My Favorite Things #8

A Father’s Day Tribute! Could there possibly be a more suitable way to celebrate Father’s Day than with a backyard family barbecue?? Just think about it … mouthwatering filet mignon grilled to medium-rare perfection, wedge salad crowned with bits of crispy bacon and creamy chunks of Point Reyes Blue Cheese, grilled fingerling potatoes tossed in EVOO, thyme and rosemary, and a dish of…

Re-Thinking the “Get Well Soon” Bouquet

What girl in her right mind doesn’t love to be the recipient of a magnificent bouquet of flowers? Vivid, fragrant blooms in hues of pink, red, yellow, and orange always translate to “you’re special to me”. Yet, when a loved one has undergone surgery, or is recuperating from illness, they’re often deluged with floral arrangements. Stunning and fragrant those posies are…

10 Reasons Why Bottega Americano is San Diego’s Best New Restaurant

♦ Bottega Americano was recently named by Zagat as one of the 11 Hottest New Italian Restaurants in America – PREGO! ♦ Bottega Americano was picked by readers of San Diego Magazine as the 2015 Best New Restaurant in San Diego – BUONO! ♦ The Bricked Half Chicken with sweet corn, roasted cipollini onions, sugar snap peas, farro and piquillo pepper…

Crab Louie BLTA

One of my favorite perks of summer is the seemingly endless bounty of fresh produce that is harvested daily from backyard and community gardens. So when I get my hands on a basket of plump, juicy, vine-ripe tomatoes that are literally exploding with flavor, I guarantee there’s a stack of bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and toasted bread in the imminent future! It just so happens that…

My Favorite Things #7

Pack your bags, peeps — vacation season 2015 has arrived! But living in San Diego, I’ve discovered that it’s ridiculously easy (not to mention FUN) to enjoy STAY-cations virtually every weekend. So I’m leaving my luggage in the closet for now, and dedicating this particular post to vacationing at home, wherever that may be … This Milagro’s Mayan Mule is a delightfully refreshing Mexican version of the…

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto Dressing

 Picture a heaping spoonful of the perfect Pasta Salad — tiny pockets of cheese-filled tortellini, bits of crunchy, fragrant pine nuts which have been lightly toasted, aged parmesan cheese, and strips of sun-dried tomatoes all tossed in a delicious basil pesto dressing. I honestly don’t know how five random ingredients can taste so heavenly … And the deep layers of flavor…

The Best Ever Papaya Salsa

What would you consider your favorite summertime snack? I can’t really think of a snack for noshing on hot summer days that is more refreshing or easier to prepare than fresh salsa and chips — other than maybe a quesadilla with fresh salsa. (That, however, would require more work in addition to heating a stove or grill, both of which are rather unappealing to me whilst my…