About an hour and a half into my drive to Oceans and Earth, I thought about turning back. Rush hour in Southern California is the worst, but what was I thinking accepting an invite to try a restaurant in Yorba Linda on a Wednesday at 4pm? I was thinking that if this chef and restaurant are as good as they both sound, it'll still be a shorter trip than the one's I've taken where I've needed to board a plane.
When I lived in Paris, I loved the diverse French wine options I could find everywhere from high end restaurants to the grocery store. You didn't just see the big boys of Bordeaux and Burgundy, though I can't say I ever tired of seeing those guys. I only wish the prices in the US were as friendly as those from my local Monoprix! Luckily there are many other French wines that are deserving of attention for both their price, as well as their taste. Jura is one such region that is producing reasonably priced wines that run the flavor gamut like no other.
When I was told I had an egg allergy, I was pretty devastated. Eggs were a big breakfast staple in my life. Sure, I've now learned to use chia and flax eggs for cooking and baking, but those could never take the place of scrambled eggs in the morning. Then I learned about the many wonderful properties of chickpea flour, aka, garbanzo bean flour, besan or gram flour as they call it in India. I was happy to see gram flour all over India, making for some great gluten free cooking. I decided to grab some chickpea flour and mix it up with some sautéed zucchini and thyme for one of my new breakfast staples.
Oceans and Earth is an innovative restaurant in Yorba Linda, growing and serving organic and gluten free ingredients from a personal, environmentally friendly garden that focuses on sustainability.
Hanjip is a new restaurant in Culver City offering Korean BBQ. Bring a group of friends who aren't high maintenance and enjoy an evening cooking dinner over personal grills at each table.
Charcoal Venice is Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin's turn at a casual steakhouse. Expect heavy use of the grill for everything from steaks to seafood and a large variety of vegetables.
If you don't eat eggs or if you're just looking for a new protein-rich breakfast recipe, this vegan chickpea scramble with sautéed zucchini and thyme is a great morning staple.
This raw, vegan fig chocolate mousse uses natural ingredients like avocado, coconut milk and cacao for a healthier dessert. There's no refined sugar - just a great sweet taste.
Honey ginger syrup is a great natural sweetener, perfect for adding to tea or a cocktail. Combine it with a little warm water to use it as a healthy flu-fighting elixir.
France's Jura wines are for the wine enthusiast, eager to try something new. Prepare to be surprised and delighted by the large and unique variety sold at better prices than its Burgundy neighbor.
With French friends visiting, I found a few good spots in Napa Valley for a palate trained on Burgundy and Chablis. I even threw in some great views of Napa.
This cranberry lime sparkler is an easy drink to pull together for a holiday brunch or party, with or without alcohol.
The Taj Mahal is on many people's bucket list to see, but is it the highlight of a trip to India? It depends on what kind of traveler you are. Here's my opinion.
Udaipur, known as the white city or Venice of the east, offers water views from all angles, especially when staying at the luxurious 5-star floating hotel, the Taj Lake Palace.
Chhatra Sagar lays between Jaipur and Jodhpur, making for a tranquil break from the city to enjoy luxury tents, village life and delicious cooking.