potato salad thumb Patricia Rose’s Bacon & Potato Salad ~ A Real Crowd PleaserI tripled Patricia’s recipe to fill this big-ass container for my mom’s birthday party. Friend, Chef Patricia Rose, blogger at Fresh Food In A Flash served this dish at her OWN birthday and it was exactly what I needed for the Mom Gig. I’m thinking it was the TANG that caught my attention. Slurp.

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IMG 5793 thumb Postcard From the Land of Juan Valdez ~ ColombiaSome TV commercials stick in my memory for decades. JUAN VALDEZ, remember him? He taught us about “the richest coffee beans in the world.” Sort of cartoony, he did his thing hand-picking coffee beans in the mountains of Columbia, always accompanied by his donkey.

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Criterion Restaurante, Bogota, Columbia

 

Watch and drool. Dessert at Criterion in Bogota, a gastronomic masterpiece. Brothers Jorge and Mark Rausch, chefs and brains behind the brilliance –attentive, warm, funny, genuinely deserved their honor as #19 of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.  And the “Best Restaurant in Colombia,” per Ron Zacapa Rum.

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IMG 5368 thumb Meet Bogota’s Power Couple (And Savor a Little Food Porn, Too)Departing Bogota, my heart was heavy… I was leaving CRISTINA. I love her. She’s half of power couple Cristina Botero, Executive Director of the Corazon Verde Foundation, and Chef Harry Sasson, multi-restauranted culinary icon of Bogota. Now that I think of it, I LOVE Harry, too.

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Youll never forget dining in Bogota thumb OMG, Bogota!So, you and I are chatting, and I mention I’m packing for Bogota, Colombia. “BOGOTA? Seriously? WHY?” {insert concerned facial expression here.} The short answer… food.  The long answer…

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Patricia Londre in Umbria thumb LaLoop ~ My Travel Must Must MUST HaveIf you follow my travel posts, pretty much any shot of moi shows an elegant tortoiseshell (faux) necklace with gold (faux) loop. LaLoop. It’s my fav eyeglass / sunglass carrier. And once you try one of these, you’ll travel everywhere with it, too. (There are manly versions, too, guys.)

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Simple Yellow Cake From Scratch ~ No Deep Thoughts Here

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It may be August, but I felt like baking. Six men have been crawling all over our home for weeks, painting its exterior. “Thank you” and “such a great job” are words; a cake will make ME feel better. I baked them a Scratch Yellow Sheet Cake with Pink Peppermint Icing. 

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Glamping at El Capitan Canyon – Looks Like Just A Tiny Cabin, Right?

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El Capitan Canyon

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Classic Kahlua Chocolate Mousse ~ Can You Dig It?

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Kahlua Chocolate Mousse – do you CRAVE deep, dark, thick mmmmmmousse with the flavor of Kahlua? This mousse is “classic” because it put Kahlua on the map when it came to cooking with it. Decades ago, one restaurant, brilliant idea, spread like wildfire, history.

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Suite Life at the Ritz Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles

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We live 12 miles west of downtown LA, so why book a suite for two nights in a Ritz Carlton so close to home? (1) We paid a pretty penny for the package on a charity auction because (2) July 4th weekend, we could watch the entire city’s firework displays from the rooftop pool AND […]

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Visit Iceland. 10 Convincing Details For Fretful Travelers

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Iceland. Look on a world map UP THERE, waaaay above Canada and to the East. Not that big thing… that is Greenland. The little island next over. Just touching the Arctic Circle. It doesn’t occur to many Americans I’ve talked to that this would be an enticing destination. No wait, I take that back… People […]

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Traveling to Iceland and Greenland? Here Are Things You’ll Wish You’d Packed. BONUS: What You Can Leave at Home

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At the end of our trip to Greenland and Iceland, I polled our fellow travelers:  “now that you know what you know, what items do you regret not bringing (OR someone else would regret)?”  Of course, you already know to pack binoculars, backpack, underwear, etc.  This is an awesome insightful list of collective experiences.

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Cheese Straws Are Easy! – BTW, I Own The Playa Vista Cooking School

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The Playa Vista Cooking School is my newest creation, a good example of taking a risk when an idea strikes you. Website, check. Marketing, check. Menu and plan, check. Butts in seats?  CHECK. Our inaugural class, Easy, Elegant Appetizers had 8 enthusiastic cooks (Larry was one of the warm bodies, LOL). Start with a glass […]

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