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Santa Barbara, Tacos and Julia Child


Julia Child’s favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara, where she lived late in life, was La Super Rica Taqueria, a down and dirty taco joint. The reigning goddess of French cuisine openly shared her love of dining there in interviews with Bon Appetit, Good Morning America, which inspired an article in The New Yorker. I just

Summer Series: Alfresco Baby!


Fresh ocean air, glimmering beach, warm ambience and oh-so-beautiful people are just some of the reasons  to make a dinner reservation at the Galley Restaurant next time you’re in Nantucket.  Oh yes, and let’s not forget about the utterly delicious food, which is inspired by the island’s abundant seafood and by the restaurant’s own organic garden.

Summer Series: Alfresco Darling!


Finding an outstanding outdoor restaurant with top-notch food in San Francisco is no easy task. But thanks to my friend Frank, my quest was realized when he introduced me to Stem Kitchen and Garden. Stem has it all: exceptional food, a slick interior, bocce, fire pits and awesome views of the bay.Not to stop there,

Gwyneth, Gossip and Goop


A little over a year ago, Star magazine named Gwyneth Paltrow as the “most hated celebrity” and People, as the “world’s most beautiful woman.” These two opposing viewpoints highlight just how polarizing the actress has become. There are clearly the anti-Gwynethites, who find her views out of touch with the common folk and the pro-Gwynethites,

South Park Cafe


One of my favorite squares in San Francisco is South Park. It’s very European in size and scale, in large part because British immigrant George Gordon, who longed for the elegant and stylish squares or crescent of London, designed it.   And what better way to enjoy its quiet ambience than dinning at the South

Fur Real!


Now here’s an interesting twist on things. The Meow Parlour in Lower Manhattan is the perfect place if you need a quick pick me up cup of tea or a perfectly purring cat, which could ultimately result in a much needed cat adoption. Sound complicated…not quite. Cat Cafes started in Asia in the 90’s, due

Discovering Gold in San Francisco!


    With all the tech growth in the Bay area, San Francisco has become more vibrant than ever. Neighborhoods are now teeming with new restaurants and fun, interesting things to do. I recently visited Valencia Street, in the Mission District. It’s a hip, fun slice of the city . My favorite place there to

Coq Au Vin


You can’t beat a good Coq Au Vin, especially during the winter months.  It is my go to recipe when I want some delicious and crowd-pleasing dish to serve.   Some of my toughest critics, my children, have been known to request it. You end with moist and tender chicken and an epic sauce. It is particularly

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