Happy Birthday Julia! We Adore & Salute You!

A trip to Paris, France is not complete for me without a trip to E. Dehillerin. Tucked on a quiet side street—-lined with shade trees—-is the mecca of culinary tools and copper-ware. They are the self-described “Specialists of Materials for Cuisine”. This establishment has been in existence since 1820 which is almost impossible to comprehend.  … Read More

SOL Cucina’s Chef Launches New CookBook

We were honored to be served by none other than the Chef we were here to visit… Deborah Schneider at SOL Cocina. Her brand new cook book is a fantastic tribe of recipes and photos for folks just like me… who enjoy using a Slow Cooker. My “go to” for a delicious bounty of comfort  … Read More

Cheers to Champagne’s Bistro!

RESTAURANT VISIT- Champagnes Bistro has a “neighborhood” vibe, and offers sit down dining as well as gourmet take away. With lots of ten minute parking, right up front, that works for me. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have expanded their menu to focus on sit down dinner service. So I popped in to  … Read More

Summertime “Cheater” Pizza

Summer is a time when even our adult children come and go with an unexpected ebb and flow. The key for me is patience. Forget my day-timer, or meal-time planning. I am out-numbered and out-thunk. But, alas, I have my secret weapon, and thought I might share it with you today! I pull one or  … Read More

Dinner at the Oldest Restaurant in Lyon, France

Enjoyed dinner off-ship at the Oldest Restaurant in Lyon… The Brasserie George. The dining room reminds me of Musso and Frank’s in old Hollywood, only on a much larger scale. There must be 150 tables, and by 8:30pm the restaurant was completely full.We had to have the Foie Gras since in CA they will ban  … Read More

River Cruising on the Rhone River

A small intimate ship is allowing us to travel in style and still enjoy the small towns along the river. The cruise started in Chalon and we have toured many small towns, churches and hiked around a Middle age town that has been preserved. More on that later… for now… I must share our dinner  … Read More

A Night To Remember….Honoring Peggy Rahn, a “Les Dame” Legend & Celebrating Our Newest Members

Written By: Deirdre Michalski Published In The Les Dames D’Escoffier International Newsletter- Summer, 2012 Tuesday, April 24th finally arrived with a flurry of activity and anticipation. Dames and guests arrived at Wolfgang Puck’s famed restaurant Spago Beverly Hills to honor Dame Peg Rahn and to induct the newest members of the Los Angeles/ Orange County  … Read More

Recent Restaurant Visit Cucina Enoteca Irvine Spectrum

What a treat to enjoy the “newly refreshed” Irvine Spectrum. If you have not had a chance to get over there, please do so. It has really come alive with culinary options and lounge areas for relaxing—with a “let’s pretend we’re at a resort” kind of vibe. Cucina Enoteca restaurant joins Paul Marin’s American Bistro,  … Read More