Essential Wanderings http://essentialwanderings.com Celebrating the Treasures of Diversity in Culture & Cuisine Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:03:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Ali Rosen’s Bring It Does Just That http://essentialwanderings.com/ali-rosens-bring-it-does-just-that/ http://essentialwanderings.com/ali-rosens-bring-it-does-just-that/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:03:27 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=14522 Ali Rosen, the founder and host of Potluck with Ali, has a new book out called Bring It. And you guessed it, it’s all about tried and true recipes for potlucks and casual entertaining. We were lucky enough to be regaled with her wisdom, as well as sample some tasty tidbits from her book. Our … Continue reading Ali Rosen’s Bring It Does Just That

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Harissa’s Triumphant Charcuterie and Seafood Boards http://essentialwanderings.com/harissas-triumphant-charcuterie-and-seafood-boards/ http://essentialwanderings.com/harissas-triumphant-charcuterie-and-seafood-boards/#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:09:42 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=14438 When Chef Alain Cohen opened Got Kosher? in 2009, he wowed the culinary panorama of Los Angeles with his extraordinary Tunisian, French and Moroccan inspired cuisine. Shortly thereafter, his innovative pretzel challah was named Best Non-Traditional Challah by Los Angeles Magazine. Cohen continues invigorating each braided egg bread with ingredients ranging from Belgian Chocolate Chunks, to Kalamata Olive & Rosemary, … Continue reading Harissa’s Triumphant Charcuterie and Seafood Boards

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Azerbaijani-Style Novruz Spring Celebrations in California http://essentialwanderings.com/azerbaijani-style-novruz-spring-celebrations-in-california/ http://essentialwanderings.com/azerbaijani-style-novruz-spring-celebrations-in-california/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:34:55 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=14361 The Vernal Equinox today marks the beginning of Novruz. A joyous holiday celebrating spring, peace, friendship, life in harmony with nature and as it literally translates, a new day. Novruz is celebrated in Iran, Azerbaijan, Central and Western Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans. The California Azerbaijani Friendship Association, headed up by Ms. Kimiya … Continue reading Azerbaijani-Style Novruz Spring Celebrations in California

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Amanda Cushman Keeps It Real http://essentialwanderings.com/amanda-cushman-keeps-it-real/ http://essentialwanderings.com/amanda-cushman-keeps-it-real/#respond Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:33:28 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=14313 As food becomes ever more complex, leave it to Amanda Cushman to keep it real. Her new book, Simple Real Food, is filled with insights that facilitate easy, delicious, clean food prepared simply. Amanda’s thirty plus years of experience and expertise are honed down to their essence. The book captures her love of nourishing meals that … Continue reading Amanda Cushman Keeps It Real

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Kitchen Creativity Unleashes The Genius In Us All http://essentialwanderings.com/kitchen-creativity-unleashes-the-genius-in-us-all/ http://essentialwanderings.com/kitchen-creativity-unleashes-the-genius-in-us-all/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:19:23 +0000 http://essentialwanderings.com/?p=14266 We recently had the pleasure of sharing an afternoon in the test kitchen of Melissa’s Produce with Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. We were treated to a tsunami of ingenuity through an introduction to their new book Kitchen Creativity. This latest publication follows a slew of inspirational books by the duo, including The Flavor Bible. Here they … Continue reading Kitchen Creativity Unleashes The Genius In Us All

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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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