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Karen
Bay Area, California
I am a foodie adventurer. I love to cook, eat and travel and write about it as well!
Interests: cooking, eating, dining, travel, laughing, movies, blogging, photography, my family
Recent Activity
love those crimson red ones. Very cool! And these are heels that will not hurt if you wear them for a long time. Nice!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2013 on Meow! Kitten Heels Are Back at Coquette
I am deciding whether I like this look or not. It is a bit cool, but also a bit confusing. Either way- very unique!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2013 on Zara's Mini Skort Trend at Coquette
Karen is now following Jocelyn Williams
Aug 10, 2013
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Aug 10, 2013
Karen is now following Suburban Homestead
Aug 10, 2013
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Won Ton Soup from Wailana Coffee Shop Ahi Nachos from Gyu-Kaku My son's Beni-panda at Benihana We just returned from another wonderful vacation in Honolulu and have some different places to report other than the ones mentioned in Honolulu Heaven from 2011. We pretty much returned to our old standbys... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Buon Appetito
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I wanted to try Giada De Laurentis' recipe from her Everyday Italian book and decided to finally go for it. It was a big hit with my son as well as my parents. It is a very easy dish to do with minimal ingredients. My husband was not a huge... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at Buon Appetito
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Jun 25, 2013
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Beautiful orchids at the Park Hyatt Chicken Ceasar Salad at Bistro West Sweet and Spicy Halibut at Truluck's My family and I just returned from a short, but very fun vacation to San Diego. I hadn't been back to the area since I was 5 years old, so things have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Buon Appetito
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Monterey Bay squid, cherry tomatoes, arugula and garlic aioli pizza Years ago, my husband and I were curious to dine at Oakland's Pizzaiolo because of all of the rave reviews. Our experience at that time was minimally impressive. At one point during the dinner, we looked at each other, shrugged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Buon Appetito
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It has been way too long since my last post, but alas I am back ready to serve you some delicious cocktails inspired by the nine Oscar nominees of 2013. Without further adieu, here we go! "Amour" : A French Rose Cocktail- this wonderful classic French cocktail was very popular... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at Buon Appetito
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When I was 14, my parents and I vacationed in Italy visiting sites and family. I had an adventurous palate even at that age and tried all sorts of Italian delights. What I especially loved were the 14 course appetizers that began our meal at most places. Where my father... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at Buon Appetito
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I really love cauliflower- it is so delicious if paired with the right seasonings and just the perfect amount of cooking. If you cook cauliflower too much, it can get very mushy- almost the consistency of mashed potatoes. It would still be good, but I like mine with a bit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at Buon Appetito
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I'll admit I have been on a bit of a Spanish kick for the past year or so. Last week, I watched Jose Andres' PBS series, Made in Spain and got inspired to cook some yummy Spanish cuisine. Tonight I didn't feel like something too rich to eat, so I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Buon Appetito
love!
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2012 on Old Navy Embroidered Sateen Skirt at Coquette
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Stuffed Peppers are the perfect summer treat. The peppers that are available in the produce market are so fresh and savory that you don't need a lot of spices to make them tasty. I highly recommend this healthy dinner because it is carb conscious, full of veggies and has lean... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Buon Appetito
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(Lamb pictured before roasting) This recipe is loosely based from the "Family Meal" book by Ferran Adria. I used lamb shoulder which was extremely tender and flavorful. I also added a mirepoix to the bottom of the roasting pan for some extra juices and flavor. Lamb with Mustard and Mint... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at Buon Appetito
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Kakiage Tempura at Umami People might get mad that I am spilling the beans here, but Umami Japanese Restaurant is the best kept secret happy hour in the Bay Area. There...I said it! I had to divulge because I really love this place, its ambiance, the presentation, the service, as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Buon Appetito
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Goat Cheese Flambe at Fleur "Kids" pasta at Aureole My husband and I decided it would be a great idea to have a little getaway before summer since our schedule is going to be packed. Many thought we were crazy to bring a toddler along for the ride, however, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Buon Appetito
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Basil Collins, Mai Tai and Lobster Roll at Roy's Grilled Fish Tacos at Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill My enormous prime rib at Lord Fletcher's Since I can remember, my parents and I have spent our Easter break in Palm Springs. Over the years, we have enjoyed a variety... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at Buon Appetito
I have been waiting for a few months now on the release of El Bulli: Cooking in Progress. Finally, it arrived via Netflix this evening and had to immediately watch it. At close to two hours, it was a subtle yet interesting look on how this restaurant turned food into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Buon Appetito
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Trying to shed some light on my Siamese Peanuts at Hawker Fare I read about Oakland's Southeast Asian street food restaurant, Hawker Fare, in our AAA Magazine of all things. Hawker Fare is owned by James Syhabout whose Commis is nationally known as one of the best restaurants in America.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Buon Appetito
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For some reason, my son is loving mini marshmallows these days. As I was opening the bag, I noticed a recipe for this Watergate Salad that sounded interesting. I have never had it before, but it reminded me of the days of ambrosia and jello salads served at potlucks or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at Buon Appetito
On this sunny afternoon, my family and I ventured out to the Temescal neighborhood in Oakland to taste one of its newer establishments, The Sacred Wheel. It is a gourmet cheese shop and specialty market that also serves soups and sandwiches. I heard they made a mean grilled cheese so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Buon Appetito