Michael's Restaurant has been in Santa Monica longer than any Millennial has been alive. During all of this time, I never managed to dine there. I'd heard of the well-regarded local chefs who spent time in the kitchen like Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman and Mark Peel, but it always seemed like a pretty "grown-up" place to go back in the day. Then I think it went through a been there, done that, dated period. Now Michael McCarty, the name and brain behind the restaurant, is giving it a new life with a new chef, and that's what finally got me in the door.
Prague was founded in the 9th Century and went through centuries of Roman Empire Kings and Austrian Habsburg rulers, but didn't become the capital of the still to be created, Czech Republic, until 1918. Even after 1918, Prague endured Nazi Germany occupation for 6 years and then lived through 4 decades of Soviet backed communist dictatorship. It wasn't until 1993 that Czechoslovakia split in two and the Czech Republic was created and the first President was elected.
Ah comfort food. That used to mean something completely different to me than it does now. Pizza, burgers and fried chicken were probably the comfort food dream team for me back in the day. Those foods, in their overly processed, greasy state, would send me straight into a food coma. Luckily, there are healthier, less coma-inducing ways to enjoy some modern day comfort food, like my recipe today for gluten free coconut lime baked chicken.
Michael's Santa Monica has been serving diners for 37 years, but is fresh off a small face lift which includes the installation of whiz kid chef, Miles Thompson, formerly of Allumette.
The Springs' new food partnership with Juice Served Here means great healthy meals on offer like gluten free, vegan salads and dairy free yogurt and chia pudding in many locations around LA.
A block off Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is Erven, an unassuming, plant based restaurant, serving unique and bold flavor combinations.
This gluten free, egg free, coconut lime baked chicken has all the flavor of your favorite comfort food, without any of the processed ingredients, making for a healthier, tastier dinner.
These mini socca rounds are a great gluten free, dairy free, cracker substitute to snack on or serve your favorite dip or pesto on. It's a great addition to your holiday appetizer collection.
Dress up your gluten free zucchini noodles, aka zoodles, with a seasonal pumpkin kale pesto. Drop them in a colorfully carved orange pepper, and you're ready for Halloween!
A great way to sample some of the 28 wineries San Luis Obispo is by attending the Roll Out the Barrels wine weekend where you can get up close and personal with many of the local winemakers.
The watermelon berry cooler will help you beat the summer heat with a blend of frozen berries, watermelon, lime and mint. Serve to the whole family as is or spike with your favorite spirit for an adult beverage.
Clarissa and Jonathan Nagy have become quite the young power couple in Santa Maria, responsible for producing quality wines in the region at three different locations. Here's where to sample their wine, eat some great food and lay your head while visiting Santa Maria.
Prague has had a turbulent past with different rulers and occupation, but it's now finding its own voice, and balancing old and new, with history and development.
Krakow Poland has a growing healthy food scene with options for vegans and those who are gluten free, or simply want a break form heavier Polish food.
Krakow Poland, the former capital of Poland, is a culturally-rich city that offers many great sights to explore over a long weekend. Here are your must-see items to experience while visiting Krakow.