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Jun 28, 2015

Savoring scrumptious summer fruit

Imagine vibrant sweet strawberries, juicy succulent peaches, flavorful figs, melons with a hint of citrus, and tangy tasty plums. We tasted all these and more at Melissa’s World…READ MORE

Jun 20, 2015

Savory Mustards:  Delicious and Unique

We were excited and also curious recently when we had the opportunity to taste some unique artisan mustards being produced by a new company based in Southern California.  Sassy…READ MORE

Jun 09, 2015

Fast Track Cuisine

The track is fast—one of the fastest in the world. The food, however, is not.  (Well, it may arrive speedily, but it is not your typical sports…READ MORE

Jun 03, 2015

Pechanga’s Pièce de Résistance Pastry Chef

Pechanga Resort and Casino, which is the largest casino in California and is located in Temecula, about an hour north of San Diego, has added a sparkling…READ MORE

Apr 16, 2015

A Photo Essay:  How to Grill the Perfect Steak

My son, David, is the head cook on the award-winning "Meat, Drink and Be Merry" competitive BBQ team. So recently, while visiting him in Memphis, I was thrilled when he…READ MORE

Apr 09, 2015

Savor the Best in Authentic Mexican Cuisine at Mexicano

Most food writers hesitate to describe a restaurant with too many superlatives, but I am going to go out on a limb and say that the recently opened Mexicano in…READ MORE

Mar 18, 2015

Melissa’s:  The Place for Fresh and Accessible Produce

It’s wonderful to be a food writer who meets talented chefs and tries enticing dishes at great restaurants, but sometimes my experiences are especially unique and inspiring. That…READ MORE

Mar 07, 2015

Chocolate and Wine: A Winning Duo at Pechanga

Pechanga Resort & Casino recently created a lovers’ paradise—wine and chocolate lovers, that is.  More than a thousand of them found their way to the…READ MORE

Mar 01, 2015

Cultivating Good:  A Photo Essay

We recently had a wonderful experience learning about a Southern California company called Cultivating Good, the parent company that includes E.A.T. (Extraordinary Artisan Table) Marketplace, Harvest 2U, and…READ MORE

Feb 26, 2015

Cultivating Good:  Food for Body and Soul

We eat to fuel our bodies and keep us healthy, but most of us also eat because we love good food. I was fortunate to participate in a media event…READ MORE

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