14 years living in LA and never before have I visited Hawaii.

But now, the time has come!

Flip flops ready to go and suntan lotion all stocked up. Hawaii-here we come.



Size Doesn’t Matter

No matter how big or small it is, shopping at your local farmers market is one of the greatest experiences in life (and made even greater when paired with a double shot Latte).

Today, Super-sous and I went to one of our favorite local markets which consists of about 6 or 7 produce stands. It may be small (for California standards), but not having been to/shopped at a farmers market for the past 8 weeks, it was heaven, and we were able to stock up on some of the basics, to hold us over for the next few days.

I bought a beautiful 2 pound filet of line-caught Morro Bay salmon yesterday, so Super-sous and I are going to do some recipe creation which will involve some of the following ingredients (used over various dishes): dinosaur kale, fennel, peas, avocado, golden raisins, shallot, garlic, mint, thyme, rosemary, oregano, lemon and lemon zest, burrata cheese, goat cheese, and a lot of extra virgin olive oil.

With so many fresh, local ingredients, the kitchen is just begging for a piece of the action. Time to cook!


Super-sous and I are on our way home from a fabulous weekend at the Cooking for Solutions event that took place this past weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and, as we drive this 6 hour stretch from Monterey to LA, we are about to wrap up a total of 8 weeks on the road, crisscrossing the US, cooking all over the country and meeting amazing people.

Which leads me to share some news that I am VERY excited about…

This coming Saturday, Super-sous and I are going for a little r & r in Hawaii-the big island!

After 15 years living in LA and never going to Hawaii, 2 years of intense 16-18 hour days working on finishing my book and 8 weeks traveling around the US, shooting my new show, I am just about ready to lay on a beach and take a nap or two.

That said, our buddy Sam Choy, which we re-connected with at the Event in Monterey this past weekend has graciously invited us to get together while we’re on island and, no doubt, get involved in some delicious mischief making.

Hawaii… I haven’t met you yet, but I know I already love you. Let the countdown begin, Latte – 5 days!


Cooking for Solutions Success

Super-sous and I are wrapping up a wonderful weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the Cooking for Solutions event.

Today, I had my final speaking/cooking demo followed by a book signing.

What a backdrop!

Not only that, but we were able to attend our friend, (the master chocolatier at TCHO Chocolate), Brad’s informative and fascinating speech on the history and origin of chocolate. Thanks to Brad and his lovely fiance, Melissa, who helped ran the session. (P.S. Like mochas? Try making a Latte with TCHO chocolate – it will knock your socks off – and you can thank Brad for that.)

To top it off, we had a behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium and even got to feed some of the fish!

Many, many thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Team for all that they do to educate, inform, and bring people from all around the world together to promote the health and sustainability of our oceans. You are all such an inspiration!