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Cotogna (SF)

When I searched for “vegetarian friendly dinner” in the financial district of San Francisco, one restaurant that caught my eye was Cotogna.  Its colorful website was bursting with pictures of fresh vegetables, so I didn’t have to feel silly about calling them and ask if it was a good idea to take a vegan there.  It […]

Things to do in Austin: Alamo Drafthouse

When we talked to locals about things to do in Austin, one thing that kept coming up was Alamo Drafthouse.  I asked myself, how good could a movie theater be that everyone keeps talking about it? Giving it the benefit of the doubt, I went online and checked what was showing. It was my favorite […]

Things to do in Austin: Whole Foods

While researching things to do in Austin before our trip, Whole Foods came up a lot on other people’s lists.  At first, I laughed at that. We already have plenty of Whole Foods in LA, why specifically visit a Whole Foods when traveling? Then I thought more about it.  I love going to super markets […]

The Salt Lick BBQ (Austin)

One important thing on my Todo List when visiting Texas for the first time is to eat barbecue.  It would be a shame for me to visit barbecue country without trying it at least once.  When I stepped out of the Jet Blue terminal and right into the smokey aroma of the Salt Lick outpost […]

Pok Pok (Portland)

What visit to Portland is complete without a meal at Pok Pok?  Although Los Angeles has more than a handful of well-known, authentic Thai restaurants, I had to try this one in Portland. At first, I was a bit skeptical about a non-Thai cooking Thai, but after tasting his food, Andy Ricker is legit. We […]

Dinner with Friends in Eugene

Lately, one of the things I most enjoy is sharing a casual dinner and a few glasses of wine with friends. When we visited our friends Jason and Joanna in Eugene and they opened their homes to us, I wanted to take advantage of their large, open-plan kitchen and 6-burner stove and cook them dinner. […]

Boke Bowl (Portland)

Some may think that a hot bowl of noodle soup is not a great idea when it hits 95F in Portland, but I scoff in the face of those people. The best time for a bowl of hot noodles is every time. Other than at Shojin, there’s not really a good place in LA for […]