Merry Christmas, Happy 2010

It was a wonderful Christmas at the Spataro home in Gilbert, AZ. My brother selected the recipes for Christmas Eve dinner. We had baked salmon, halibut mediterranean, baked stuff shrimp, lobster bisque, lobster pot pie with green bean salad. My brother make home made chocolate candies. The truffled dark chocolates on the lollipop stick was amazing. Joanne brought baby Tillman … Read More

Baked Alaska for the Holidays

This very yummy recipe comes directly from the experts the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage. I often thought Baked Alaska would be a difficult treat to under take but this recipe looks concise and simple to manage. Baked Alaska Recipe: Courtesy of the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage Ingredients: Cake Nonstick vegetable oil spray 4 large eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 … Read More

Holiday Candy

My brother, Tom gave Anita Chu’s “A Field Guide to Candy” a try. For Thanksgiving, Tom made the Chocolate Peanut Butter candies. Tom’s candies have a familiar taste almost similar to a childhood favorite: Reese’s peanut butter cup. But there is a freshness to Tom’s candies and choices that can be made with chocolate and peanut butter. I could image … Read More

Books for Sweet Lovers and Wine Novices

Wine and Candy, two great tasting foods, that are delicious and mysterious. To the average person deciding on a wine to purchase can be a mind boggling. Wine Secrets, Advice from Winemakers, Sommeliers, and Connoisseurs, by Marnie Old, provides a user’s guide to taking the overwhelming complexities out of the grape. Marnie Old takes the novice wine drinker from wine … Read More

Herbal Water the New Water

I was recently turned onto Ayala’s Herbal Water. I’ve never tried herbal water before this was a whole new refreshing taste. Ayala’s water is infused with aromatic herbs with such combinations as lemon verbena with rose geranium, lemongrass with mint and vanilla, lavender blended with thyme, and cloves with cardamom and cinnamon. I tried lemongrass with mint and vanilla and … Read More

Ponte Fresco – Chicago

Ponte Fresco is my special place for fresh chopped salads. I’ve been going there for the past 6 months as frequently as twice a week. My favorite mix greens are spinach and romaine lettuce. I ask to mix into the greens either chicken or salmon, chickpeas, olives, broccoli, artichokes, and sweet peas. All fresh! Then the theatre portion of Ponte … Read More

3rd Coast Chicago, IL

I’m having a very late breakfast at the 3rd Coast on Deerborn & Goethe. I had a western omelette with potatoes and fruit. This place is awesome. The staff is frienly. Its a great neighborhood place.

Tea and scones in London

I know “afternoon tea” isn’t really something Londoners actually do (or have time for!), but I couldn’t resist taking an afternoon out with some friends (none of whom happened to be British, btw) for it. We went to the Orangery at Kensington Gardens, which is a beautiful restaurant: The food came out in courses and not one of those tiered … Read More