An expatriate of New Orleans – and professional chef – who has lived in Los Angeles since her childhood, blogs about the journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles back to New Orleans, and points along the way.

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Chatting with Chef Jason Giles of Monterey’s Portola Hotel

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013, 9:11 am in Chef Interviews, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

Lemon Thyme Popcorn

A chat with Chef Jason Giles of the Portola Hotel on beer and food pairing, sustainable seafood and a few other things.

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By Peaceful Waters- Driving up to Big Sur and Monterey Bay

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013, 8:51 am in Travel | 2 comments

Driving up the Central Coast of California through Big Sur and onto Monterey with a stay at the lovely Portola Hotel

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Loving Baking More Than Anything

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013, 5:09 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 1 comment

This wonderful Lemon Pound Cake is adapted from a recipe by baker and cookbook author, par excellence, Flo Braker.

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Bread Pudding with Sautéed Peaches – or Pears

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013, 2:04 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 4 comments

Bread Pudding, the quintessential New Orleans dessert, gets paired with Sauteed Peaches or Pears for late summer into fall.

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Cool Summer Cocktails – Wild Hibiscus Margaritas

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013, 1:11 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Cocktails | 2 comments

Wild Hibiscus flowers in syrup are a great tart/sweet addition to Margaritas, and not too far from tradition either, as hibiscus is also used to flavor Jamaica, one of Mexico’s most popular thirst quenchers.

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