Bacon and Pea Risotto

First off, let me just tell you about Matty: My husband is a picky little prince.  When I first met him, he was one of those people who would eat only california rolls in a sushi restaurant, a grown man who never ate a salad unless it was made of cheese, a person who would(…)

Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive

So here’s the thing: I’m a bit of a creature of habit.  I know what I like, and I don’t like anybody messing with it.  I’m the type of loon that buys ten of the same tank top in different colors.  (It’s a nice tank top, ok?)  I get anxiety at just the thought of(…)

The Tasting Kitchen

Here’s the thing: I’m the kind of nutcase that will travel many miles to visit a restaurant.  There’s a place in the middle of nowhere off the 154 highway in Santa Barbara county I’ll go to just for their tri-tip sandwich (I love you, Cold Spring Tavern).  So heading west to Venice isn’t that bad,(…)

Son of a Gun

Hear ye hear ye!  The guys behind LA’s beloved Animal restaurant have opened up a new place! First of all, if you haven’t been to Animal, you’re missing out.  Think of it as an ode to bacon, the restaurant equivalent to a meatlover’s pizza, a shrine to swine… Wow, that last one was bad, even(…)

4 Days in Paris

4 Days in Paris

Paris isn’t just for lovers.  It’s for indulgent gluttons and winos, too.  Which means, for me at least, it’s the promised land. Just so we’ve got this covered, anyone who knows anything about food knows that French chefs are culinary masterminds, revolutionaries, and downright demigods when it comes to the world of gastronomy.  Italians too,(…)