Oceans and Earth

Oceans and Earth

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.

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France's Unique Jura Wines

France's Jura Wines

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.

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Chickpea Scramble with Zucchini and Thyme

Vegan chickpea scramble

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.

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