Sep 112010
In the Event of an Emergency . . . DO NOT Head for the Hills!: Foraging for Wild Food in Los Angeles

Farmer’s cheese with California peppercorns and foraged lambsquarter (a plant, not a lamb) A few weeks ago, I took part in a foraging and cheese-making course taught by Pascal, a survival and wild foods expert in the Los Angeles area.  Pascal teaches a wide variety of wild food and outdoor skills courses, which he lists […]

Apr 132010
Mushrooms All Year

A few weeks ago, a very considerate family member sent us two glorious pounds of fresh mushrooms from Oregon.  He ordered it through a company called Mushrooms All Year.  It was the most amazing gift!  We spent the next four days cooking morels, black trumpets (my favorite), yellow feet and chanterelles.  I just wish that Mushrooms […]

Mar 232010
Chicks With Knives: The Rise of the Underground Supper Club

In 2008, I read a New York Times article that piqued my interest in the growing movement of underground supper clubs.  Underground supper clubs provide a unique dining experience in a non-traditional setting.  At the very least, the meals are not served in a restaurant.  More often, it could be the home of a volunteer, […]

Mar 082010
Vegetarian Heaven: The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel

  “Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake” My weekend adventures aren’t restricted to climbing, diving, and traveling.  Sometimes, my most memorable adventures are of the culinary kind.  For my birthday, I recently had the pleasure of visiting The Dining Room, at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.  I’m a huge fan of the Bravo reality television show, Top Chef.  […]

Mar 252009
Where I’m from, we call them “dry land fish”

Earlier this year, I sprained my ankle. Recovery took more than two months, and is still progressing. Because I wasn’t able to climb, hike, or do much more than walk, I had a lot of time on my hands. I took the opportunity to explore some activities and places that I normally wouldn’t visit. One […]

Aug 122008
Our daily bread

Whole Foods is opening in Venice on September 3! I have mixed emotions about the opening in my neighborhood of one of my favorite stores. I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods. (On one hand, I love to browse the aisles, and find the experience strangely soothing. In fact, the food writer Michael Pollan […]

Aug 122008
Slow Food Nation San Francisco

If you like pickles, this is one event you don’t want to miss! It’s a festival called “Slow Food Nation” in San Francisco (where else?) on August 29 to September 1. According to the SFN website, the festival “is dedicated to creating a framework for deeper environmental connection to our food and aims to inspire […]