July Travels: Cork, Concrete, Corn & Cow Country

July Travels: Cork, Concrete, Corn & Cow Country

I knew that I'd be traveling every week in July and that this space would be neglected, but I didn't realize that the apocalypse would simultaneously start at my house.  I'll spare the many, many painful details here, but I do want to fill you in on the fun part of my trips.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Season 1

The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Season 1

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a restaurant fanatic and practically a walking Zagat guide. I've been meaning to summon up some city guide posts, but in the meantime, I thought that it'd be fun to give you a little list, based on memorable restaurant dishes. I'm not sure if it's still even on the air, but Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" was always one of my favorite shows. Probably because I'd either agree with or argue against everyone they had on–or at the very least, develop a new food odyssey. 

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Solvang + A Hidden Ranch in San Luis Obispo

Solvang + A Hidden Ranch in San Luis Obispo

A few Saturdays ago, I met up with an old culinary school friend of mine in Solvang, California. Jamie owns Calistoga Olive Oil Company (THE BEST OLIVE OIL I'VE EVER HAD) and was down south cosponsoring a pretty cool organization, Destination Races. I've only paid to run a race once in my life (I don't fully grasp the idea of paying to run), but the events that DR hosts are pretty unique. My sister, Jackie, joined me for the day trip since neither of us have visited Solvang in years. 

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Sweet Potatoes w/ Mascarpone, Dill & Pistachios

Sweet Potatoes w/ Mascarpone, Dill & Pistachios

I've had this recipe sitting in my computer for a good few weeks– days before my house was overtaken by contractors and my oven became unusable. Needless to say, they're almost done (new backsplash and countertops and other stuff!) and I'll be able to get back to cooking soon.

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On The Documentary "Fed Up"

On The Documentary "Fed Up"

I knew I had to see the new food documentary "Fed Up," after hearing multiple radio interviews last week with some of the experts. My thoughts shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has read this site's archives, and were only heightened and saddened after the film. The main message centered around our country's processed food–and most notably sugar addiction–and the government's role in this mess.

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Baby Kale, Tangerine, Pistachio & Orange Blossom Salad

Baby Kale, Tangerine, Pistachio & Orange Blossom Salad

Years ago, I worked the line with a guy who I wasn't crazy about. He was a decent cook, and a fun dude, but our working styles just didn't click. It was my last week at that restaurant and I was more than ready to close that chapter and not have to see my bff daily for 12 hours. 

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Slow Cooker 7 Spice Brisket

Slow Cooker 7 Spice Brisket

I do this thing every April that involves me cooking a brisket, a huge tray of mac & cheese, spring salad, roasted vegetable, a dessert–or basically my menu of choice. I call it tax season. My friend's CPA husband gets to eat real cooking for days and I can trust actual expertise with my filing. It's really the only thing good that can possibly come from absolutely no one's favorite time of year. 

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Subscription News, A Few Notes & A Video!

Subscription News, A Few Notes & A Video!

SUBSCRIPTION NEWS:

To those who have been loyal readers of this blog: you've witnessed the many design incarnations this site has seen over the last couple of years and I appreciate you sticking with me. Every time someone tells me they made something off mine, I get the warm fuzzies, and for that, I thank you.

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