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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…

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December 31, 2012

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…

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December 26, 2012

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…

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December 24, 2012

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…

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December 21, 2012

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…

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December 17, 2012

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…

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December 10, 2012

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 in silence, a few weeks ago I announced that I hoped they didn’t mind but I was bringing mashed potatoes. My very sweet husband Matt who is the cook in our family (I am the baker) did some research on the Food Network and came up with not one but two versions of mashed potatoes. Where did he put all those potato peels? In the garbage disposal of course. Well picture this: pots and pans everywhere, the counter tops filled with remnants from my baking…

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December 7, 2012

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