Essential Wanderings http://essentialwanderings.com Celebrating the Treasures of Diversity in Culture & Cuisine Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:52:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 The Secrets to Dazzling Food Photos Revealed http://essentialwanderings.com/the-secrets-to-dazzling-food-photos-revealed/ http://essentialwanderings.com/the-secrets-to-dazzling-food-photos-revealed/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:52:30 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=14190 Are you as obsessed with food photography as we are?  If so, have we got a book for you. The Food Stylist’s Handbook by Denise Vivaldo with Cindie Flannigan is such a fun read we almost decided to become food stylists on the spot. Their book has all the guidance necessary to begin or advance … Continue reading The Secrets to Dazzling Food Photos Revealed

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Spaghettini Celebrates 30 Years of Success http://essentialwanderings.com/spaghettini-celebrates-30-years-success/ http://essentialwanderings.com/spaghettini-celebrates-30-years-success/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 07:22:09 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=14149 Laurie Sisneros and Cary Hardwick, the charming owners of Spaghettini, have a lot to celebrate. They’re a few months shy of 30 years in business, have unveiled a lovely alfresco seating area and released a book of Spaghettini’s recipes in collaboration with their accomplished Executive Chef, Victor Avila, called From Our Home to Yours. All in … Continue reading Spaghettini Celebrates 30 Years of Success

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Katsu Sando’s Melt In Your Mouth Wagyu http://essentialwanderings.com/katsu-sandos-melt-in-your-mouth-wagyu/ http://essentialwanderings.com/katsu-sandos-melt-in-your-mouth-wagyu/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:40:35 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=14012 Katsu Sando Pops Up on Sunday nights at Kura Japanese Restaurant located in the corner mall at Sunset and Crescent Heights. Katsu Sando translates to cutlet sandwich and that’s basically the entire menu, four Nama Panko crusted sandwiches and a couple of extras. But what extraordinary sandwiches they are. Daniel Son, head chef at Kura … Continue reading Katsu Sando’s Melt In Your Mouth Wagyu

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It’s Worth Investing Time in Historic Old Sacramento http://essentialwanderings.com/its-worth-investing-time-in-historic-old-sacramento/ http://essentialwanderings.com/its-worth-investing-time-in-historic-old-sacramento/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:57:17 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=13935 I was born in California and never made it to the state capital, until now. One crucial part of that oversight is missing out on the Historic Gold Rush Town of Old Sacramento. For those interested in avoiding the same mistake, it’s a good idea to invest some time exploring this spectacularly preserved piece of … Continue reading It’s Worth Investing Time in Historic Old Sacramento

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Delectable Surprises in Sacramento’s Little Saigon http://essentialwanderings.com/delectable-surprises-sacramentos-little-saigon/ http://essentialwanderings.com/delectable-surprises-sacramentos-little-saigon/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 02:21:05 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=13942 2010 was the year Sacramento officially designated Stockton Boulevard between Riza Avenue and Fruitridge Road, Little Saigon. And anyone visiting the area should definitely stop by for an authentic bite at one of the scores of Vietnamese restaurants located in the area. We found a real winner in Quan New Ninh Hoa, located at 6450 … Continue reading Delectable Surprises in Sacramento’s Little Saigon

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The Quintessential Hostess Gift http://essentialwanderings.com/the-quintessential-hostess-gift/ http://essentialwanderings.com/the-quintessential-hostess-gift/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:21:31 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=13940 While in Sacramento, we were introduced to Nothing Bundt Cake and we have to say it was love at first bite. The great news is that they are a nationwide franchise. That means you are most likely situated near a local shop.  But if not, you can always go online and have one dropped off … Continue reading The Quintessential Hostess Gift

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‘Tis The Season for Gift Baskets http://essentialwanderings.com/tis-the-season-for-gift-baskets/ http://essentialwanderings.com/tis-the-season-for-gift-baskets/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 04:16:18 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=13995 Yes, the holidays are definitely upon us.  Looking for a thoughtful gift sure to please everyone on you list? What could be easier than a  Melissa’s Produce gift basket?   Melissa’s Produce supplies the freshest seasonal staples and exotics.  Fruit, vegetables and fine wines can all be creatively arranged in any combination, from single stunning gift baskets … Continue reading ‘Tis The Season for Gift Baskets

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Istanbul & Beyond Champions Uncharted Turkish Delights http://essentialwanderings.com/istanbul-beyond-champions-uncharted-turkish-delights/ http://essentialwanderings.com/istanbul-beyond-champions-uncharted-turkish-delights/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:52:20 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=13969 Stunning, slice-of-Turkish-life photos by David Hagerman and recipes from remote regions of Turkey, are the focus of Robyn Eckhardt’s latest cookbook, Istanbul & Beyond. The two spent 18 months digging deep into “one of the most gastronomically complex countries anywhere”, as Robyn so eloquently states it. The diverse terrains combined with interactions with neighboring countries … Continue reading Istanbul & Beyond Champions Uncharted Turkish Delights

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Easy Mexican Cuisine with Help from La Tortilla Factory http://essentialwanderings.com/easy-mexican-cuisine-with-help-from-la-tortilla-factory/ http://essentialwanderings.com/easy-mexican-cuisine-with-help-from-la-tortilla-factory/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:09:16 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=13836   Looking to simplify your Mexican meals at home? The woman to turn to is Jenny Tamayo. As a 3rd generation proprietor and marketing specialist, Jenny is promoting her family’s traditions and recipes for La Tortilla Factory, which was started by her grandparents in 1977. The reason La Tortilla Factory has remained relevant for decades, … Continue reading Easy Mexican Cuisine with Help from La Tortilla Factory

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Easy Fresh Bowls of Plenty http://essentialwanderings.com/easy-fresh-bowls-of-plenty/ http://essentialwanderings.com/easy-fresh-bowls-of-plenty/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:13:07 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=13804 Meals in a bowl are all the rage.  It’s the new fast food model dedicated to filling a vessel with guests choice of their favorite ingredients for a personalized, satisfying mix that can be as healthy as one sees fit. Here in LA, it seems there’s a new poke bowl or ethnic bowl establishment on every … Continue reading Easy Fresh Bowls of Plenty

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