Category Archives: Guilty Pleasures

Coming soon: Dessert First! pop-up dinner

Who says you can’t have dessert first? On Thursday, December 6, four regional pastry superstars will be hosting Dessert First!, a pop-up dessert dinner at Sand City’s The Independent in conjunction with the next Independent Marketplace. Yep, you read that right: … Continue reading

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Coming soon: La Maialata V at Cantinetta Luca

It’s almost time for Cantinetta Luca’s popular pork party. The fifth annual La Maialata celebration is just two weeks away. This year, the festivities are expanding to two nights: Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7. Chef Jason Balestrieri will give the … Continue reading

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Celebrate the holidays with tamales

The holidays are upon us and for many Mexican families, it’s time to get cranking on making tamales, those delicious treats. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, my tias get the familia together to make tamales. Some history about tamales: The … Continue reading

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Hot dog

In case you missed it, here are my first impressions of new hot dog shop Doggie Stylez that appeared in Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along … Continue reading

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Food Fight: Sprinkles Cupcakes

This special Food Fight pits the three seasonal flavors at Sprinkles Cupcakes–the original cupcakery–against each other for a cupcake battle royale. German chocolate Available January 6 to 29 The German in German chocolate refers not to the country, but to … Continue reading

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New in Town: Mrs. DeLish’s Posh Pies

Winter is definitely here–it’s cold, wet and blustery out. Weather like this practically begs for comfort foods. Mac and cheese, soups and stews, these are the foods I crave this time of year. So needless to say, I was curious … Continue reading

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Looking for a good alternative

For those of you who missed my column in Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald, I’m reposting the stories here, complete with some photos that didn’t appear in the printed article. Labor Day weekend is almost here — yikes, … Continue reading

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Better bacon?

Just when I try to kick my pork habit, I have to read this story in today’s Herald about a new bacon venture from chef Tony Baker (of Montrio fame). Baker’s Bacon is offering dry-cured, English-style bacon made from the … Continue reading

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Best Bites: June 15-21

For those of you who missed my column in Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald, I’m reposting the stories here on my blog. But wait–there’s more! That’s right, you’ve read about the best thing I ate all week, but … Continue reading

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Pastries, petals and (birthday) parties

This past Thursday marked the one-year anniversary for Carmel’s Pastries and Petals. This quaint little shop on Mission, between Fourth and Fifth, serves up a variety of pastries, from cupcakes and cookies to strudel and scones. Over the past year, … Continue reading

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