Brentwood Farmers Market © Ken Bornstein

National Farmers Market Week: Shop Local and Fresh

National Farmers Market week begins on August 7 and runs through August 13. As a frequenter of the farmers markets, I thought it appropriate to honor some of my favorite vendors. If you live in Los Angeles, one of my favorite markets is the Sunday Brentwood farmers market. It is not huge, but the quality … Read more

ButtercuP Diner Cinnascuit French Toast © Cori Solomon

ButtercuP Diner: Raising The Bar On A Family-Style Restaurant

Their passion is contagious, and the food at this family-style restaurant is delectably yummy. I felt invigorated and satiated after eating a hearty breakfast and meeting Debbie and Ben Shahvar, a mother and son team who are part of the ButtercuP Diner family. With five restaurants, it takes a family to run the business. That … Read more

Break Bread The Baker's Table © Cori Solomon

The Baker’s Table: The Place to Rise, Shine, and Break Bread

When talking about passion and the art of bread making, Amy Dixon has it all. Walking into The Baker’s Table, the artisan bakery and cafe in Santa Ynez, you are welcomed by the pleasant aromas of homemade bread drifting throughout the dining area. Those were my words for describing the café in 2013. Today you … Read more

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Walla Walla, Washington: 14 Best Things To Do

Most people think of the city of Walla Walla, Washington, as an agricultural area primarily known for Walla Walla Sweet Onions and, of late, its budding wine industry. There is a cultural and historical side to this small countrified town that should be explored.  Walla Walla is also home to some of Washington States’ best … Read more

Italian Food and Wine

Italian Food And Wine Pairing Adventure

What could be better than an Italian food and wine pairing? Last month a group of LA Wine Writers discovered Italian wines from the Taub Family Wine Selections at Marino Restaurant in Los Angeles. We toured across Italy like Stanley Tucci’s series “Searching for Italy,” where he visits different regions of Italy to discover the … Read more

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Girl Gone Wild Game! … Forks Kangaroo!

Wild game is easy to come by if you know a hunter. With luck, you may have tried such things as venison or turkey, but few have the luxury of handouts of antelope, bison, or alligator. Additionally, it can be challenging to find a way to cook the item. And, of course, there is the … Read more

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Five Best Malbec for Malbec World Day

It’s that time of the year when we make an extra effort to enjoy Malbec. On April 17th, we celebrate Malbec World Day 2021 as we try to discover the best Malbec. Whether you drink Malbec Argentino or Malbec from another part of the world, we lift our glasses and toast the grape, the country … Read more

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World Chocolate Day: Seven Truths About Chocolate

Chocolate has been around for civilizations, so when World Chocolate Day comes around July 7th, there is so much to know about Chocolate than what you see and taste. Wars were fought over chocolate. A civilization saw its demise over chocolate. There are also health benefits to eating dark chocolate bars, so let’s delve into … Read more

Virtual Dinners

Highlighting Driveway Drinking, Online Wine Tasting & Virtual Dinners

From driveway drinking to online wine tasting to virtual dinners, welcome to our new norm in socializing and visiting with our friends. We used to spend our days enjoying our friendships and social lives based around a meal or sipping wine together. Finding new ways to survive the need to be social creatures in a … Read more

Gilbert Arizona The Uprooted Kitchen in Barnone at the Agritopia

Discovering Gilbert Arizona

This post is an excerpt from an article I wrote on Gilbert Arizona for FWT Magazine. Gilbert Arizona has become the fastest-growing city in the Phoenix area. Its popularity can be seen as one walks down Gilbert Rd in the heart of Gilbert’s Heritage District. Not only is the town popular with snowbirds, especially those … Read more