Not only do long holiday weekends mean a plethora of parties and overindulging, it also means a sea of processed patriotic red, white and blue recipes. The only things that I like to eat that are red, white and blue are fruits that are naturally one of those colors. When I see red marshmallows or blue dyed eggs, I look for the less patriotic hummus or veggie platter. Fear not though, it is possible to create and eat a red, white and blue recipe with all natural ingredients that is both gluten free and dairy free.
Rize offers locals near the busy stretch of Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica a casual, inexpensive Asian fusion restaurant with both Thai and Japanese options. Dine in or takeout.
Joe Jonas' first foray into restaurant ownership lands well on Main Street Santa Monica. The hip new Hinterland brings some classic dishes to the menu with modern twists.
Matsuhisa was the first, before Nobu, and is the cornerstone for a restaurant group that now includes 20 locations worldwide. A busy, tight environment gives way to top quality fish and meat, prepared simply, but expertly to allow the best flavors to shine.
Feeling patriotic for a red, white and blue recipe, but prefer using real food over processed dyes? Try this all natural, fruit based breakfast or dessert, and you'll have a healthy crowd pleaser on your hands.
While there's no meat in these meatballs, there is plenty of great flavor from savory lentils and mushrooms combined with spinach, sherry vinegar and spices. It's a gluten free, vegan veggie ball.
Move a few simple side ingredients front and center to create this fresh and easy fennel, radish and citrus salad.
The story of the origin of the Moscow Mule is almost as much fun as drinking this new twist on the standard vodka, lime, ginger beer concoction. Jalapeno and Mint give it a modern and vibrant punch, perfect for summer drinking.
While the vineyards in Temecula may not rival its bigger counterparts in Napa Valley or even Paso Robles, Temecula still makes a nice overnight or day trip from Los Angeles or San Diego to taste solid, fruit forward reds in a beautiful setting.
Torrance is home to many local craft breweries where they make the beer and allow the public to visit and taste their latest creations. Three breweries are within walking distance of each other, making for a fun afternoon of sampling.
Austin has the food scene covered from food trucks to unique restaurants that include family style meals, tasting menus and gospel brunches with live music.
The food truck scene is alive and well in Austin, Texas. There's a truck for every mood and if you're up for waiting a few hours in line, you'll be handsomely rewarded with some might fine barbecue.
What to see, do, eat and experience in Austin, Texas. You can fit in most of the major sites in one weekend.