Saturday News- Great Stuff We Find on the Web

Saturday News

Saturday News ~ Links to articles I found interesting, entertaining and delicious. I do receive links from family and friends to add to my list. Feel free to email me a link for next weeks round of up news.


For the Foodie Fans Who Love San Francisco

This first link was the spark for this week! Nick’s thoughtful girlfriend Kiley, sent me this article because she thought I would enjoy it! I just loved it and thought you would too. A gorgeous replica of the Ferry Building in San Francisco…made of gingerbread! It comes complete with a farmer’s market.

Read here ~ How to plan a weekend getaway ~


From the Los Angeles Times ~ For the beer lovers in your life – I know a couple… Six Gift Ideas for the Beer Lovers on your List!

I love to receive gifts that friends have made just for me in their own kitchen. If you need a couple of ideas… Here you go! 10 Best Homemade Gifts from the folks at FoodandWine.

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Petit Trois ~ A Teeny Tiny Paris Bistro in Los Angeles

Petit Trois
The restaurant resides in an un-glamorous strip mall. Who knew?

Tiny but mighty Petit Trois

The dining room consists of two bars, one made of wood and one of marble
The dining room consists of two bars, one made of wood and one of marble
Petit Trois
The kitchen is efficient, busy and lined with french copper pots.


With only 21 stools (no chairs), this is a small, but mighty, little bit of heaven on Highland, just off of Melrose Avenue in LA.  Petit Trois is the second collaboration of Ludo Lefebvre and the super star Los Angeles chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal.

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Where to Eat in Pasadena ~ The Best Restaurants and Bars

Where to eat in Pasadena

Are you coming to Pasadena anytime soon? Is your favorite college team in the Rose Bowl? Are you up to your knees in snow, icy wind and rain? Do you long for winter temps in the 70’s? What? Yes, the 70’s.

Where to eat in Pasadena

Yes, my friend it is so. The winters are mostly sunny and mild, with no humidity, the mountains are lovely and it is only a short drive to the gorgeous beaches of So Cal. However, we do have plenty of people living here, so just a visit, ok?

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Seattle Cooking Class: How to make pizza at home (It’s pretty easy)

how to make pizza at home

How to make pizza at home ~

Good news! I learned how to make pizza at home and it’s EASY! Well, not super easy, but certainly doable. I always thought that it would be a big mess and/or too hard to actually make delicious pizza in my own kitchen. I never understood how I could get my regular oven hot enough to cook a pizza effectively.

Here’s the answer to that question: Line a sheet pan with several unglazed tiles (about 1/2″ thick) place it on the bottom of your oven, then cook the pizza directly on top of them.

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A Magical Meal on the Beach by Outstanding in the Field


Outstanding in the Field
Outstanding in the Field 2016 – Santa Cruz, CA


Outstanding in the Field ~

One year ago, almost to the day, we attended our first Outstanding in the Field community dinner. Outstanding in the Field is a mobile culinary feast that travels the US and the globe to bring together local farmers, culinary artisans and food lovers to share an outdoor, farm to table meal. At each location, at these “restaurants without walls”, Outstanding in the Field chooses a local chef to manage the meal preparation to spotlight the local farmers, fishermen, ranchers and vintners. This group effort promotes the love of great food and celebrates ingredients that are chemical free and lovingly prepared.

Last year, we sat on a farm in Hollywood, CA (yes it does exist) with 150 other engaging, happy foodies, drinking wine by the light of mason jar candles, while eating a farm to table meal fit for a queen.

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An “Onolicious” Kauai Culinary Adventure: Eating House 1849


Eating House 1849

‘Ono – The word ‘ono with the okina means delicious in the Hawaiian language.

Onolicious – This slang word is a variation of ‘ono combined with the word delicious.

Eating House 1849

From the culinary pioneer of Hawaiian Fusion, James Beard Award winning chef Roy Yamaguchi, a new concept restaurant called Eating House 1849, was opened just two miles down the road from our hotel in Kauai!

It opened in 2015 and is located in Koloa at the Kukuiula Shopping Center on the south shore of Kauai in Poipu Beach. Eating House 1849 pays homage and was named after a restaurant that was in business in the mid 1800’s. Roy pays tribute to Peter Fernandez, a Portuguese immigrant and an early restaurant pioneer and his style of cooking to create this brand new (and delicious) concept.

We truly had no idea what to expect and the truth is that we tried to get a reservation at Roy’s where we have had many delicious dinners in the Hawaiian islands and in Orange County. After checking the Roy’s website, we learned that the restaurant had closed on Kauai and something else took its place. Totally unfamiliar with this restaurant, we charged ahead and made a reservation. We knew that if Roy was executing this menu, it had to be outstanding.

Emphasizing this Hawaiian culinary history and focusing on local farmers, foragers, ranchers and fisherman, Eating House 1849 performed like it had been there for years.

Eating House 1849

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A Hollywood Food Adventure: The Taste

LA Taste

The Los Angeles Times annual food and wine festival is uniquely Los Angeles. Perfectly named The Taste, it is our third time attending and we loved it just as much as the first two experiences. We chose to attend the day and evening events on Saturday, but The Taste LA actually began Friday evening with the Opening Party, two events on Saturday and two on Sunday. In the past we had purchased a pass for the weekend, but our schedule wouldn’t allow it this year.

LA Taste

Our kids joined us (finally) and they only had so much time to give and wanted to relax at home with us as well. Lucky us, I will take a visit from them whenever they want and wherever they want!

LA Taste

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Flashback Friday ~ Our Summer Edition!


flashback Friday
Chillin’ in Kennebunkport – #heavenly


I thought it would be fun to do a Flashback Friday post. Today’s post incorporates May 30th – August 30th 2015. Oh my, a lot can happen in one summer.

Flashback Friday 2015 – Summer Edition

flashback Friday lobster roll
The mouth-watering lobster roll in Kennebunkport – To die for!


In the summer of 2015, my Dad was still with us, I went to Kennebunkport for the first time and Nick graduated from UCLA! I had a blast at a UCLA sorority reunion and we went to a music festival called Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Craig and I filmed an infomercial for the Perfect Cooker in our very un-perfect kitchen in the fixer upper. We discovered new places to walk in our new neighborhood. We had a great time in New York City, discovering new places to go and we also discovered some great places to eat in Pasadena. And last but not least, we started the adventure of living in Seattle for “6 months” which turned into eight.

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