“Forks in the Road”: 60 Candles, 7 States, 4 National Parks, 3 Weeks

Last September, a milestone birthday (not mine – I’m still in some “mid years”) hatched the idea for a fabulous whirlwind adventure through the beautiful West. The secondary goal of the journey was to visit some national parks (Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Lake Mead thrown in for good measure) in a new trailer. But of course, there was a lot of eating and drinking … Continue reading “Forks in the Road”: 60 Candles, 7 States, 4 National Parks, 3 Weeks

“Forks in the Road”: Healdsburg Highlights

Had never been to Healdsburg, so headed up with the pups for a mid-week February jaunt. (Yes, I’ve been remiss in posting this … hopefully better late than never.) It’s a charming town a lot like Paso Robles – a main square, lots of good restaurants, in the middle of wine country. No wine tasting this trip though, but maybe next time! L&M Motel – Wonderful … Continue reading “Forks in the Road”: Healdsburg Highlights

“Forks in the Road”: Sippin’ and Snackin’ in San Diego

Another tasty, fun-filled jaunt — this time to San Diego! It was a jam-packed trip that included visits to 11 breweries/taprooms, and that just scratched the surface of the local beer scene. The beers certainly did not disappoint. All were really good, and the only ones I didn’t much like were just styles of beer that aren’t my favorite. Arguably the U.S. capital of craft … Continue reading “Forks in the Road”: Sippin’ and Snackin’ in San Diego

A Line on Sustainable Seafood in Morro Bay

The original version of this article appeared in my “Local Flavors” column in the Tribune newspaper on April 9, 2015. In light of what recently happened with the West Coast sardine fishery (closed because the population has crashed), this is a look at a fishery that not only came back, but is now rated sustainable by Seafood Watch and the Marine Stewardship Council. This article … Continue reading A Line on Sustainable Seafood in Morro Bay

“Forks in the Road”: San Francisco Treats

Whenever I go to a city, my cultural exploration always revolves around food, and recently I got to indulge that passion in San Francisco. There’s always a theme when my besties and I go out and about in this wonderful city (this time it revolved around SF Beer Week), but a continually underlying theme is also “old school” spots, especially those on the SF Heritage … Continue reading “Forks in the Road”: San Francisco Treats

Get Your Bánh Mì On!

Bánh mì! Where had you been all my life? As much of a sandwich lover as I am, it’s surprising that I’d never heard of bánh mì (pronounced bun me) until a few years ago. Though specific ingredients can vary, this Vietnamese sandwich is typically made with grilled meat or tofu, cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, pickled carrots, daikon radish, and a spread such as aioli or … Continue reading Get Your Bánh Mì On!

How to Stop Cheese Sauces from Breaking Your Heart

In theory, it seems as though cream sauces should be a snap, right? If you heat cream, which is a liquid, and add cheese, which melts with heat, the result should be a happy, easy peasy, yummy swim of delight for your pasta, right? Well, of course, anyone who’s tried cheese sauces knows that it’s just not that simple. There’s that moment when you think … Continue reading How to Stop Cheese Sauces from Breaking Your Heart

“Forks in the Road”: From Vancouver with love to Poutine and Saumon Fume

I’m just recently back from a first-time ever visit to Vancouver, and must say that the city and citizenry deserve high marks. A lot of tasty treats to be had, and thankfully downtown and nearby areas are very pedestrian-friendly as well so we could walk off all (well, some of) the yummy calories. Particularly memorable dishes ran the gamut from Chinese, to Moroccan, to locally … Continue reading “Forks in the Road”: From Vancouver with love to Poutine and Saumon Fume

“Forks in the Road”: Chicken Fried Bacon? Oh yes we did San Francisco!

It all started so innocently. I got an assignment to do a short article on pairing wine with bacon. Since the tasting room staff at Hope Family Wines (HFW) here in Paso Robles had been doing such an event for the past two years for Harvest Wine Weekend, I was asked to interview them. Seriously? I’m being asked to sit and catch up with some … Continue reading “Forks in the Road”: Chicken Fried Bacon? Oh yes we did San Francisco!

Antioxidant Mixology

  Well, it’s Fourth of July, so the watermelon recipes are flying! I must admit though, that the ones that have been catching my eye are for adult beverages like a basil watermelon cooler with vodka and a watermelon tequila cocktail aptly dubbed “The Party Starter.” (Nix the simple syrups though – the watermelon is so sweet on its own you really don’t need more … Continue reading Antioxidant Mixology