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[11 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | 11,683 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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[2 Apr 2010 | 13 Comments | 3,410 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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[28 Mar 2010 | 5 Comments | 2,648 views]
The Beautiful Food of Berkeley

I’m in Berkeley this weekend visiting my cousin and her family for Passover. It’s my first time in Berkeley since I was a teenager and I wasn’t sure it would live up to my expectations of awesome local food. On the first morning, it totally did. My cousin Jami, her husband Andrew, and their baby Jonah live in a house that is walking distance from the gorgeous scenes below.
First, a bakery, called La Farine. We stopped there so I could pick up a savory morning bun with ham, cheese, and …

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[10 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 4,456 views]
Take your Veggies to the Chevy

I generally try not to mix business with pleasure on this blog, and most of my business doesn’t happen in Austin. It generally takes place on an hour-long conference call  with clients in other time zones, via e-mail chains, and at occasional out-of-town meetings.
The weekend before last, I happily mixed the two parts of my life on a road trip from Capitol Chevrolet down to the Pearl Farmer’s Market in San Antonio with a group of local food bloggers. Below is a slightly edited version of a blog I wrote …

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[1 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | 1,934 views]
Solar Cooking: Four Meals in the Four Corners

When I noticed that Nancy and Jim have a solar oven, I was obsessed with having the chance to try it out. They use the Global Sun Oven, the best brand according to the sites that I read. It’s not cheap on the company website but I saw it for $240 on Amazon. You can also make your own sun oven if you are adventurous and handy.
When cooking in a solar oven, it’s important to allow lots of time for it to cook. All we did today was mix together …

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