Tim Love’s How to Cook the Perfect Steak

This was my third year in a row to catch Tim Love’s class at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic…it is just so entertaining, I can’t help myself.  The subject matters are similar: “Rub Versus Marinade”, “Cast Iron Cooking”, to “How to Cook the Perfect Steak”.  However, I still find myself learning something new or revisiting something I once knew, along with absorbing some of his pearls …

Rosé Revolution

Wine and spirits expert, Anthony Giglio, has written over 10 books on wine and cocktails, including “Cocktails in New York” and the “Mr. Boston” cocktail and bartender series.  In addition to being an entertaining raconteur, Anthony also has a weekly column aptly named the Wine Wise Guy at Detail.com in the Food & Wine section, is a wine reporter for CBS News Radio, is the wine …

Aspen Food & Wine ’15 Preview

Welcome to my new format for Texaztaste!  It’s official, and I have made the switch from Blogger to WordPress, a move that has been suggested to me for some time, but I was too scared to try.  I enlisted the help of the delightfully knowledgeable tech duo, Emily and Jacob Dietz of Scottsdale, AZ, to show me how to navigate the murky waters of social …

Sea of Cortez

As the temperatures here in AZ start climbing, all of us “Zonies” are reminded that summer is around the corner, and it gives us an excuse to start planning our escapes.  A short two hour plane flight away and we can be in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur (Southern Baja) to enjoy the beauty of the Sea of Cortez, the body of water …

An Evening With Paul Hobbs

I recently had the pleasure of attending a wine dinner at a local country club featuring winemaking trailblazer Paul Hobbs.  The Paul Hobbs wines from both the Sebastopol (California) and Viña Cobos (Mendoza, Argentina) wineries have attained cult-like status in our household.  It was a bit ironic that we were able to meet up with him in our back yard of Paradise Valley, while missing …

Volcán Villarrica

Just a few week ago, on March 3rd of 2015, I turned on the television to news of the Villarrica volcano erupting in the Chilean town of Pucón, with a resulting evacuation of 3,500 of the 22,000 residents.  A popular tourist destination located some 500 miles south of the capital of Santiago, Pucón is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, where sports revolve around skiing, snow boarding, …

Saison San Francisco

Hubby and I felt that a milestone birthday was excuse enough for a star-studded event, and in our case the stars referred to the culinary ne plus ultra known as Michelin stars.  But don’t misunderstand me: I don’t wait with bated breath for the yearly release of the Michelin Guide; I just happen to have some culinary savvy friends who are well-versed in the art …

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

The next stop on our California road trip was the bucolic Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.  The name “Big Sur” originated with the fact that it was known as the big country of the “south”, specifically south of the Monterey area.  Prior to the establishment of a two-lane paved road in 1937 linking Monterey to San Simeon, Big Sur was virtually uninhabited.  Hubby and …

Hearst Castle: La Cuesta Encantada

Approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco (4 hours) on Highway 1 in the California Central Coast, lies Hearst Castle, the legendary estate built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951).  His father, George Hearst, a skilled miner and geologist from Missouri, moved to California in the mid-1800’s to mine, and in 1865 purchased the property as a cattle and horse ranch.  One hundred …

A Brief Intermezzo

While culling through my 100+ photos of our next destination, Hearst Castle, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of things we did in between our visit to Los Angeles and our arrival at San Simeon:   Bouchon 235 North Cañon Drive Beverly Hills, CA  90210 310-271-9910 http://www.thomaskeller.com/beverly-hills-california/bouchon-beverly-hills Montage Beverly Hills 225 North Cañon Drive Beverly Hills, CA  90210 310-860-7801 http://www.montagehotels.com Bottega …