Posts of "Product Reviews"

LaVitaFresca at Whole Foods Market: Marshmallows

Today, I want talk about marshmallows. Marshmallows are usually spongy, plastic cylinders that our kids beg us to buy. Most jet-puffed marshmallows would, much like a Twinkie or cockroach, survive a nuclear holocaust. I happen to love marshmallows but find most quite repulsive.

No Regrets About Champagne Here

John Maynard Keynes said that “My biggest regret in life is that I didn’t drink more champagne.” Already at this stage in my life, I’m living proof that statement will never apply to me.

The Pursuit of Hedonism: A Week in LA

With all that was happening in Los Angeles last week, I just didn’t know where to begin to write about it all. The Santa Barbara Vintners Association were coming to the Wine House and I was looking forward to seeing Larry Shaffer, Morgan Clendenen, Peter Caragasacchi, Michael Miroballi, Fabian Bravo, just to name a few.

Contemplating The Sexiness of Wine

On Wednesday, I was a guest of Dan Dunn, The Imbiber, on his premier Playboy Radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio. The topic was “the sexiness of wine.” It was great fun to be his guest and he is a crazy, intelligent, hilarious person but the most entertaining part was sending out a request for ...

Mona Would Approve: Sabra Beirut Mix – Real Lebanese

You know what’s the best way to learn a foreign language? Get a lover that speaks that language and within days you’ll be as fluent as a professor! Love has amazing motivational qualities. It’s the same with cuisine — the best way to get familiar with a foreign cuisine is to get a foreign lover ...

A Good Beet

I love garden beets. I’ve been eating beets since I was little kid and loved canned shoestring beets swimming in Regina Red Wine Vinegar. After school, I was happily satiated with my beets, a side of kipper snacks and a cream soda and I was on fire. Strangely, it wasn’t until I was well into ...

Kitchen Aid Professional 600 Stand Mixer

Some of my earliest culinary memories include a Kitchen Aid stand mixer and the unmistakable drone of the paddle with its ingredients slapping the chrome bowl. My grandmother being of Croatian descent was always a believer in “why make one batch of something when you could make six?” Most times when I would go to ...

A Strong, Reliable Love

You heard it here first: I am having a love affair. It is the first thing I think about in the morning when I’m lying in bed, trying to decide whether to wake up or to snooze for just a few moments longer. When I remember that the object of my affection is just in ...

LVF Gets Passionate About…2010

Ok, we own the fact that this may be a little late, but we’re all last minute Christmas Shoppers and we just want to give a shout out to a few of our favorite things (and we can use that now that Oprah is on her way out!)