Monday, April 14, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Does it really matter that every time I go to Napa I blog about it?! Lol. I have an obsession. The school is always doing something different so every time I go its like a new relationship starting all over again. Did you know a new cafe was opened indoors? Probably not because I was definitely surprised when I walked in. Of course I had to buy the chocolate truffles. My new favorite is the lavender honey truffle. I suddenly fell out of love with the mango truffle. I think the recipe was changed?!!! Mm either way I'm still happy when something new comes about.
I think this is probably one of the most picturesque estates I've been to in Napa Valley. The funny thing is that I have driven past this place more than a dozen times. Glad I did.... I was able to purchase 1 of the 8 bottles left of a really yummy merlot. Im not even a Merlot fan but this one caught me off guard. He (yes I said he) had a beautiful aroma and flavor of French oak and was light on the palate. I'm rarely into deep tannins that are often associated with merlot wines. What I also enjoyed was the cheese pairing with the wine tasting as it brought out all that their wines had to offer. I wish more wineries would do that. It makes the experience much better!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I've blogged, tweeted on the restaurant Lemonade several times. By far one of my favorite gourmet homemade food spots. My favorite location is in Pasadena (not a fan of the one in Westlake Village). Anyway... or any who... the Cauliflower soup is one of my favorites besides the truffle mac n cheese.
Today I decided to Google the recipe and was able to find it. Yay for me. I followed the recipe to a T but decided to put my own finishing touches to it. I added truffle oil (1 tablespoon) and fried fresh sage in olive oil. I didnt think it could get any better than the original recipe but I took it to another level.
Monday, March 31, 2014
I've seen this restaurant more than a dozen times while driving highway 29 but never stopped because it always looked crowded. Luckily it rained Saturday because I finally got my chance to check them out and see what this adorable restaurant looks like in the inside. This restaurant really envelops what a farm to table restaurant should look and feel in a very upscale chic way. Its a very open and lit restaurant which gives you a very nostalgic feeling (for those of you that grew on a farm). :-)
I ordered the steak carpaccio but somehow a steak tartare came out. Im not complaining because it was really tasty!! I love how it was served with an open egg yolk and finishing salt. The argula was dressed perfectly which balanced out the entire dish.
I also ordered the sole fish served with a butter lemon sauce over smashed fingerling potatoes and sauteed spinach. My main entree was recommended by my server Emily. It was a great light recommendation since the gnocchi with ragu beef was sold out.
I cant wait to return.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Since our first evening of dining was not a success (for me) we decided to go with a restaurant where we couldn't go wrong. The Chop House was the perfect place to have a solid surf n turf meal on the main boulevard in Palm Springs. The highlight was the oysters on the half shell. My girlfriend Tiff and I were able to convert our friend Miko into an oyster lover as we prepared her oyster with the classic minonette', lemon and horse radish additions. I ordered the king crab legs and made my concoction of lemon, salt, pepper and Tabasco. Boy was I happy! If you're looking for a place where you cant go wrong in Palm Springs.... this is your place.
I forgot about this gem nestled in Burbank as I was contemplating making home grilled pizzas. However, if you're looking to buy the best sauce, burrata cheese, sausage, pepperoni and anything authentically Italian this is your place. I also purchased some imported prosciutto and lets just say I will never buy the domestic stuff again. I realized the domestic stuff is chewy. The imported prosciutto melts in your mouth.
Unfortunately I ate the canoli and dont have a picture but it was pretty good. I must admit its not as good as my friends husband mother Chef John Leone. She just has that special touch! But I'm not shunning it all.
The next time I come I plan to have the gelato. Mmmmm
Below is my finished grilled pizza with burrata , kalamata olives, pepperoni and fennel sausage.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Well for you last minute folks out there needing to make an Irish meal (hopefully you're off work) but run over to Whole Foods and grab their pre marinated corned beef package. All you need to add is water, carrots, potatoes and cabbage. I also purchased some sauerkraut and mustard. You can use a crock pot or dutch oven. Mmmm I cant wait!
Friday, March 7, 2014
I decided to have Sunday Brunch at the house. As you all know my friends and family are my guinea pigs. So here are a few tips from my trials and errors that turned out fabulous. My brunch menu: Fried Chicken, Waffles with vanilla bean, fruit salad with habenero-sugar, apple tartine with creme fraiche, rosemary potato hash cake, bacon and goat cheese quiche with Pico De Gallo, black forest bacon and a cheesecake from Chef Ryan.
Cizano Asti has the best Sparking wine that makes the best Mimosas. You can purchase at Bevmo for $20 or Whole foods for $9.99.
Apple tartine. Only make with golden delicious apples or heirloom.
Do not over crowd the pan when making potato hash or you'll end up with mushy potatoes. I had to make them into cakes and fry. Yes they were delicious! .... but a little time consuming to say the least.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I'd like to apologize for all the missing pictures that were linked to this blog. A lot of hard work has gone into making sure that there are pictures with every review and recipe. Unfortunately I didnt know that Google Plus connected to my blog and linked to Picassa web albums through my phone. I deleted these pictures permanently because I needed room on my phone not knowing that all of these entities linked together. I'll do my best to repost as many pictures as I can.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire was recommended to me by Chef Ryan Rodeno. First lets just say the service is definitely first class. The restaurant was beautiful with a world class view of the strip.
Again we decided to do the Valentine's Day menu which was a successful choice.
I got to finally taste Venison. I have always been reluctant to try as I wanted to make sure it was done right. It was tender and beautiful and I have no future plans of tasting it anywhere else. We also has the baby veal with an ice cream sauce. Yes a savory ice cream sauce!! When you say Twist this is the true food twist you expect. The unexpected tasting of the night was the oyster with a banana chip on top. When you close your eyes... it was like being in the south of France on the beach.
Unfortunately I have one complaint about the pastry department. The eau Claire was hard and burnt. I was really looking forward to what I've tasted in Paris.
Other than that my visit was worth every penny. ★☆★☆★