Pecan Spoon Bread From Portland’s Country Cat

Sweet and savory, this spoon bread compliments of Country Cat in Portland Oregon is a new spin on an old recipe. A welcome change up to the old standard, this side works with just about any dish.  And yes it does have bacon in it, but like anything this decadent, enjoy it in moderation.  Imagery credit Portland Monthly Magazine. […]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:52+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Categories: Recipes, Savor, Side Dish|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Trillium Cafe Is A Mendocino Jewel

Trillium Cafe is one of those places that you know once you enter, that the meal you're about to have will be special. We were seated at a cozy table next to a window that overlooked the garden.  Many of the plants and flowers grown here are used in the food, and that speaks to the care that goes into every dish served here.  I happen to love crab, especially the Dungeness variety, and this is exactly what I had. It was a Dungeness crab strudel with Meyer lemon marmalade. Yes it was pure heaven, the crab was fresh a little sweet and the lemon was the perfect foil to raise the bar without overpowering the delicate local crustacean. For my main dish I enjoyed the locally caught Salmon, that came out really hot, and yet was cooked perfectly, tender [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:53+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Categories: Appetizer, California, Mendocino, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Mendocino’s Little River Inn Pine Nut Crusted Salmon

Chef Marc Dym of Little River Inn of Mendocino California was kind enough to share this amazing fresh seafood dish with us, because after enjoying this, and if he didn't I wouldn't leave the restaurant, just kidding. The entire dinner was a showcase of local ingredients gently prepared to let the natural flavors shine. This is no small feat either, because when it comes to fresh fish being so delicately flavored, it takes an adept hand to get is right, and Chef did in a big way. So without teasing you any longer here is the recipe, and I thank you Chef Marc on behalf of everyone who tries this, it is outstanding. For more pictures of the amazing dishes created here click on this Gallery link. And before you take that trip to stay, play and have a fine [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:53+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Categories: Main Course, Recipes, Savor|Tags: |0 Comments

Valette, A Culinary Force In Healdsburg California Wine Country

Valette, Healdsburg CA. Valette is a delicious new force in Healdsburg California. Located in the heart of Sonoma wine country two brothers Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini made this dream a reality in March 2015. The menu is all about what this area has to offer on a seasonal basis, and the wine list is very impressive and well thought out (you are in Sonoma after all). Everything here is house made including the superb charcuterie, which is aged in a custom built “locker” above the kitchen built by Dustin and Aaron's brother. Yes beer was involved along with a challenge to build it. The precisely climate controlled environment needed for proper aging lets the finished product speak for itself. In what you might call a case of coming full circle or destiny, this building was owned by [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:54+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Categories: California, Restaurants, Savor, Sonoma|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Fresh Seafood Rules At Top Of The Market Restaurant In San Diego

Top Of The Market Restaurant is literally that, located above The Fish Market Seafood Restaurant, A place where locals and visitors alike go to dine and  can purchase fresh seafood. The water front location is beautiful and the Top Of The Market Restaurant (on the second floor) has commanding views of the harbor, and even better views of those San Diego sunsets. The dining area lined with teak, table settings with white linen and huge windows bring the outdoors in to you. Executive Chef Ivan Flowers and his team work in concert to serve the freshest seafood available. Although I highly recommend anything from the ocean here make no mistake, everything I tried was outstanding.        Tasting Menu-Top Of The Market Restaurant-Photo Kurt Winner Chef treated us to a tasting menu that showcased what this kitchen can do, we were impressed. [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:54+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|Categories: California, Destinations, Restaurants, San Diego, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Lake Charles Louisiana Locals’ Amazing Seafood and Boudin Here

When exploring any new place the best advice is to go where the locals go to eat. As we continue our culinary tour of Southwest Louisiana we want to share with you some restaurants and food venues the locals love. In Lake Charles, Louisiana there is some amazing seafood and Boudin here. The Gulf Coast seafood in Louisiana is so prolific that everyone has to up their game if they want any chance of staying in business.  The people of Lake Charles have always known the value of locally sourced ingredients and down-home cooking makes this part of Louisiana so special. In no particular order here they are. Casual, delicious dining at Steamboat Bill's Steamboat Bill’s Seafood Restaurant is a local icon, with three locations  in Louisiana, we visited the Lakeshore drive establishment in Lake Charles. Lunch here can be busy [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:54+00:00 February 1st, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Restaurants, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Hyatt Regency New Orleans Borgne Restaurant is Louisiana Fresh

The talent behind Borgne, Chefs John Besh and Brian Landry The Hyatt Regency New Orleans has two secret weapons in this food centric city. Multiple award-winning Borgne, voted one of the top eight "must try'' hotel restaurants in the United States is a Spanish influenced dining experience headed up by Chef John Besh and Chef Brian Landry. The philosophy here is Louisiana fresh Gulf seafood and it does not get any better than that. The Spanish influence goes back to when Louisiana was indeed a Spanish territory. But make no mistake, the menu here also offers traditional Louisiana cuisine including but not limited to oysters, shrimp, gumbo and turtle soup spiked with sherry.  As I mentioned earlier fresh seafood is the strong suit of Borgne, on the menu you'll find garlic clove Louisiana shrimp with tomatoes, roasted eggplant and Fregola a round pasta similar to Israeli Couscous. Garlic [...]

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Lake Charles Louisiana, A Hidden Gem of Food Fun And Hospitality

Freshly caught Gulf fish served at Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill   Tucked away in the southwest corner of Louisiana is a food lovers paradise. Consistently fresh seafood with an easy hospitality and Cajun influence all come together to equal more than the sum of it’s parts. Lake Charles, located in Calcasieu Parish, is a melting pot of French, African, and German immigrants that is purely reflected in it’s food culture. The food here shows the struggles of the people, and how so many of the food traditions have been handed down and melded through the generations. Cajun country people are frugal, and nothing goes to waste. In fact over time the recipes haven’t changed all that much, and they don’t have to as they remain classics. Nearly everything that I tried, was for the very first time, and I [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:55+00:00 January 21st, 2015|Categories: Chefs, Destinations, Hotels, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Restaurants, Savor, Stay, United States|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Three Restaurant & Bar San Mateo California

Three Restaurant & Bar of San Mateo California was a true joy to visit on our tour of this very diverse county. Chef owner Alicia Petrakis takes her food seriously so you can just sit back and enjoy a varied and delicious menu.

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:55+00:00 January 13th, 2015|Categories: California, Restaurants, San Mateo, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

My Riff on Trader Vic’s Rumaki

 I want to share with all of you a simple and really easy and delicious recipe for Rumaki. The only caveat is that you must love bacon ! The origin of this recipe is from Trader Vic’s and it used chicken livers with water chestnuts. So I’ve modified it a bit to appeal to everyone. It is very easy and even “a man can make it” according to my lovely wife. The key here is to make it a day or two ahead so the flavors can come together. But be warned, this will be a hit and you’re going to have to make extra to avoid any conflict. The marinade consists of Teriyaki sauce and Sherry. The Sherry adds a whole different dimension and gives these little treats that extra kick. I used 1 part prepared garlic and green [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:55+00:00 January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Appetizer, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , |2 Comments