Culinary Walks in Florence

Florence Italy is a beautiful city filled with history, renaissance architecture, and rich culinary traditions. It was home to the Medici family whose influence you can see throughout the city in its art and architecture. The city is easy to walk around and you can lose yourself amongst the piazzas,  streets, and shops. Take a stroll along the Arno River...
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Balsamic Chicken with Peppers & Onions

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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Happy Hour at La Poubelle

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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Laraneta’s Cardinal Gold

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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Balsons British Bacon Extraordinaire

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

The Perfect 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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Koehler Winery, a must visit

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

Riverbench – The Oasis in the Santa Maria Valley

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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Easter Traditions of Poland

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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