Marcella Dreams of Uchi

With the closing of ShinBay in Scottsdale, I have been eagerly searching for sushi of the same caliber.  As luck would have it, we had plans to travel to Dallas for my college reunion, so I set about obtaining a coveted reservation at Uchi Dallas.  Success was in the form of a 5 pm reservation on a Saturday.  Five pm??  How old am I, right? …

Char Kitchen + Bar Scottsdale

Father/Son duo, Peter and Pal Micakaj, have taken over the space in Hilton Village vacated by Bink’s Kitchen +Bar.  Peter, Albanian by birth, immigrated to the US in the 60’s and has worked in the restaurant industry across the country, from New York City to Detroit and now Arizona.  His son, Pal, joins him in the kitchen, while sister, Pauline Martinez, who co-owns Perk in …

Harvest Dinner

I am constantly amazed by the fact that I cannot remember where I placed my coffee mug, yet I can remember the exact details from a meal of ratatouille I had with my parents at Chez Georges in Paris in 1992. I used to say that running after kids has zapped all my memory cells, but now that they are approaching their teens, that excuse doesn’t …

Fair Fare

I experienced a “first” last weekend…my “first State Fair”. And not just any State Fair, but the State Fair of Texas.  I cannot believe I went to college in Dallas and never took the time to partake in one of the most American of all traditions.  According to Wiki, the Texas State Fair is the largest, with over 3,000,000 people in attendance over the two-week long …

Santa Maria-Style Barbecue

You may recall in my post, Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2016 (http://www.texaztaste.com/aspen-food-wine-classic-2016/), I attended a class where Tyler Florence extolled the virtues of Santa Maria-style barbecue.  Santa Maria-style barbecue is the “fifth style of barbecue”, he said, after Texas, Memphis, Kansas City and Carolina.  He walked us through the preparation of a simple rub for tri-tip, smoked it, and served it with two complementary salsas.  What …

Entertaining in the Desert, Part Three

While I am adding the finishing touches to some longer posts, I will share with you photos from a dinner party I hosted over the weekend.  We were celebrating two milestone birthdays, one for 45 and the other for 90 years. I drew inspiration from a photo on my Pinterest page, and designed a Chinese table scape, for one because my mom, Frances, had oodles of Chinese …

BBVA – El Celler de Can Roca Tour 2016

My first thought when I was invited to this dinner was, “What does a bank and (quite literally) one of the best restaurants in the world, El Celler de Can Roca, have in common?”.  Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, or BBVA, acquired Compass Bank in 2007.  Okay, so it’s a Spanish bank, and Spaniards love food and drink.  The bank benefits from its association with culinary …

“Eat This, Shoot That!” Santa Barbara Funk Zone Tour

On a recent glorious So Cal day, a close friend from Santa Barbara suggested we spend an afternoon touring Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone with Eat This, Shoot That!, a food and photography tour.  Eat This, Shoot That! is the brainchild of Tara Jones, a college photography teacher and local foodie, who decided to blend her two passions, offering the choice of two tours through the Funk Zone and …

Wine My Way at the Aspen F & W Classic 2016

Among the many things the Aspen Food & Wine Classic does well is to encourage the audience to “think outside of the box” when pairing food with wine.  I have heard and read the standard line of pairing whites with seafood and reds with red meat, but what if you don’t necessarily want to tow that line?  And what do you pair with “difficult” food, like …

Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2016

I have been a bit of a vagabond since Memorial Day, floating between Arizona, California and Texas. While it has been great, the kids are growing a bit weary living out of a suitcase. I am happy to settle down for a month in California before the kids’ school starts to enjoy some cool weather and catch up on my posts. For the fourth year …