Category Archives: CHEESE

INVERAWE and SMOKED SALMON PATE

Anyone hooked on smoked salmon has probably heard of Inverawe and Robert & Rosie Campbell-Preston. Robert & Rosie opened Inverawe Smokehouse in Argyll, on the West Coast of Scotland, in 1980. Robert was the fish smoker, an art he learned growing up on the banks of the Awe. Rosie tackled the marketing, a talent she […]

CÁCERES, CULINARY CAPITAL OF SPAIN, 2015 & MIGAS

The food of Cáceres rocks! The restaurants are rad! The take-home edible souvenirs are wicked and wow! No wonder a jury composed of top representatives from Spain’s hotel, restaurant and publishing industries, declared the city “The Culinary Capital of Spain, 2015.” The city, in the province of the same name, sits in the sparsely populated […]

DESTINATION KOHLER AND THREE CHEESE SOUP

If you’re a golfer, a gardener and/or gourmet, Kohler is the place to be.If you’re an interior decorator, designer and/or plumber, Kohler is the place to be.If you love luxurious stays, fine restaurants, spa treatments, divine chocolates, Kohler is the place to be. Oh, let’s cut to the chase. If it’s spring, summer or fall, […]

HOUSEBOATING AND EGG STRATA

I trace my love of houseboating to the 1958 film Houseboat. In the film Cary Grant lives on a houseboat with his motherless kids and Sophia Loren, a symphony-conductor’s runaway daughter masquerading as a housekeeper. So romantic. So fun. Made me (and every woman and man in 1958 America) want to trade lifestyle—and spouse—for the […]

FARMSHOP AND AVOCADO HUMMUS

It’s sunny and bright, hip and happening, and loaded with celebrities. We could be describing Southern California and Los Angeles in general, but instead are telescoping in on Farmshop, an artisan market and restaurant that perfectly reflects the cool vibe of both the region and the city. Actually, there are two Farmshop restaurants—one in L.A. […]

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, THE CAPITAL HOTEL, PIMENTO CHEESE AND SPICED PECANS

    Central, Clinton, Capital and cheese, the centerpieces of contemporary Little Rock tourism, represent not only the top charms of the city but also cornerstones of American history, charismatic hospitality and culinary delight. All are musts when visiting Little Rock.     CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL In 1957, nine courageous African-American students braved contentious crowds […]

NEW GLARUS AND GOOD FONDUE RECIPE

Can you guess where I am?  Let me give you some hints. Cheese is the major product, with raclette and fondue the favorite dishes. People dress in embroidered folk costumes and yodel. If you hang around long enough, you could probably hear an alphorn and would certainly spot a Heidi playing among the half-timbered chalets. […]

Croque Madame

The Grove Café & Market in Albuquerque, New Mexico, serves French-accented foods in an attractive setting that is part cafe, part coffee house and part gift shop. Add the sum of the parts and you’ll get a whole lot to love, including a terrific Croque Madame popular at breakfast, brunch and lunch.

French Onion Soup

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and French onion soup. Magnifique!

STAR DISHES FOR SAG AWARDS

Wow! Attended a press event previewing the food and wine to be served at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. Spent an afternoon sipping and sampling as well as watching and photographing the food paparazzi who were sipping and sampling and watching and photographing chef Suzanne Goin and actress JoBeth Williams in Suzanne’s […]