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[11 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | 11,710 views]
The Lagniappes of California

One of the themes on our trip to California was the lagniappe (pron: lan-yap). A lagniappe is a creole word that comes from the American South — probably around New Orleans.
According to author Julia Alvarez, Dominican Spanish la ñapa refers to “the little extra” added on at the end. Just when you thought you’d gotten all that you would get, along comes your ñapa, like a baker’s dozen (13), with one more kiss, one more pastelito, one more mango at the mercado.
The first lagniappe …

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Memories, Restaurants »

[11 Apr 2010 | 6 Comments | 5,410 views]
Memorable Meals in Northern/Central California

If you live or have plans to visit Northern or Central California (Berkeley, Napa Valley and Monterey), I have some recommendations for you!
Food lovers who visit Berkley generally make it a point to pay homage to Chez Panisse. As fellow food blogger Chance wrote in his roundup of SF restaurants, “the place definitely lives up to its reputation.”
I made a reservation for lunch on a weekday and it was no problem to get in. I opted for the $24 fixed price meal of Garden Lettuce Salad; House-Made Rigatoni with Kaki …

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Memories, Recipes »

[6 Apr 2010 | 10 Comments | 2,891 views]
Passover Recap 2010

According to my web research, Passover officially ended last night. I must admit that I didn’t keep Passover after the first night Seder since we were traveling and I didn’t want to miss out on any culinary delights. However, I thought I’d share a bit about how we did celebrate.
Last Sunday, I spent the day with my mom and cousin Jami in Berkeley preparing for the next night’s dinner. Obviously, my contribution was the Matzoh Crack. When I found a six pack of HE’BREW, The Chosen Beer, at a nearby …

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Profiles, Tasty Bits, Travels »

[2 Apr 2010 | 13 Comments | 3,430 views]
Dog Friendly California at Carmel-by-the-sea

I’m sitting in our hotel bar drinking wine with my mom and our friend Jane. We are surrounded by the din of happy patrons, guests, and lots of dogs!
It’s so funny to me because when my mom made reservations for the night at Cypress Inn for tonight, she didn’t know that it was:
a) Co-owned by Doris Day (yes, she is still alive)
b) One of the most pet friendly hotels in the state (if not the world)

We realized there was something different about this place at check-in this afternoon when we …

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