World Foods: Dim Sum – Better than a PuPu Platter

I lived, what I call my informative years in the dining melting pot of Los Angeles, with so many ethnic restaurants and neighborhoods that L.A. seemed to lose its own identity in this world market. Cruise down Olympic Blvd near Western Avenue and all the signage is in Korean and Korean BBQ rules. Head north […]

Food Humor: Kitchen Chaos – What’s in Your Refrigerator?

At the end of every month, I somehow feel that a milestone has passed and want to conquer some project whether it be big or small. I looked at my desk and almost fainted. Then I looked at my other desk neglected across the room and had a panic attack. Thinking that the refrigerator would […]

Dark Chocolate Truffles Lower Daily Stress

Ah, just reading about dark chocolate truffles already lowers my blood pressure by a few points. Although I half-heartedly remember to take my daily supplements — I’m sure my memory would vastly improve when it would be time to consume a dark chocolate truffle. Currently, I pop a valium if available but chocolate truffles would be so […]

He Drinks, She Drinks – Drink Stereotypes

We’ve come a long way baby — except when it comes to the libations that we choose.  It seems that there are individuals, en mass, out there that care what others think about their preferred alcoholic drink.  I was dismayed to read in a recent Wall Street Journal article that both women and men are still […]

Beer: Chocolate Beer is Here

Chocolate beer you say? Maybe it’s a marketing scheme to attract women who love chocolate to drink more beer or perhaps just to think outside the keg. As demand for crafted beers grows, the Miller Brewing Co. is launching a limited holiday edition chocolate lager in parts of the Midwest — Wisconsin, Indiana, Chicago, Cleveland, […]

Junk Food: Do You Want Fried Coke with That?

Yeah, you read that right. Fried Coke. It’s the real thing. If Coke isn’t bad enough, throw caution to the wind and deep fry it. That’s exactly what Abel Gonzales Jr. did at the fair circuit. Last year he deep-fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches and sold 20,000 of them. Then someone else came up with deep-frying Twinkies and […]

Wine Tip:Proper Temperatures for Serving Wine

Your wine tip for today. Ever wondered about the proper temperature for serving wine? You may be heartened to know that you are not alone if you enjoy white wines that are warmer than very cold or red wines that are colder than room temperature — even though these are the “rules”. Imagine my surprise […]

Junk Food: Why We Love Halloween Candy

You could either raid the kids’ Halloween candy or just buy your own secret stash of miniature candy bars. After all, it’s a tradition that your sweeth tooth has grown accustomed to every year in October. The down side of miniature candy bars is that you just can’t eat one or two and most likely […]