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The Battle of the Blintz – Celebrating the Jewish New Year with Food

We just finished celebrating the Jewish New Year, 5771. The High Holidays, as they are called, start with Rosh Hashanah, which means literally “head of the year” and is followed ten days later by a somber holiday called Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement, which is an opportunity to clear the slate of wrong-doings from […]

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A Culinary Adventure through the Yucatan Peninsula, Part 2: Achiote, Chayote, and Cenote

Part 2 of our culinary adventure takes us from five-star food and lodging to the hot and sticky Mayan jungle. But even here, I found some interesting and delicious food ideas to share. On the day of our 20th anniversary, we rose early, slathered on the biodegradable sunscreen and 100% DEET and headed on our […]

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Yummy in South San Jose – A Visit to the Farmer’s Market!

Back in February, I wrote a couple of posts about how excited I was when I found yummy food in the Evergreen area of South San Jose where we have a dearth of good restaurants and gourmet groceries. So when I find something exciting and delicious not more than ten minutes from my house, I […]

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Father’s Day Omelette

Despite my repeated chiding to my kids that “he’s not my father”, I ended up preparing breakfast for my husband today with just some minimal sous chef assistance from his offspring. Kind of my fault — I suggested omelettes instead of the usual pancakes or waffles, which the kids could have cooked all by themselves. […]

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An Eclectic Gourmet Birthday

The other day I had my 29th birthday … again. One of my birthday wall comments on Facebook said “Hope your day is filled with gourmet food!”. Well, it turned out that it was a gourmet day starting in a very unexpected way. About 8:30AM, the doorbell rang and my dog Scooby, barking furiously, insisted […]

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The Oil has Landed!

It’s here – 6 liters of Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva from the Umbrian region of Italy. It arrived very quickly once I placed the order – less than one week from Spello to San Jose. The oil is as yummy as I remember it, maybe even better than I recalled. When I opened the […]

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A New Store Unveiled: a Dormant Chef Reappears

This weekend I did what any self-respecting foodie would do on a Saturday night: took my family to the grand opening of a new specialty food store called Flavor Specialty Spice (flavorspice.com), located in Santana Row (an upscale village-like shopping center in San Jose). Flavor Specialty Spice offers 200+ spices, herbs and peppers including more […]

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Foodie Nationalism

I’m finally writing a real entry into my new food blog – only 2 weeks after setting it up. Given my teen/tween-filled life, I consider this timely and a success. So my first question to throw out to the blog-reading foodie public is about olive oil. Is it “PC” to spend lots of money on […]

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