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Straits a San Francisco Treat

on August 12th, 2009
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I spent the weekend in San Francisco after years of just going to the Napa Valley and bypassing the city itself. When I went back to San Francisco this time around, I was no longer a single person, I went with my 4 year old daughter and San Francisco was quite a treat as far as a city goes for a mother and child combo. San Francisco is such a great walking city that my 4 year old explored with me from the comfort of her stroller. We walked to Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf and everything in between.

We tried out BiRite Ice Cream in the Mission and I found my all time favorite ice cream flavor the Salted Caramel. We got in line for a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf from Powell Street and my daughter got to sit on the best little beach in front of the Maritine Museum. The Academy of Sciences was filled with one of the greatest fish collections I have ever seen and The Ferry Building now hosts the Slanted Door Cafe which is booked solid for days on end.

On my last day in San Francisco, I ate lunch at Straits Restaurant located at 845 Market Street. It was a San Francisco Treat! The restaurant was written up in Food & Wine Magazine this month and featured the Atlanta location which is co – owned by rapper / celebrity / movie star Ludacris.The Straits restaurants were started by Chris Yeo and have grown to many locations throughout Northern California. Chris Yeo and Ludacris met at a charity event in 2007 and their mutual admiration for great food became a successful business partnership at Straits Atlanta.

At the Straits location in San Franciso, I had the beef watermelon salad, corn fritters, calamari, garlic noodles, pad thai, and a few other amazing dishes. All the dishes were carefully crafted and beautifully executed. I loved everything. I could see why Straits was given a 7 page spread in Food & Wine Magazine this month. This restaurant was worth the visit.

A Straits location is coming soon to Southern California. Lucky for me, it is going to be close by in Santa Monica. Look out for it coming soon!

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Restaurant.com seen on Today Show

on May 28th, 2009
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Did you see that segment on the Today Show about saving money while dining out? It was on the Today show and it is pretty cool. You go to this website Restaurant.com to Save 70% Off with every order of a $25 Gift Certificate. You pay $10 to get a $25 giftcerticiate to spend at your favorite restaurant !

Click your zip code, find the restaurants that are participating and buy gift certificates for $10 to $15 and get a gift certificate to spend for $25 at your favorite restaurant in town.

Click here to Save 70% Off with every order of $25 Gift Certificates with code TASTE. Pay $3 thru 8/31/09.

Some of the favorites I found in the LA area are Bread and Porridge, Cafe Med, and many more.

I am going to use this site before my trip to New York City this summer!

One of the restaurants Solar De Cahuenga on Cahuenga is a favorite of Tony Parker and Eva Longoria Parker. Another great celebrity restaurant is Cafe Med which lots of celebrities have been spotted like Nicole Richie above in the photo.

Click here to Save 70% Off with every order of $25 Gift Certificates with code TASTE. Pay $3 thru 8/31/09.

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Shopping and Goodies pink lipsticks

on April 29th, 2009
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Check out what is going on this week at Shopping and Goodies from Spring color trends for make up, celebrity news, designer fashions, and so much more!

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Butterscotch Budino from Pizzeria Mozza

on April 5th, 2009
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Last night I went to celebrity hot spot Pizzeria Mozza for a private party thrown by Type A Planning. The party was done in Pizzeria Mozza’s private wine room in Los Angeles.

At the party, I had the pleasure of tasting their amazing Butterscotch Budino for dessert along with all their distinctively delicious pizzas. The Butterscotch Budino tasted like Obama’s favorite chocolate covered caramel candy with fleur de sel on top.

This morning I was still craving that sweet and salty taste so I went in search of the recipe for future use.

Here is the recipe:

Recipe: Butterscotch Budino With Caramel Sauce
Credit: New York Times
Published: May 9, 2007

Adapted from Dahlia Narvaez of Pizzeria Mozza

Time: 1 hour, plus 3 hours’ chilling

FOR THE BUDINO
3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 large egg yolks
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/8 cups dark brown sugar
1 1/2teaspoons kosher salt
5 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum
FOR THE SAUCE AND TOPPING
3/4 cup heavy cream
Scrapings from 1-inch piece of vanilla bean, or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
2tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons fleur de sel
3/4 cup crème fraîche.

1. For the budino, combine cream and milk in bowl or pitcher, set aside. Whisk egg, egg yolks and cornstarch in medium bowl, set aside.

2. Combine brown sugar, kosher salt and 1/2 cup water in pot. Place over medium-high heat and let sit until edges start to brown. Tilt pot as needed to even the browning until caramelized, nutty and deep brown, about 10 minutes.

3. Immediately whisk in cream mixture, mixture will steam and caramel will seize. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Whisk a cup at a time into egg mixture until half is incorporated. Remove from heat, and immediately whisk egg mixture back into pot until custard is very thick, about 2 minutes.

4. Whisk in butter and rum. Pass through a fine mesh strainer and divide among 10 6-ounce ramekins. Cover with plastic wrap, allow to cool, and refrigerate until chilled, about 3 hours or up to 3 days.

5. For sauce, combine 1/2 cup of cream and the vanilla in medium saucepan. Heat until simmering. Add butter and remove from heat; set aside.

6. In large heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine corn syrup, sugar and enough water (3 to 4 tablespoons) to make a wet, sandy mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, swirling pan for even cooking, until mixture is medium amber, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully whisk in cream mixture; set aside and let cool. (May be refrigerated and reheated before serving.)

7. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup cream in a large bowl until it begins to thicken. Add crème fraîche and whisk until thick and fluffy. To serve, spoon a tablespoon of warm caramel sauce over each budino. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon fleur de sel, and add a dollop of cream topping.

Yield: 10 servings.

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