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On the Road

I’m packed and ready to hit the road again. My neighbor Sarah of Fruit & Flour pies lent me a copy of Big Sur by Jack Kerouac, which I’m really looking forward to reading on the 15 hour flight over to AUS. First stop, Melbourne!

Basic Training: Marrow shooters and awesome osso buco

Over at Brand X, I’m documenting my culinary school experience in a column called Basic Training. This week, I shared a stellar recipe for osso buco. It’s incredibly simple, but the best part is the savory marrow shooter at the end of the meal.┬áCheck it out! Photo credit: Rick Meyer for the Times

Peppermint Bark

One of my favorite things to make for holiday parties and gifts is peppermint bark. It’s super easy–only takes about 20 minutes to prepare–and is absolutely gorgeous to put into little cellophane bags with festive ribbons or into a gift basket. Here’s the recipe I use: 1 large block of Trader Joe’s chocolate (22 oz)…

Bouchon, Beverly Hills

My fingers were cramped up from crossing them the entire month of October. I was hoping for an on-target opening date for Bouchon to sync up with my birthday. And contrary to common restaurant opening delays, Keller’s establishment actually pulled it off, opening it’s doors on November 18 as promised. After some intense stretching, my…

Comida Bandidas visit Mo Chica

All too often, I hear women complaining that they don’t have enough girl friends. We all move along after college, get too busy with work, life and boyfriends and seem to lose touch with our close girls. So, I thought it would be fun to get a group of ladies together every month or so…

Let’s hear it for New York…

I’ve got a giddy-little-school-girl-crush on New York City.  Last week, we had a three day bi-coastal love affair, and now that I’m back to sucking up smog in LA, I’m craving just one…more…night… Sure the trash-lined streets and stinky subways were irksome at times, but the late-night last calls (4 a.m. what!) and amazing eateries…

Wading my way into the blogosphere

I’m shocked it took me this long. Really, for a girl who grew up writing herself to sleep, finding nothing more enticing than a clean sheet of paper and a jelly pen, I should have jumped on the blogging bandwagon a long time ago. That’s not to say I haven’t danced around with the idea….