How has a humble rice cake with three simple ingredients (rice, mung bean, and pork) come to symbolize Tet, the most celebrated of Vietnamese holidays? The gift of Banh Chung during the New Year has become the most important tradition of Vietnamese culture and was passed down from one generation to the next. Always curious […]
One of the most exciting culinary experiences during my fall fling in Paris was preparing a three-course meal in a cooking class offered through L’Atelier des Chefs. The afternoon class got off to a rough start but one of the tomes I live by is that things happen for the best, and this adventure was […]
I am thankful for the beauty that exists in our world. For this week’s obsession, I offer you a glimpse of Italian sculptor Antonio Canova’s exquisite Cupid Awakening Psyche (1793) at the Louvre. Absolutely breathtaking- it is love carved in stone. According to myth, Cupid awakens Psyche from eternal slumber with a kiss.
While a picnic for one may sound frightfully lonely in most cases, a picnic for one in the Garden of Les Halles in Paris while savoring a French roll and salad from famed baker Eric Kayser, can only be described as an earthly pleasure that you hope exists in heaven. When faced with the gorgeous […]
Our second evening of eating like a local in Cannes: La Cave , a tiny, lively old-style bistro serving classic French food and wine. Amazing how in an unbelievably modest sized open kitchen and service area, 2 chefs and 3 waiters can efficiently create and serve flavorful and filling plates to a packed restaurant all […]
I’m having a tough time getting back into the swing of things after traveling most of October; some for pleasure but some to take care of urgent family matters of a not so pleasant nature. Here, I’ll focus on the pleasure part and share with you some scenes from our stay in Cannes on the […]
Here’s a quick quiz for you: 1. Do you like barbecue? 2.. Do you like the blues? 3. Are you looking for a fun and affordable evening of entertainment for the entire family? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, then why not head to Huntington Beach and the gorgeous ocean-front Hyatt Regency Resort […]
Last week was Orange County Restaurant Week so there wasn’t much cooking going on in the She’s Cookin’ Kitchen. OC Restaurant Week gives local foodies a chance to enjoy specially priced prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner at over 100 participating restaurants. The specialty menus usually consisted of three courses at lunch for $10, […]