maybe i *can* be a Pinot girl: "a rebellion is brewing...Instead of power...finesse, a dry vitality, lightness and an almost transparent intensity"
who knew eastern european food could be so sexy and sophisticated? smoked duck breast and grilled foie gras on lemon-marinated red cabbage, cucumber and radicchio
a cheese and bread presentation perfectly suited to TasteSpotting ~ at Salute Wine Bar in Santa Monica
Crudo (Italian Raw Fish): Cured belly of ocean trout with house made mustard at Riva Restaurant
freshly made tortillas
Chocolate-chestnut torte. Layered Devil’s food cake, chestnut mousse and croquant. Sweet endings at Heaven's Dog.
Whole Tilapia on a Puerto Rican platter of deliciousness at Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine in San Rafael, CA
20 year search for goulash like grandma's ends with a recipe from Blu Jam Cafe
Torched Salmon Nigiri Sushi from Sakae Sushi in Burlingame. Part of one of the best sushi meals ever.
Chicken and chorizo filled empanada
Strawberry Banana Muffins - Whoo hoo! California strawberries are in season!
A visit to Contigo Kitchen + Cava, San Francisco's new Spanish restaurant from Chef Brett Emerson (of the blog In Praise of Sardines).
"Dragon's Breath", Caramel Popcorn Bites "cooked" in Liquid Nitrogen, at the Bazaar by Jose Andres
the talk of the foodie town in LA is The Bazaar by Jose Andres, and SIV confirms with a rare 4 star review - caviar cones with salmon roe
Mushroom Foraging Class in Carmel Valley, CA
The Davis Farmers Market in pictures
gorgeous white, fluffy coconut cupcake recipe taken from the famous Auntie Em's in LA
Sink your teeth into L.A.'s finest burger.
**editor** he's just not that into you; and she's just not that into...thai.
Aji/Spanish Mackerel Nigiri Sushi at Sushi Zo
for some reason, LA restaurants' Super Bowl-inspired recipes are all coming from OC...like Muldoon's Whiskey Marinated Wings
How much would you pay a French four star chef to make you a roasted pork shoulder sandwich with homemade mustard and fresh greens? Unless you live in Berkeley, you'd be surprised.
not your average tart; brown sugar-cinnamon pop pie from CakeMonkey Bakery - perfect single-serving dessert.
Mixed organic spring mix, tomatoes, carrots and sunflower sprouts topped with sesame-ginger dressing
From cupcakery Vanilla Bake Shop in santa monica, a recipe for their key lime pie "shots" - too bad it's not a true caketail with a dessert liqueur in there!
Pesto Grilled Pizza with Sausage and Peppers. Grilling the pizza crust dough before topping adds lots of rich smoky flavor.
Beef Stew Noodle Soup (Thai style pho) - a fantastic way to spend $5.50 at Lucky House Thai in Berkeley, CA.
Succulent oysters from Carlsbad, California. Available at the Santa Monica and Hollywood Farmer's Markets.
Snap pea and edamame salad from Lemonade in West Hollywood.
Caramel Sea Salt Macaron. 'Nuff said.
A wood fired pizza with arugula is capped off with a perfectly set farm egg
blackberries + gin + Cointreau + jalapeño = "Jale Berry" at Bar Centro at the Bazaar by José Andrés
Ho, ho, ho for gourmet Hostess-like cupcakes and other lavish little cakes from this amazing bakery.
Fra'Mani salami, buffalo mozzarella and broccoli rabe come together in Cowgirl Creamery's excellent sandwich of artisanal treats.