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Happy Valentine’s Day

You may recall that in October (the 23rd to be exact), I went to The Mayo Clinic for my yearly physical.  While I had been watching my LDL cholesterol levels rise over the last 5 years, it wasn’t until my coronary calcium test revealed calcium build up in my arteries that I made a radical switch to a whole-food-plant-based (WFPB) diet as an alternative to …

Banza Chickpea Pasta

I was recently approached by a company called Banza to test their pasta product.  The timing was fortuitous, as it coincided with the start of what I call Operation Lower Cholesterol.  Other than free product, I have not been compensated for this post.  All opinions are of my own, and I happen to love this product!  Banza pasta is made from chickpeas, and contains twice …

Top Culinary Trends 2019

I get asked often regarding trends I see in the restaurant industry, so I felt this topic may be relevant for the start of a new year.  As a reference, I looked to the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” survey, an annual survey that asks chefs to identify food and beverage trends for the coming year. The following is a preview of the culinary themes …

La Villa Bonita

I soaked the walnuts in milk and spent the next hour carefully peeling them, all the meanwhile thinking, “do people really go through this much trouble to make a sauce?”  It was the moment I came to appreciate the intensity and work spent on preparing traditional sauces.  But I was not at a fancy French cooking school: I was in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at a week-long cooking …

Farewell to Cowboy Ciao

The dining scene in the Valley has experienced a major loss.  By now, many of you have read the October 15 announcement that Cowboy Ciao would no longer open its doors to the public.  On their Facebook page, it was posted: Unfortunately, an end of an era has come upon us.  Tonight is the last night Cowboy Ciao will be open.  Thank you to all …

The Margarita: Quite Possibly The Most Perfect Drink

I blew out my flip flop Stepped on a pop top Cut my heel had to cruise on back home But there’s booze in the blender And soon it will render That frozen concoction that helps me hang on.  Wasted away again in Margaritaville Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame But I know, it’s my …

10 Hot Topics From Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2017

I would be remiss if I let this summer float on by without sharing with you some of my experiences from the Aspen Food & Wine Classic held by Food & Wine Magazine in glamorous Aspen, Colorado.  This was my 5th year to attend, and it is my absolute guilty pleasure of the summer. Frosé.  We all know that rosé has exploded onto the culinary …

Santa Maria-Style Barbecue

You may recall in my post, Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2016 (https://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 …

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 …

Mofongo and Chilis, and a little José Andrés

Beach vacations are all about hanging out in a hammock with a good book in one hand and a tropical rum drink in the other. But in Puerto Rico, I was torn…I had all these grand plans to explore the island (you know the rain forest and the colonial villages), but then I laid eyes on this little spot outside the Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s reception area…the Positivo Sand …