Blog 1: Kefir Making By Activating Live Culture

Follow along in a 4-part blog series. Learn about the history, health benefits, and how to make Kefir in this first blog post. For thousands of years, the Eurasian people in the Caucasus Mountains (between Russia and Georgia) made and drank Kefir (fermented milk). With their ritual of drinking Kefir everyday, villagers in the Caucasus Mountains were known for reaching […]

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Traditional Persian New Year Feast

Nowruz, is the name of the new year in Farsi, and it has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Western Asia. Nowruz begins on the first day of spring, which is usually March 21. Traditionally, the whole family gathers together to have dinner, celebrate the new year, and […]

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Trip to Chile: Extreme and In Between

  Situated at the bottom of the world, is Chile, a country with extreme climates and rugged landscapes that would be a top destination for any adventurous traveller. With 15 hours of airplane travel and a 5 hour time difference from San Francisco, a 2 week vacation will give you a sampling from south to north and in between of […]

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Farm to Fork – Going Local

My friend, Ariel Sultan from Food Guru, invited me to attend a Farm to Fork SF event. Foodies, chefs, and farmers gathered to celebrate and discuss the food industry with a unique focus on making a sustainable impact. Farm to Fork SF is affiliated with the multi-media event space called The Village in San Francisco. At this interactive event, they […]

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Taking the High Road through Scotland

Last year, we were drawn to visiting Scotland, an island full of rugged landscape and boisterous people. Tee up for an unforgettable trip by joining us on our adventure through top food experiences, a tumultuous history, and breathtaking scenery. Lodging in Edinburgh We stayed 2 nights in Edinburgh at Old Town Chamber apartments located conveniently in downtown. These comfy apartments […]

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VIDEO BLOG: Season up your Salt the DIY Way

As Food Gurus, we work and play hard to savor our food and travel experiences. Whether we are local or abroad, we search for artisan ingredients to incorporate into our home cooking. We have integrated these passions and have shared them on and offline. Through Instagram, we met a DIY Dilettante, Nicole Novak. She forages mushrooms, gardens, goes fishing, ferments […]

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VIDEO BLOG: Deconstructing a Strawberry Shortcake

Whip up a sensational summer dessert with leftover strawberry scones and homemade whipped cream. Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake Servings 2-3 10 minutes to preparations Ingredients: 2 pieces of leftover Strawberry Scones A large heaping spoonful of homemade vanilla bean whipped cream ½ – 1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries Directions: Break up scone into small chunks on a plate creating the […]

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Travel to Cuba: Time Stands Still

(Written recipe at the bottom of the blog) Time has stood still in Cuba. The plethora of classic American cars lining the streets of Havana are reminders of the 1950s. It’s all about the revolution where Che Guevara, the Castro brothers, and Hemingway are heroic, “larger than life” figures capturing the mindset of the Cuban people. The fascination with Cuba […]

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Natural Products Expo West 2016: Healthiest Place on Earth

From “supply to shelf,” natural products are making an impact with mainstream consumers. At the 2016 Natural Products Expo West, hoards of visitors headed over to the Anaheim Convention Center for a 3-day epic event. Located across the street from Disneyland, 77,000 attendees packed the Convention Center to experience this edible extravaganza. Representatives from 7 innovative natural food companies were […]

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How to Repurpose Chicken

Let’s talk Chicken with 3 makeover recipes on how to use what is leftover. Before you pick out the leftovers, start with roasting up a whole chicken. Here’s the pecking order: ROASTED CHICKEN & VEGGIES IN A CLAY POT Prep time: 30 minutes  Cook time: 50 minutes – 1:20 hours   Serves 3-6 Ingredients: Romertopf Glazed Clay-Cooker Any Size Whole Chicken 3 […]

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Coachella Checklist

There’s always a lot of buzz when Coachella releases its lineup. Located in Indio Valley, this music festival is one of the largest, most popular, and profitable in the US. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets, being prepared and organized will help you have a fun-ast-ic time!  After attending the festival for 2 years, here are some ways to navigate […]

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Worth her Salt and Then Some

Closing a chapter on her catering career with a high-profile clientele, Private Chef Robin has embarked on a new chapter of personal dining, flavored salts, and her “A Taste of Ojai” cookbook. After meeting Private Chef Robin on Instagram and trying out a few of her small plate recipes, we found that these dishes using these infused salts with local […]

