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Salmon Bruschetta tops Olive Garden new menu.

 

The Olive Garden's Salmon Bruschetta

The Olive Garden’s Salmon Bruschetta

My family enjoys going to the Olive Garden Restaurant, so when I am in Minneapolis to visit them, we often go for the unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadsticks.  For $8.49*, this is a bargain.  A garden-fresh salad served family style along with a choice of four homemade soups.  You can try all four of them if you want to. “The Zuppa Toscana with sausage and kale is probably my favorite, but the Pasta e Fagioli, Minestrone and Chicken & Gnocchi are all pretty darned good,” she says with midwestern flare. (more…)

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April 10, 2014 at 9:30 am 1 comment

The Anchor Fish & Chips in Nordeast Minneapolis.

The Anchor Fish & Chips

The Anchor Fish & Chips

I grew up in “Nordeast” Minneapolis.  I once counted five Catholic churches within a one-mile radius of my old “hood”.  Why?  They all had a different ethnic origin including Polish, Russian Orthodox, Ukrainian, the Italian one my mother once attended plus too many bars to mention. Today “Nordeast” still holds on to its ethnic origins, but I dare say its gotten a lot more hip. Now known as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, it also celebrates its diversity in the food scene. (more…)

August 22, 2013 at 8:55 am 5 comments

Fine Dining on a Budget at Bastianich’s Becco Restaurant in New York City

Becco - Table 3-13Where to dine in New York City?  Too many choices.  My first choice was Felidia, Lidia Bastianich’s flagship restaurant.  I was lucky to dine at Felidia and meet Lidia herself at a business meal nearly twenty years ago and I remembered it being outrageously good authentic Italian.  But without an expense account this time, I couldn’t get my sweetie to go for this splurge.  So I poured over The Michelin Guide to discover Bastianich’s spinoff restaurant, Becco in the theatre district. (more…)

April 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm 2 comments

Langer’s Deli – for the world’s best Pastrami Sandwich

Langer's Deli 2-13This sandwich is heaven!  I volunteered downtown at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a fabulous event called Symphonies for Schools yesterday morning, where two groups of over 2000 school kids are bused in from all over the city to hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic for free.  There are a few great sandwich places that I like to visit for lunch when I’m in the downtown area.  Phillipe’s in Chinatown is at the top of my list, but today I was headed toward the mid-Wilshire area.  As soon as I started to cross Alvarado Blvd, I slammed on the brakes as I was reminded that I was in Langer’s Deli territory at lunchtime!  My car did an about face and headed to this institution at 7th Street and Alvarado and at the corner of MacArthur Park, made famous by the song with the same name by Jimmy Webb during the 1960’s.  It’s located in a colorful neighborhood with interesting bargain stores and activity, where the signs begging you to come inside appear in both English and Spanish.  A year ago I was at the Ciclavia event, where they close off the streets for bike riders two Sundays during the year.  We bicycled right past Langer’s Deli and instinctively got off our bikes to go inside, but were disappointed to discover they are closed on Sunday.  So this time, I was not going to miss out. (more…)

February 6, 2013 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Knott’s Berry Farm offers delicious food options for Foodies.

Bruschetta is a fresh vegetarian snack from Spurs Restaurant.

If you live in Southern California, then you expect to have occasional house guests.  If you have small house guests, chances are that you will be visiting some of our world famous theme parks.  This used to mean that your dining options were limited to hot dogs and funnel cakes.  Knott’s Berry Farm still has Funnel Cakes on the menu – fully loaded with your choice of strawberry, apple or Knott’s’  legendary  boysenberry topping.   But now, WOW the options are pretty amazing and can be pretty good values, considering you are a captive audience for a good part of the day or evening. (more…)

September 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm 2 comments

An Adventure in Southern California’s Little Saigon

Purchasing Red Snapper at Thuan Phat Asian Superstore

Southern California boasts some great ethnic neighborhoods. Since we are cooking Asian at our cooking class this week, we ventured down to Little Saigon in Garden Grove on Saturday.    In less than an hour, we were transported into an Asian adventure.   Lunch was at Vietnamese favorite, Brodard Chateau. (more…)

January 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm 2 comments

Healthy Asian Cooking Class – January 11, 2012 + January 7 Lunch/Shopping Trip

Reserve your spot now to Cook Healthy in January!

Red Snapper with Red Curry Sauce

Red Snapper with Red Curry Sauce

While sugarplums may be dancing in your head right now, you may be thinking ahead to counting calories again beginning January 2. I have your answer. Think Asian! Asian cuisines are healthful and incorporate lots of fresh ingredients…and they taste awesome! But how do you create these wonderful dishes at home? Come learn about new cooking techniques and some new ingredients that are plentiful in Southern California. (more…)

December 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

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I am a Chef, Cooking Teacher and Food Blogger. Learn how to create delicious and healthy food in a FLASH.

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