Keeping Children of All Ages Entertained at Home

This business of home sanctuary for an indefinite period has its challenges, doesn’t it? I titled this Children of All Ages because my circle and I feel like 5-year-olds on occasion – we’d all like to pout and melt down then storm out of the room and slam the door.

What Makes Your City Great?

What Makes LA Great? This is something I could wax poetic about all day long, and then some. Here are 4 things that I think make my city of LA great!

Fresh Grapefruit Cake

This winter, on two occasions I have been gifted with lots of fresh grapefruit from a very kind person’s tree so, I have been playing with recipes to perfect my own Fresh Grapefruit Cake.

Italian Gelato, with love from Sweden

Italian Gelato, with love from Sweden We bet you didn’t know, that Europe’s biggest ice cream shop, has a little American sister of sorts – a gelateria and café in Old Pasadena. Swedish Scoops Homemade Gelato and Coffee Bar, the newest stop on our Old Pasadena Food Tasting Walking Tour, is world-renowned so you can […]

Di and Lisa’s Excellent Saturday Adventure #1

Di and Lisa’s Excellent Saturday Adventure #1 Our friend Andy Harris is co-host of the SoCal Restaurant Show on Angels Baseball radio station 830AM in Anaheim. We enthusiastically accepted his recent invitation to guest on his show for the second time. In October 2012 his show was brand-new, and we were guests to chat up […]

Hot Pink Pasta with Mussels and Citrus

Hot Pink Pasta with Mussels and Citrus This month’s recipe had to be special for Valentines Day, which is my favorite holiday and one of my favorite days on the calendar at all. Hot Pink Pasta with Mussels and Citrus is just one of my favorite divinations of all time. This recipe was originally inspired […]

Some notes on 2020 Travel Trends

Taking a little break from my typical culinary theme here, I thought it would be fun to explore what’s going on in travel trends for the New Year and decade ahead.

From Chef Di’s Files: Deep Leafy Greens

Our first topic is Deep Leafy Greens, which of course are those which claim to be the super-est of all superfoods, those which all of the world’s most beautiful people eat in gobs every day (LOL), and those which a lot of us would truly, humbly, like to work into our repertoire more often.

Pasta Fagioli Soup with Sage and Bacon

Pasta Fagioli Soup with Sage and Bacon Happy Delicious New Year!  For the longest time I wished I could make a great Pasta Fagioli (Pasta with Beans) soup like I’ve had at trattoria-style Italian restaurants.  One Sunday, I took special advantage of the fat still in my cast iron skillet from my breakfast bacon, added […]

What Food & Travel Intentions are yours in 2020?

What Food & Travel Intentions are yours in 2020? January is traditionally a month to set resolutions and, with all due respect I find that resolution setting is … over-rated. For me, that practice traditionally just sets up disappointment since usually my resolutions last about 11 minutes and then they’re forgotten. I prefer to set […]