One of my favorite “getaways” with out actually having to get away very far is to the Temecula wineries. It has become customary to make our first stop at Ponte Winery, where we line our stomachs with a bit of delectable bites before venturing on to multiple tasting rooms available throughout the county. This is one of my favorite pitstops with a gorgeous restaurant patio and misters for those hot, humid days. They have a great selection of light lunch options like the cheese plate you see above. Tastings in Temecula range from $12 – $20 for 5 to 6 tastings a person. Just remember, get a designated driver. If you cannot find one, there are many services available for hire. No one wants to end a great day on a bad note.
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I have fallen in love with my new cookbook Sprouted Kitchen, a whole foods recipe book with incredible illustrations and a focus on healthy, seasonal produce. As a last dash to hold on to summer, I made this summer squash couscous with a green herb grilled shrimp. Absolutely scrumptious! It was even better knowing that the herbs used for the sauce came straight out of the garden.
Now if you live in a warm place like Southern California, the produce for this recipe will stay in season a bit longer. Since most people actually experience seasons, the produce has probably already switched over to fall. But don’t you worry; you can transform this dish simply by substituting zucchini for eggplant. I am not going to post this recipe in hopes that you get this book. I found that Amazon is one of the best and cheapest places to buy it. However if you are not willing to do so, just send me a message under my contact tab and I will be happy to pass it along.
Designer has hit a whole new level down in La Jolla, California. The newly opened Bardot Bars is a hand-made ice cream bar shop that claims to offer “Love on a Stick” from traditional to exotic flavors. Just like designer clothing, this ice cream shop has two collections: their Classic Collection and their Bardot Collection. The Classic Collection features flavors such as “Honey I’m Home,” a cookies and creme ice cream with authentic heavy cream and covered in 60% dark Belgium chocolate and “The French Kiss,” a toasted almond ice cream covered in 40% milk Belgium Chocolate. If your mouth hasn’t started watering yet, you should check out their Bardot Collection which features flavors such as “Inner Piece,” a raspberry ice cream with a layer of rich and creamy matcha green tea covered with raspberry coverture. For a complete view of their products, you can click here.
I have to say, this concept is a bit extreme but it seems to work. Their interior design is incredible and sets an edgy yet simplistic vibe that is great for adults wanting to indulge in a sweet getaway. They also use unique to-go packaging that can keep the ice cream cold for up to eight hours allowing you to take these unique treats home even if you live far away. I am not sure I would be a regular with prices around $5.40-$5.80 a bar. However, it is an awesome once-in-a-while, on special occasion spot. It’s a great scene for dates, for sure (take notes boys).
Last week I officially moved back to the U.S. But of course, to ease the transition back to California, I took a five day pitstop in Boston to visit some old college friends and wander around my old romping grounds. Being the food-loving human I am (I am obsessed with taking pictures of my food), I couldn’t stop in Boston without going to Quincy Market once or twice. I have to say that I missed a lot of the fatty delicious foods while in Spain. I’ve confirmed that Americans seem to be experts in this topic.
To be honest, these photos don’t even do justice to the amount of food I consumed over those five days. Between the deep fried macaroni and cheese balls, ginormous burgers, crab rangoon, countless bagels with veggie cream cheese and sprouts, hush puppies with sour cream maple syrup sauce and well…more sushi than I should admit, I survived my visit and am still eating my way through various cravings. What I am trying to say between this rant and reminisce of food is that if you are visiting Boston; make a stop a Quincy Market. It will make your taste buds dance and your stomach content: even for the pickiest of eaters. You are bound to find something for everyone in your group.
Suckling pig, known as cochinillo, is a traditional Spanish dish that is robust with simplistic flavors. This is not a typical everyday meal. I was lucky enough to enjoy this delicious delacacy in the company of my friend SK, who was able to capture the moment and snap all these great shots of our dishes. (You can read her blog about her visit in Spain and other interesting posts at viva la sk.) Many cultures prepare similar dishes that incorporate spicy herbs and fruits; however, at Jose Maria, a traditional Segovian restaurant, they follow a recipe that uses basic ingredients such as water and salt. This simple recipe makes the sourcing of their primary resources, in this case the piglet, very important. They use the highest quality meat from local farmers in order to extrapolate the best flavors possible. Whatever their methods may be, I have to say, this meal was incredible. I almost had to take my belt off at the table in order to eat a bit more. The complimentary pacharán digestif was the perfect way to ease the stomach and top off the meal. If you are ever visiting Madrid and would like to take a day trip out to Segovia, I would highly recommend this restaurant. Just make sure you make a reservation ahead of time. You won’t be disappointed.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are filling your houses with drool-causing smells and are about to embark on an epic adventure of taste bud fulfillment and dangerously full stomachs. This is my second year celebrating Thanksgiving in Spain (you can read a bit about my first one, here and here). The traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple sauce, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie have been carefully prepared by yours truly with the help/overseeing of my male roommates. Due to conflicting schedules we decided to hold this delicious holiday in my household on Wednesday (hence the premature pictures). But no worries I am lucky enough to be celebrating this twice, both Wednesday and Thursday. So enjoy your company, watch some football, and EAT some incredible food. Cheers!
This weeks weekly appreciation is purely focused around food. Anyone who spends enough time with me soon learns that I take pictures of most of my food before I eat it (usually pictures of my friends food too). I LOVE eating; especially when its some of my favorites. This past week I visited the U.S. and induldged in all my favorites while enjoying the great company of friends and family on both the east and west coast. Its been a year since I have been back so I over did it a bit; however it was worth every bite and pound. Next week I have promised myself that I will eat only fruits and veggies. Enjoy the pictures and avoid drooling. Sorry if this makes you hungry. (P.S. the pictures aren’t that great of quality…but thats what happens when you are crave-crazy and only have a phone to take photographic evidence.)