Crudo at Bracero Cocina de Raiz

Bracero Cocina de Raiz – A Glorious Lesson in Baja-Med Dining

With dozens of drool-worthy restaurants and eateries, Little Italy has become one of San Diego’s premiere neighborhoods for notable cuisine. Rest assured, if you’re not serving award-worthy and imaginative artisan dishes, your chances of surviving in Little Italy are bleak at best. So what did Baja-based superstar chef Javier Plascencia do? He opened his second ‘Mexiterranean-style’ U.S. eatery…

Vegetable Lasagne with Poblano Cream Sauce

Vegetable Lasagne with Poblano Cream Sauce

What are your favorite ways to prepare those fresh — and quick to spoil — summer veggies? Honestly, I’m always searching for new ways to serve that savory summer bounty. Now I realize that lasagne isn’t frequently regarded as a summertime option, but think of it more as a summer ratatouille with noodles, okay? It literally explodes…

Top with vanilla ice cream and serve

The Deconstructed Peach Pie Parfait

August is ‘National Peach Month’, and today is specifically ‘National Peach Pie Day’. Here’s an easy, damn-delicious tribute to the beautiful, plump, juicy fruit that has graced so many dishes with its sweet, luscious and earthy, down-home goodness!

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort Really is ‘The Best Stay in Tucson’

Serenity and tranquility in a desert oasis. Sounds divinely inviting, right? Well, on a recent impromptu ‘Thelma & Louise road trip’ to Tucson with my dear friend Patti, I discovered that serene and tranquil desert oasis — namely The Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Situated in Tucson’s spectacular foothills, this 30-room (not for long – they’re in the midst…

Grilled Peaches with Lavender-Honey Goat Cheese

On a recent Saturday morning visit to The Little Italy Farmers Market, I sampled a variety of farm fresh goat cheeses from vendor Nicolau Farms, who happened to be perched right next to a vibrant display of virtually every type of peach, nectarine and stone fruit that one could possibly conjure. And just as I sampled a heavenly concoction of goat…

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Parfait with Meyer Lemon Essence

I’m rather confident you’ll agree that vine-ripe strawberries are as scrumptious as they are pretty — plump, juicy, vibrant red beauties bursting with tangy, yet sweet aroma and flavor. But did you know that strawberries are packed with nutritional value as well? They’re low in calories, and an excellent source for Vitamins A, C and E, as well as B-Complex vitamins.…