My friend Delilah has taught me a lot. She's taught me that a train cocktail is a must when taking the Amtrak surfliner for our weekend Baja California trips. She's taught me that is perfectly fine to steal your neighbors loquats if it's to make jam that you'll then give to said neighbor. And she's taught me about the magic that are these falafel.
So, a lot of people think of Southern California and think all we eat are smoothies, juices, and salads. These days there's much more going on in SoCal when it comes to food but, it's true, we'll always go for a good smoothie. One of my favorite places to get a smoothie is at Backyard Bowls where everything is fresh and flavorful but never too sweet. I like the Tropical Ginger Smoothie so much that I decided to make my own version here!
Fellow food friend, author, and world traveler, Heather Christo, was diagnosed with a handful of allergies a few years ago and we've got major respect because, instead of having it drag her down, it's only made her more creative in the kitchen. Her latest cookbook, Pure Delicious, is a collection of some of her best allergy-free recipes like this awesome salad.
When it comes to margaritas, I like them on the rocks and Cadillacs, because it's the luxury car of margaritas and the addition of premium orange liqueur makes all the difference to me. But this cocktail is inspired by a road trip I took from Los Angeles to Austin, made with guava juice and a splash of soda for a Guava Cadillac of sorts.
There's a liquor store in Baja California that might just have the best Mexican liquor selection I've ever seen. I'd tell you where it is but I've been sworn to secrecy by the friend who first showed me the place. What I can tell you is I make sure to buy my 1L worth of alcohol and I bring back a...
On the second season of Off Menu, we stopped in Dublin and it was my first time visiting Ireland. My family is of Irish descent so I went for it: pints of Guinness, learned to jig, and hunted down the city’s best fish and chips. My consensus? Nothing compares to the fish and chips at Fish Shop.
The ultimate souvenirrecipe, this recipe is a nod to a restaurant that's not around any longer. When I first graduated from college, I moved back to my hometown of Los Angeles and into an apartment with my older sister. We'd frequent this hole-in-a-wall BYOB tapas place that channeled Spain almost as well as Vicky Christina Barcelona.
If I lived in Barcelona, becoming a regular at Entrepanes Diaz would be a life goal. Every detail at this 50s-style bar is thoughtfully executed as is their food. It's all about bocadillos (Spanish sandwiches) and I've recreated my favorite!
Walk into Tel Aviv's rowdy Tzfon Abraxas restaurant and there's likely music blasting, waiters singing, and cooks dancing. But that doesn't mean the food isn't taken seriously. My meal was nothing short of phenomenal but the undeniable favorite is the Charred Cauliflower, which I've recreated just for you.
Aluma Restaurant is in an area in Northern Israel is at the start of the Galilee so it has a cuisine centered on greens and beautiful vegetables. Everything is seriously fresh and well prepared and celebrated the produce, but our favorite is the oh-so simple Kohlrabi carpaccio with olive oil, parmiggiano cheese, and lots of toasty black cumin.
When I went to dinner at Messa Restaurant in Tel Aviv, I could not get enough of their beet spread. It was super smooth and airy, sweet and earthy so I made a version of it when I returned home and one taste makes me feel like I am back at Messa again.
My friend Mychael wins at life — he moved to Kauai to open a little hotel off the beaten path and he's transformed that little corner of the island into a refuge with laidback vibes that make Kauai so special. Yes, the atmosphere of The Palmwood is super special but I loved their breakfast, especially this Croissant Banana Tarte Tatin!