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Archive: Dec 2012

The Best Bite I Ate This Week: Is The Bite I Didn’t Eat

One Less Meal.  That’s the idea behind Double D Diner, the world’s first virtual diner designed to fight hunger.  After ordering your meal online, you pay for it via paypal or credit card and your donation goes to local food banks or soup kitchens around the United States.  I think it’s a brilliant concept.  From…

Date Night with Donny & Marie

Are you a little bit country…or a little bit rock & roll?  I grew up watching Donny & Marie on TV and always had a little crush on Donny Osmond and that cute smile of his.  Over the years I’ve followed their careers and family life from afar.  Then on December 4 Donny & Marie…

The Best Bite I Ate This Week: Green Tea Parfait

So by now most of you know that I eat chocolate whenever and wherever I can. On a recent visit to a Japanese restaurant in my neighborhood, it just seemed more appropriate to order the Green Tea Parfait than the Chocolate Lava Cake. So I did. My friends were bewildered but I felt good about…

A Princess and a Queen

I recently attended the Champagne Brunch on The Queen Mary in Long Beach.  There were diners dressed up in their holiday best, Santa was walking around greeting everyone and there was ALL THAT FOOD.  It was a beautiful spread with all your usual brunch fare and then some.  I am not a seafood eater, but…

The Best Bite I Ate This Week: Gingerbrea​d Boy

I love Christmas!  I especially love the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this time of year.  My friend Elisa, the baker and master-mind behind Sinners & Saints in Venice, has been adopting out gingerbread boys the whole month of December.  Every day that I see these cute little guys on her Facebook page I…

The Best Bite I Ate This Week: French Dip

I’ve long been a fan of the French Dipped sandwiches at Philippe.  But it’s all the way over in Chinatown, so I don’t get much occasion to visit.  Recently I had a Tour Guide meeting at Union Station and the only stipulation I had was that we walk to Philippe the Original for lunch after…

Black Friday And The Case Of The Potato Peels

So do you notice that plumbing emergencies always happen on a holiday or a weekend? Well, here’s our story. Mashed potatoes are my favorite side-dish at the Thanksgiving meal. My lovely in-laws always put on a nice dinner for the family but for some reason mashed potatoes aren’t their thing. After two years of suffering…