Napa Valley

We spent this past 4th of July weekend in Napa Valley. H and I had been before, but it was the first time our daughter (almost four). We also met with friends that also have a son (three yrs old). So we had to keep that in mind when choosing the hotel, restaurants and wineries to visit. Napa...

Canning

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Raku Las Vegas

Last night we had dinner in what is hands down the best Japanese restaurant I ever been too: Raku. We had made reservations for the Omasake style dinner. The place is in a strip mall in Vegas’ chinatown. It’s a very unassuming location. The place is fairly small (about 40-50 seats)...

Pasta with anchovies...

This is a take on a very traditional dish from Abruzzo. Ingredients for two people: 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil one clove of garlic 3-4 anchovy fillets Couple of dry spicy chillies (feel free to use more!) a generous bunch of italian parsley (also known as flat parsley).  Roughly...

Seattle restaurant p...

King5 is launching a bracket-based competition to determine the best restaurant in Seattle. Below my picks for the first round. It was mostly an easy one for me aside from a couple of matches. Matt’s in the market vs Harvest Vine was a very tough one for me. They are both excellent...

How to choose the &#...

Just ran into this great tip on how to pick the watermelon 1. LOOK – Your watermelon should be firm, symmetrical and free of major bruises or scars. Some minor scratches are okay, however. After all, the purpose of that thick rind is to protect the delicious contents inside. Ripe...

Monsoon East Review

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Penne with garlic sp...

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Mesa Grill Las Vegas

Last night we had the chance to dine at the Mesa Grill in Las Vegas (at Caesars Palace). H had been there before and really liked it. It was my first time. Although I am not the biggest Bobby Flay’s fan I was looking forward to trying Mesa. Overall the service was excellent. It was...

Local 365

Recently I had had lunch with a friend at Local 360. This is how Local 360 describes itself: Local 360 is a sustainable restaurant and food producer, based in the heart of downtown at the corner of 1st and Bell. Our emphasis is on local sourcing, with the majority of it falling within a 360...

oysters on the grill Mar31

oysters on the grill

During our recent weekend in Seabrook our friend Preben made some awesome grilled oysters. He calls them “Burton Style BBQ Oysters from Lydies”. We had some nice local fresh oysters. Preben added a bit of cheese and a spicy mix. Good...

sausage, polenta and...

This is a simple, quick and tasty dish for a rainy day (which happens a lot in Seattle) lunch. The one tip is to use one pan to cook the mix greens and than the sausages. Finally use a bit of chicken stock to deglaze the pan. It’d result in a very thick and flavorful sauce that you can...