Plat du Jour May 4, 2012: Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo

The two main events of May happen to coincide this year, tomorrow on the first day of Saturday. hot brown sandwiches, tacos, margaritas, and mint julips all in one day– or better yet, a hot brown taco and a mint bourbon-rita? Here’s what you’d find at Trev’s Bistro for this blockbuster first Saturday of May.

Plat du Jour: Thursday May 3, 2012: The Cocktail Movement of L.A.

Tomorrow we’ll cover the weekend’s main events: Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Today, check out this week’s cocktail: negronis on tap and this week’s restaurant review of Bottega in Yountville, CA. We’re always on the lookout for not well known, unique types of wines. How about the reds from the Valpolicella region of Italy?Continue reading “Plat du Jour: Thursday May 3, 2012: The Cocktail Movement of L.A.”

Plat du Jour: What’s Now and What’s Next?

After Monday’s announcement of the World’s Top 100 Restaurants according to the U.K.’s Restaurant Magazine survey of 800 international food critics and experts, I thought now would be a great time to wear the trend watch hat and see what is hip and happening right now, along with what will be this time next year.Continue reading “Plat du Jour: What’s Now and What’s Next?”

Plat du Jour Tuesday May 1, 2012: On The World’s “Best” Restaurants, Foie Gras, Formality, and Foolish Protesters

Happy May Day everyone, as the calendar has now turned to spring. Whether celebrating by dancing around the May Pole or occupying some street or unable to go somewhere because that street has been occupied, hopefully you’re having a great start to the month! We start this Tuesday with Monday’s much-awaited announcement of the World’sContinue reading “Plat du Jour Tuesday May 1, 2012: On The World’s “Best” Restaurants, Foie Gras, Formality, and Foolish Protesters”

Plat du Jour: Great American Bakesale Day and Zombies Drink Coffee

Happy weekend everyone! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the heart of spring, whether outside, or on the plate. Today is a great day to get out and buy some baked goods for an excellent cause. Across the country, Share Our Strength, a charity fighting childhood hunger, bake sales are taking place to help raise funds forContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Great American Bakesale Day and Zombies Drink Coffee”

Plat du Jour: Wednesday April 25, 2012: Tasting Notes from Rutherford and Music in the Kitchen?

We’ll be covering some of the restaurants in the Napa Valley over the next few days, but here are some notes from two excellent wineries in the Rutherford appellation of the Napa Valley, on the west side of Highway 29 just before St. Helena. Located in the foothills well off the beaten path, it’s anContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Wednesday April 25, 2012: Tasting Notes from Rutherford and Music in the Kitchen?”

Plat du Jour: Tuesday April 24, 2012: Questions for Dining Out

After a small weekend snafu where some members of my dining party had under-estimated the time and formality of a meal at a certain restaurant I had arranged for us to visit, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked (some serious, some…less so) questions when you’re the “foodie” and everyone putsContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Tuesday April 24, 2012: Questions for Dining Out”

Plat du Jour: Monday April 23, 2012: Spring Dishes and Sandwich Origin Debates

The final full week of April is here and in much of the country that was enjoying an early summer last week, winter has returned. Time for more hot chocolate and beef stew now… We’ll get to “spring” in a moment, but the big excitement of the day is the announcement that RenĂ© Redzepi, chefContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Monday April 23, 2012: Spring Dishes and Sandwich Origin Debates”

Plat du Jour: Thursday April 19, 2012: Time 100, Jiro, and Let’s Hear it for Anchovies

Happy Thursday, with the weekend within sight we’ll have the cocktail of the week to celebrate with in a few months (along with the day late beer and wine of the week, lots of clinking glasses I guess today!). But first, a big cheers to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People of 2012, aContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Thursday April 19, 2012: Time 100, Jiro, and Let’s Hear it for Anchovies”

Tuesday Project: Holzheimer Chocolate Cake

Every family has their special recipes passed down generation to generation to generation. We certainly have a few dishes passed on from the two or three past generations, but none have lasted as long, or continue to endure as strongly, as the Holzheimer Chocolate Cake. It’s my great-great grandmother’s chocolate recipe that now is theContinue reading “Tuesday Project: Holzheimer Chocolate Cake”