Los Angeles has come a long way in the vegan restaurant department. Just a few years ago, the most creative plant based dish you could hope for was radishes and carrot shavings mixed in with your iceberg lettuce. Not only are there now great vegan options at many restaurants around town, there are also dedicated plant based restaurants that are serving inventive, gourmet cuisine from top chefs.
Strawberry season is a pretty happy time around my place. The natural sweetness in strawberries makes for a great way to punch up so many dishes. I like them in desserts like my berry patriotic chia seed pudding and they're also a great addition in pretty much any salad you can dream up like this quinoa berry salad. Now it's time for a strawberry lemon poppy seed vinaigrette.
Los Angeles now has a robust selection of vegan restaurants that can satisfy both plant based eaters as well as carnivores who are open to inventive recipes with quality ingredients.
Bareburger Santa Monica's opening brings a healthy option to the burger restaurant category with a range of organic, grass-fed patties, including vegan and build-your-own choices.
Maradentro Brentwood is the newest name in Mercado Chef's Jose Acevedo line of quality Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.
Summer comes together in this strawberry lemon poppy seed vinaigrette to enjoy all season long on fresh greens with crisp fruits and vegetables.
Don't throw away those carrot top greens! Turn them into a healthy and dairy free pesto to put on other vegetables, noodles or your favorite protein.
3 easy ingredients come together in this crisp and refreshing cucumber dill ribbon salad. It's gluten free and dairy free and the presentation makes it perfect for parties and BBQs.
Move over orange juice, there's a new Mimosa in town mixed with Prosecco, grapefruit and lime. Sip it for brunch or to kick off a great summer party.
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.
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.