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Butter Cream Bakery, Napa, CA

Butter Cream Bakery Chicken Pot Pie

I can’t resist a classic diner and I knew after one glance at the pink and white striped building of the Butter Cream Bakery and Diner in Napa that I would have to stop in for breakfast. The bakery opened in 1948 as a donut shop and grew from there. Today, they have a great bakery that does everything from donuts to wedding cakes and ... Read More »

Ad Hoc, Yountville, California

Ad hoc Menu

I’ve heard people refer to Yountville, California as Keller-Ville because renowned Chef Thomas Keller has so many excellent restaurants that dominate the foodie scene in the small Napa Valley town. There are other restaurants there, too, but I know that when I come into town I’m probably heading for The French Laundry, Bouchon or Ad Hoc. Ad Hoc is the most casual of Thomas Keller’s ... Read More »

Macarons at Bottega Louie, Los Angeles, CA

More macarons

French macarons are not as easy to find at bakeries as chewy, coconut macaroons are. While I am a big fan of a good coconut macaroon, I like finding a place that sells great macarons even more because I encounter it so much less frequently. One place in Los Angeles that sells great macarons – and lots of them – is Bottega Louie in downtown ... Read More »

The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento, California

Nicole with Chef Randall and Chef Noah

Chef Randall Selland told me that his restaurant, The Kitchen Restaurant, was based on the idea of eliminating the wait staff during a dining experience. A great front of house can add to a great meal, but a poor one can ruin it no matter how good the food is. So, Chef Randall decided to make the back of the house the front of the ... Read More »

The Hornet, Denver, CO

Buffalo Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

The Hornet is a bar/restaurant in the South Broadway area of Denver, which I’ve heard is undergoing a revitalization and is becoming a trendy area. The Hornet has been around for a while now, but it was packed on a Thursday night and looked worth a try. The restaurant has a New American-type menu, with lots of burgers, sandwiches and salads, with dishes like pork ... Read More »

Snooze, Denver, CO

Pancake Flight

There is no shortage of breakfast restaurants in Denver, so I was surprised when more than one person steered me towards Snooze as I planned my recent trip to the mile high city. Snooze is a funky little breakfast place that sprang up in 2007 in downtown Denver and proved to be so popular that they expanded to three locations in the past couple of ... Read More »

La Cure Gourmande, Seville, Spain

La Cure Gourmande, the aftermath!

La Cure Gourmande has to be on of the sweetest looking shops in Seville, Spain. And, since it is a candy and cookie shop, it is probably one of the sweetest in general. The store is actually a French one, started in 1989 to preserve and share some traditional french recipes for butter cookies, hard candies, caramels, nougats and chocolates. Since the first store opened, ... Read More »

Los Italianos, Granada, Spain

Los Italianos with Customers

If you’re in Granada during the summer, a stop at Los Italianos is a must. This Italian ice creamery is a popular place and serves up some outstanding ice cream. The shop has unusual hours. It is open from 8am until midnight, and is closed during the winter (so, open from April – October, give or take a little). This makes sense when you consider ... Read More »

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