Friday, August 5, 2016

Casa Vega

I've probably blogged on Casa Vega but I vote them to be the Best Mexican Restaurant in California.

When you walk in, its like stepping into the 70's. An old nostalgic scene out of the valley. Its dark, low key and all out good times. Any person that lives in the valley knows of this local spot.

This place has the best Margaritas, Salsa, food and Mariachi band.

If you haven't been to Casa Vega, you haven't experienced life.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I'm loving the new Chef!

I haven't been in a while and decided to visit my old stomping grounds for one last bite. Unbeknownst to my taste buds I was pleasantly surprised with some old but fresh faces in the kitchen. As I spoke to the staff I asked where was the old Chef was (immediately I became negative). He explained that the new Chef had been there for a while but working under the other Chef. Well lets just say my prejudices were put to rest with my first course and I will be returning next week with friends!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lasseter Family Winery Tour

Unfortunately this tour was recommended by a driving company that we used and lets just say I wouldn't recommend the tour. However,  I enjoyed the Rose (Enjoue). I don't know if it was the boring group I went with or it was just too hot to be standing in the vineyards at 100 degree weather.
I really didn't have expectations but I wasn't impressed. The tour guy was awesome and well spoken but I think the tour itself needs a little work. Cheese and wines aren't going to cut it. The story about the owners brings a little warm touch to the winery but...... I was day dreaming when will it be over.

Raymond Winery

This place has lived up to Winery of the Year. Decorated with Baccarat and topless manikins how could you not have fun. This winery plays fun music. It also allows you to live fabulously in the Red Room which is plushed with Red Velvet.

Two months ago I had the opportunity to take their Wine Maker's class. The best class ever while listening to Rick James, Give it to me Baby!

Buena Vista Winery

Found a gem!

Buena Vista is the first winery to open in  California. Its also owned by the owner or Raymond Winery in Napa. Hands down the two most liveliest places in Napa. Our experience was so great that I joined the wine club. Xoxo
My girlfriend and I were invited to the Bubble Room and had a fabulous time.

Thank you Buena Vista for hosting us.

Favorite Wine: Albarino

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Amsterdam - Stroopwafel

Nothing like an authentic Stroopwafel in Amsterdam! I noticed you can now find these special little treats in the States now. I even found some in Vancouver.

Thanksgiving 2015

As you all know Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Check out the pictures from my family holiday dinner.

There's nothing like a perfectly set table to go with your event. All items were purchased at Pier 1 and Homegoods.

2015 and Vitamin D

Sorry its been a year since my last blog. 2015 was a hard year for me. Like many artist you have a block and for some reason in 2015 I felt uninspired. Well after a battery of test I found out I was lacking Vitamin D. To make a long story short many people with Vitamin D deficiency experience fatigue, tiredness, depression and other health risk. Now that my levels are back to normal I am BACK!!! Can't wait to share my post from Paris, Amsterdam, Napa, Vancouver and much more. xoxoxo Jasmine P.S. make sure you are getting your Vitamin D

Sunday, November 16, 2014

French Toast Casserole

Looking for the perfect brunch recipe?! I swear by Tyler Florence and his "Test Kitchen". I'm not a baker or into measuring but this is the best airtight recipe I've ever tried.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I can't begin to tell you how delicious this loaded potato is with brisket and pork.  Its perfectly smoked for 12 hours and to be honest even the potato skin is delicious.  AK BBQ is a husband and wife team that makes this delicious-ness out of their home in Farmers Ranch. Hands down the best bbq I've had ever! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Emporium pies

Not sure where the name came from but all I can say is that this pie company doesnt need a name.  I tried two pies that were new for the season and yes I'll be back! I've seen lines out the door and now I can see why. It was so worth every caloric bite I took.

Hard 8 bbq pit

We don't have place like this in L.A. so I can appreciate this. Next to Fresno BBQ I'm thinking this is a hard 2nd place in the country. I really enjoyed the set up at this place. The staff was awesome. You get free beans and you pay by the pound (meats). I was able to try the tri-tip, sausage, roasted corn, cole slaw, baby back ribs, bacon wrapped chicken. All items were delicious. I'm looking forward to my next visit since its only 3 miles from my hotel!

Boulevardier ~ Dallas

A few months ago I went here for drinks patiently waiting for my table at St. Lucia on the next block. I'm really glad that Hattie's was booked for brunch because I cant imagine having a more perfect brunch than this. We had the bloody mary and Irish Coffee. Very solid beverages. The Irish Coffee was a perfect blend of warmth that soothed my belly.
I also had the Duck Confit with grits cake. If I had two bellies I would have eaten the entire dish.
This place is definitely on my top brunch spots in Dallas. The chef is amazing!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Grilled Lobster Caesar Salad with homemade Croutons

A very simple recipe that anyone can make.

4 lobster tails grill or boil
Romaine lettuce
6 slices of french bread
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 lemon juiced
2 garlic cloves minced
Salt and pepper
Caesar Dressing

For directions email

Friday, August 15, 2014

Connie & Ted's - Santa Monica Blvd. WeHo

A friend of mine suggested this place  and now I feel like I am the last know. Its the perfect Seafood place that Los Angeles has been missing. Living so close to the Ocean it still boggles my mind why we dont have more restaurants just like this??!!. The sad thing is that we have a whole entire coast that creates sub-par seafood and this place is situated mostly in a residential neighborhood of West Hollywood. 
Ok back to the dynamic food...
I had ordered the oysters on the half shell, lets just say.... Amazing!  They were fresh, sweet and the fresh horseradish and migonette sauce they placed with it was perfect.
We also ordered a cup of the clam chowder which does not use a thickening agent. To my surprise it didn't need it. It was packed full of flavor and honestly I didn't miss it.
The fried calamari is also a great appetizer with two delicious dipping sauces, marinara and a something else that was yummy lol.
Last but not least.... you must order the Porgy Fish plain. It is a light, flaky and flavor fish that is made to perfection!

Oh yea oh yea!