good food + awesome travel & occasional odd bits

Month: January 2012

Goat Milk Chocolate Cake with Bourbon and Cocoa Nibs

Goat Milk Chocolate Cake with Bourbon and Cocoa Nibs

Do you sometimes get cravings for certain foods where substitutions just won’t do? A taste for a specific flavor? What about unsuccessfully trying to trick yourself into wanting something else, something you readily have on hand in the pantry? I know, none of that changes […]

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Our ladies recently started laying eggs again after a long hiatus of shorter days and chilly nights. You can imagine my excitement when we got our first egg again! In celebration of fresh eggs and our ladies who lay the best ones, I made some […]

Fresh Broccoli Pickles

Fresh Broccoli Pickles

Eating stem to flower makes me feel good and more importantly, tastes really good too. I try not to waste food and am always looking for new ways to use up the extras. One day, we were listening to the Splendid Table podcast and there was a quick mention about pickling broccoli stems. What an idea!  I was foolishly throwing out and more recently, composting the stems before I knew about this fantastically easy and tasty way of transforming fibrous stems into a snack. The best part? It’s so easy! And quick!

Once you try it, you’ll be hooked. This method of making quick pickles of broccoli stems is versatile and lends itself well to a variety of flavor profiles.

After the broccoli has been sitting in the salt overnight, drain the excess water the next day. When the water is drained, add the above ingredients to the jar of broccoli, shake, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours to marinade the broccoli. Enjoy on their own straight out of the jar or enjoy as a compliment to a cheese platter.

SF Bay Area: Adventures in Eating  {La Costanera Restaurant- Montara, CA}

SF Bay Area: Adventures in Eating {La Costanera Restaurant- Montara, CA}

Over lunch at the Flying Fish, we started talking about dinner plans and La Costanera Restaurant. I already had a place in mind for which I had been craving and missing for far too long. It was a toss up since we had only one […]

Let’s Go {Half Moon Bay and Pescadero, CA}

Let’s Go {Half Moon Bay and Pescadero, CA}

One of the places I love most in HMB is the Flying Fish Grill. They have delicious fish tacos (fried cod) and the best crab cocktail. The last time we were there, they were in their original location next to the seafood shop. This time, […]

Let’s Go {Palo Alto, CA}

Let’s Go {Palo Alto, CA}

Some mornings should start out like this:

wake up at a leisurely hour- sit around watching tv- get dressed while watching tv- sit around a little more- decide where to go for breakfast- take it s-l-o-w but make sure to count all the Prius cars you see on the way to Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto, CA. It makes for an amusing ride.

This place has the tastiest mochas I’ve ever had- thick and rich and full of chocolatey sweetness so you don’t need a speck of added sugar.

Pistachio Cocoa Nib Tuiles

Pistachio Cocoa Nib Tuiles

Recently, one night after a nice homemade dinner, I had a mean craving for a little something sweet. Once I got that idea in my mind, there was no stopping me. No matter what I was able to scrounge from the pantry (none of which […]

Pan Fried Mochi

Pan Fried Mochi

What do you eat when craving a delicious snack? Sometimes cookies, cake, or generally anything chocolate will do. Not this time. Once in a while, when I want something on the  salty side, I turn to pan fried mochi. This satisfies the craving and is […]

Happy Friday {Whale Watching}

Happy Friday {Whale Watching}

Well, it’s the end of the first week of the New Year and the short work week has been nice! Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to the weekend. This was taken on the way to whale watching in San Diego, CA – such a beautiful day. How are you spending your Friday?

Pistachio & Chocolate Tigres

Pistachio & Chocolate Tigres

There are some desserts discoveries that forever will stay on my top 5 favorites list. One extra special sweet treat is the tiger eye. I can’t get enough of them- they are crowd pleasers and very easy to make. In France, I searched for them […]

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