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Worth Her Salt

  We met Private Chef Robin on Instagram and were drawn to her California-Mediterranean style cooking. She has a culinary pedigree that would make most professional chefs envious. Private Chef Robin grew up in a family of restaurateurs and honed her skill set at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Now, she creates private fine dining experiences at […]

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A Photo Day Playing with Food

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to spend the day with Stacy Ventura, a professional food photographer with Edible Marin. Here’s how to shoot food like a Pro: Make sure to use as much natural light as possible, such as bouncing light with reflectors and white boards. Shooting vertically is appealing for food photography, even though we are drawn to […]

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DIY A Cold-Brew of Coffee

Sugar, milk or a combination of both is often a remedy for smoothing out the bitterness in a cup of coffee. Iced coffee is often so watered down that bitterness and acidity can linger and put a damper on this hot day beverage. The cold-brew process removes the bitterness, giving you a balanced taste. You may just decide to opt […]

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5 DIY Vanilla Tips

Vanilla goes beyond, extract, or better yet, make your own extract!  We highly recommend using LAFAZA’s vanilla products because of their high quality, direct trade, and sustainable pure vanilla from Madagascar. You can literally taste the difference! Try these 5 different ways to use vanilla. 1) Vanilla Sugar recipe – Just add 2 beans scraped into sugar, then plop in the vanilla bean rinds […]

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Maui from Sunrise to Sunset

Most long weekends are spent catching up on back burner projects with work, running errands, a stay-cation, or maybe even a quick getaway trip a short distance from home. Sometimes those fateful accidents, like, having some mileage expiring (ex: canceled ski vacation) turn into a spontaneous trip that shines. From sun up to sun down, even a brief vacation to […]

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Kraut Source: Fermenting a Healthy Project

Karen Diggs

Karen Diggs, a Therapeutic Chef and Nutritionist, took her passion for healthy, delicious food by taking cup-fulls of vegetables and squeezing submerging, brining, sealing, and fermenting it all into a Mason Jar. With help from her partner, Eric Klein, an engineer and inventor, Karen has transformed this thousand-year-old practice of fermenting foods by designing a small-batch device called Kraut Source. […]

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Mill Valley: A Local’s Guide

Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County

Sandwiched between San Francisco to its south and the Wine Country to its north, commuters, day-trippers, and travelers see Mill Valley in a 2-3 second blur driving on Highway 101. Residents of Mill Valley are content to see boatloads of local and faraway travelers descend on and into the touristy, neighboring towns of Sausalito and Tiburon.

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A Decadent Day at the SF Chocolate Salon Festival

Claire's Squares Table

Between Valentine’s Day and Easter, the Chocolate Salon hosts the sweetest day of the year in San Francisco. At their annual Chocolate Festival in Fort Mason, artisan confectionery companies (mainly Chocolate) handed out bit-sized, heavenly treats to eager crowds. Each year Chocolatiers clamor for the coveted Chocolate Salon awards which is like the Academy Awards for Chocolate companies.

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In and Out of London

Stonehenge

Adjusting to fewer hours of daylight and cooler temperatures makes traveling in and out of London off-season challenging. Although being a part of the human race in the United Kingdom during peak vacation time, is enough to make anyone want to stay at home. In a recent trip in and out of London, off-season was easier, more accessible, less crowded, […]

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Abbot’s Cellar Mission: Pairs Fine Food and Craft Beer

Interior Abbot's Cellar

Walking through the doors of the Abbot’s Cellar Restaurant, customers feel welcomed by the warm and inviting atmosphere. Abbot’s Cellar offers a cool and calm vibe in the sizzling, hot Mission District of San Francisco. Most fine dining establishments pair wine with their food, but at Abbot’s Cellar, they take an unconventional direction by wooing their clientele with their extensive […]

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Herds Flock to Bovine Bakery

Exterior Bovine Bakery

Many San Franciscans or Bay Area urbanites may think that Point Reyes Station and Petaluma are quiet farming and ranching communities. In fact, a million tourist travel each year to Point Reyes National Seashore. “Stop by Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station (about 848 residents) on a sunny summer’s day, and this town can look like Coney Island,” explains Bridget […]

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