Category Archives: RESTAURANTS

TIM BRENNAN, CRAVINGS AND BANANA BREAD

Tim Brennan knew what he was doing when he named his bakery/cafe Cravings. Anyone sampling his offerings is apt to develop cravings happily ever after.

BEST EVER LAMB BURGER

Mary had a little lamb And spinach topped with cheese. She also had some buttered bread And seconds on the peas. She had some cream of celery soup,  And fluffy mashed potatoes, And lots of Roquefort dressing On thickly sliced tomatoes. She had a wedge of apple pie, A piece of chocolate cake, A slice […]

3 BEST COCKTAILS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

I’m getting sloshed on New Year’s Eve. It’s the only way to end the terrible, horrible, no good, really bad 2020. I’m loading up on cocktails. But not just any cocktail. My cocktails must be spunky enough to chase away doom and gloom and usher in the light and bright.  I’ve come up with three […]

BEN POREMBA and OLIO’S EGG SALAD RECIPE

Ben Poremba is a most unusual man–chef, restauranteur, entrepreneur, world traveler..well the list goes on. Sweet Leisure interview him and secured a recipe for one of his favorite dishes, Egg Salad as served at Ben’s Olio restaurant.

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.

LONA’S LIL EATS DUMPLINGS

Lona Lou owns and runs the popular St. Louis restaurant Lona’s Lil Eats. Dumplings are among her most popular dishes and she serves two kinds: steak and mushroom. Here is a recipe for Lona’s dumplings with a mushroom filling.

GÖRLITZ, LUCIE SCHULTE AND TRIFLE

Görlitz, in Saxony, Germany, attracts the international film industry. Over 100 movies have been shot in the village, and the restaurant Lucie Schulte serves the cast and crews with a great deal of style. One of the restaurant’s best dishes is Poppy Seed Trifle–and here is the recipe…

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.

KITTY’S KAFE FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

Kitty’s Kafe in Gulf Shores, Alabama serves the best, wickedly delicious, fried green tomatoes. Here’s the recipe…

GRAND RESIDENCES RIVIERA CANCUN AND COCKTAILS

Lately I’ve been dreaming of Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. It’s the 5-star resort where I would love to be confined. Beautiful suites. Lovely beach. Great pool. And best of all, unmatchable food and drink. As to cocktails, here are two recipes: the resort’s Habanero Margarita and the Almond Passion. Mmmmmm!