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Rico Mandel
Twas a Saturday afternoon and my girlfriend had a hankering for some Chicken Vinegar Peppers, a favorite of ours at Fabs Corner Cucina. But alas we were up in Ventura, and going to Sherman Oaks for dinner was just out of the question. What does one do with this predicament?  Satisfy the craving and make my...
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It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when we found ourselves done with our event and were looking for a comfortable and interesting place for happy hour. Coming from DTLA  we decided to go visit La Poubelle, the French translation being “the trash can”. With a name like that, how good could it be? Names aren’t everything,...
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I’ve had many Laraneta wines and the quality is always superb. It’s not just because they make good wine, it’s also because don’t release it until it’s ready to drink, which is always a welcome change from many other producers who release their wines too early. They’ve got a beautiful vineyard in Templeton just south...
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RJ Balson’s bacon is not merely any British Bacon, it is a piece of history, dating back to the time of King Henry the VIII. I can just imagine what it must have been like back in the time when RJ Balson and Sons opened their doors in 1535. A family of butchers passing down...
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Cooked Brisket
Brisket is one of those meats that is so versatile. You can use it for pastrami, corned beef, smoke it or braise it. No matter which way to make it the trick is low and slow.
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Turning into the Koehler Winery off of Foxen Canyon Road, you are transported into a beautiful peaceful landscape surrounded by a vineyard punctuated with large gnarled oak trees framed by beautiful rolling hills. From the first time I visited this winery many years ago, it’s always held a special place for me. The wines are...
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Riverbench Vineyard
As you wind your way down Foxen Canyon road aka the Foxen Wine Trail, you can’t help to think about the wonderful scenery that the road bisects. On either side ancient oak trees grow in pastures, some with grazing cattle others now planted with wonderful vines producing a host of fruit from Chardonnay to Pinot...
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Written by Malgorzata Rose Polish Easter traditions are a combination of old Slavic customs, regional traditions and most importantly, the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are many Polish Easter traditions connected with the cuisine that we will share with you. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday. Palm branches symbolize victory and triumph. In...
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The first thing you notice about The Old Place is the smell of the oak grill wafting in the air, luring you in and whetting your appetite for a great meal. Located in the former town of Cornell it was originally Hanks country store and the post office was in the back. It was bought...
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San Sebastian (aka Donostia, in Basque) has become one of the culinary capitals of Spain. It has a rich turbulent early history which finally gave way in the later 1800s and became a summer resort for royalty and many other well-known figures. Also during this time, the phenomenon of Basque gastronomical societies (txoko in Basque)...
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