Showing posts from October, 2013

Cicciotti’s Kitchen cookbook unfolds easy Italian family recipes in your cucina

Chef Gaetano Cicciotti grew up in Naples, Italy. As a child, he spent hours in the kitchen watching his mother and grandmother cook with simple, fresh local ingredients. Their knowledge and love of food sparked Chef Gaetano’s career as a chef. In 2002, he opened Cicciotti’s Trattoria in Cardiff by the Sea, CA. Cicciotti’s Kitchen cookbook includes recipes served in the restaurant as well as family recipes. Ranging from very easy to somewhat advanced cooking techniques, the recipes take you on a journey of Italian cuisine. The cookbook is broken up into sections: Salse (Sauces), Antipasti (Appetizers), Zuppe (Soup), Paste (Pasta), and Specialità (Specialties).
In the Antipasti section, we tried the Gamberi Margherita con Polenta (Shrimp in Cream Sauce with Polenta). The one thing I would change in this recipe is to prepare the polenta first. It took longer to cook based on the package directions. To mold the polenta, it needs to cool a bit to set. We didn’t have time to let it cool so i…

Wine Tastings are Back at Greenleaf!


Why not, PIE-NOT for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner in Costa Mesa, CA


The 5th Annual Taste of Venice returns on November 3, 2013

The Taste of Venice (formerly known as the Taste of Abbot Kinney) returns November 3, 2013 to the Electric Lodge (a solar-powered and ecologically minded performing arts center in Venice). The event supports the local charity, Inside Out Community Arts. Founded in 1996, Inside Out Community Arts has been providing at-risk and underserved children in Los Angeles with after school programs. Over 300 middle and high school youths a year are empowered with the tools, confidence, and inspiration to make a positive difference in their communities and the world from the inside-out. Exceptional food and drinks will be provided by local restaurants such as Chef Govind Armstrong’s Willie Jane and Chef Joe Miller’s Joe Restaurant.
The afternoon VIP reception, from 3:00pm-4:30pm, will feature music, a silent auction, special presentations and cooking demonstrations, and appearances by celebrity chefs Jet Tila from Iron Chef America and Adam Gertler from the Food Network as well as Food & Wine’…

Only seven scary nights left of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor in Long Beach, CA

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor returns with The Captain and his horrific armada of ghosts to give new life (or death) to a haunted carnival. The Captain invites you to cross over when you reach the main entrance. Don’t be scared, my pretty! He only wants your soul. As you cross over, a new evil character, The Ringmaster, hauntingly greets you with a snide smile and evil laugh. As you enter the carnival, more spooky characters reach out from the beyond to make contact by grunting, growling, and staring into your soul.
After crossing over, the energy drain made us a hungry for flesh. Dracula’s Pizza had giant slices of pizza, garlic battered corn dogs, garlic fries, and garlic chicken kabobs. Flesh freshly grilled on the large bbq pits in front. I didn’t feel like scaring off the vampires so I went to the next stand, Creepy Tacos. Now, this is what I’m talking about – brains, cheeks, and tongue. The zombie in me wanted brains (sesos), but due to the unpopularity of this menu item for the firs…

Pipikaula Tacos with Adoboloco

I needed to make a quick dinner. I had some leftover corn tortillas and thawed out a pack of pipikaula (Hawaiian dried smoked beef) which is actually juicier than you would think of dried beef. It's more like smoke cured beef. I chopped up some vidalia onions and loaded the tacos up. Instead of using hot sauce, I stayed with the Hawaiian theme and splashed on some Adoboloco Jalapeno Sauce. Onolicious!

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s “Trade Up Your Cup 2” at Angels Stadium of Anaheim