Category Archives: CALIFORNIA

BEAUTIFUL LIVING FROM CAL-A-VIE

I don’t know Terri Havens, but I am astounded by her creations. Everything that Terri touches seems imbedded in splendor.  I love the georgous Cal-a-Vie Health Spa that she and her husband own in the lavender-scented hills of Southern California. I adore the spa’s majestic setting, the flowers, the French antiques, the bedrooms, the public […]

PORTO’S BAKERY & CAFE AND ROPA VIEJA

California’s iconic Porto’s Bakery & Cafes are now selling frozen goodies nationwide. These Bake at Home treats delight and we are grateful to have them available when not able to get to the bakery in person. On the other hand, the favorite Cuban dish, Ropa Vieja is only available in the cafe, but you can also make it at home as Porto’s gave us the recipe.

TWO BUNCH PALMS SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

Time for a Covid19 break? Time for Two Bunch Palms, an oasis resort in Southern California.

KOBEE FACTORY’S KOBEE THREE WAYS

Wafa Ghreir, owner of Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen in Los Angeles, CA, shares her recipe for kobee (aka Kibbee, kibbeh, jubba) made three ways.

YUCA’S HUT COCHINITA PIBIL

    IMMIGRANT CHEF: SOCORRO HERRERA Yuca’s Hut Los Angeles, California Socorro Herrera was born in Mérida, the capital of Mexico’s Yucatán State. Both ancient Mayas and Spanish conquistadors settled in Mérida leaving behind rich cultural characteristics that influenced Socorro as she grew up, married and started a family.  Seeking a “better education for her […]

A PERFECT MEZZE MEAL

Great ideas and recipes for a snazzy brunch or family dinner mezze meal. Concept copied from Toast Bakery Cafe and Ta-eem Grill in Los Angeles.

CHOCOLATE BUTTERMILK CAKE–THE BEST

Chocolate buttermilk cake is so easy to make and incredibly delicious. Plus it serves a crowd. Luscious to the max. Here’s the recipe…

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT: ODD, OFFBEAT AND WEIRDLY WONDERFUL

Visit the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, Salvation Mountain, Slab City, East Jesus and Galleta Meadows Estate in the Southern California Desert area to find weirdly wonderful art and other unique attractions.

MELROSE UMBRELLA COMPANY AND MEZCALI ME BANANA COCKTAIL

The recipe for a luscious mezcal based cocktail from the Melrose Umbrella Company cocktail bar/restaurant on Melrose Ave. In Los Angeles.

MAMMOTH EATING IN MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIFORNIA

Mammoth Lakes offers vast opportunities for outdoor activities. The Sierra Nevada Mountains provide a winter wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The Lake Basin supplies majestic lakes for fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. And the entire region is a scenic playground for hiking, biking, camping, photography and exploring nature. But […]