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After all the sugar is gone….

Happy ‘after’ Valentine’s Day! And now all the sugar is gone…. desserts shaped in little hearts, heart candies, chocolate…. BUT WAIT CHEF! I DIDN’T DO ANY OF THAT! Let me start again….. after all the pasta is gone, all the wine that accompanied the pasta is gone… Yes. That is a problem. Bread, Pasta, Wine…. it all converts to sugar. ...

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Bravo to our Sponsor: Candygram.com for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s is coming. And what better way to say Thank You to our sponsor Candygram.com, than by mentioning them, so close to Valentine’s Day? No. This is it! My big thank you to them! I have been working with Candygram to introduce new healthier choices. So when you go on there, you might see Organic Chocolates, Gluten Free Cookies, Popcorn ...

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So many Pizza Recipes…. and what they won’t tell you!

There are an insane amount of Pizza Recipes. Go online and have a look. They will tell you ingredients to blend, how to knead, how to rest your dough… and the rest! Food & Wine came out this month with a perfect margarita pizza. What a great place to start, since they tell you everything and they tell you nothing, except ...

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Jake’s Del Mar Review during Restaurant Week

I always think, when I go in to review Jake’s Del Mar, which I do once a year as a reviewer, that it will be good as it was last time. And then regularly I am surprised about how much better the staff is trained, and how they have created new, unexpected flavor profiles. Jake’s Del Mar made it into ...

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American is the worlds’ Biggest Importer of Wine

America is the worlds’ Biggest Importer of Wine. Not China. Not Thailand. Not Brussels. Not Russia. This just out from the CIA.  Not the feds. The Culinary Institute of America. Here’s what they say: “The U.S. is the world’s biggest consumer of still and sparkling wine by both volume and value – and it is set to grow within the next five ...

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Native Foods – Restaurant Review Update

Two years ago this month, I reviewed Native Foods in Encinitas on ChefMarian.com and Yelp. I thought I would run an update for you. I have spent a lifetime trying to help, not hurt chefs. So while I still do restaurant reviews, my goal is to bring you ‘the best’. Rarely in all my years of blogging and reviewing have I made public, ...

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