Archive for January, 2010

We are anxiously awaiting our first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) basket from South Coast Farms in San Juan Capistrano, CA. This Thursday, we will pick up our first shipment and intend to blog about our experience with eating an assortment of in-season, organic fruits and vegetables. One of the neat features of this program is […]


nose:  honeysuckle, pear, white flowers, lavender, roses    palate: lime, fennel, pear, fuji apple, almond, wild herbs; very light with complex, sweet, and nutty flavors and medium acidity.   notes:  region- Santa Barbara, CA; varietal- 100% Arneis.  Available at Palmina Wines, $22.


I know, I know, Veritas isn’t new. But the recent expansion of the menu from simply wine and cheese (although I wasn’t complaining) to other small plates, such as charcuterie and bite size savory paninis, as well as hard alcohol, has brought new life to the little bar tucked away in north Dupont. I still […]


This is a take on the classic Milanese risotto which uses Parmigiano Reggiano. I used Pecorino Romano instead and incorporated one of my favorite things about winter… radishes! Recipe: Serves 6-8 For risotto: 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (48 fl ounces), 2 cups hot water, 3/4 stick unsalted butter (divided), 1 medium onion (finely chopped)3 […]


My current obsession: getting my hands on a piece of Jamon Iberico de Bellota, a rare pig found in the woods of Spain infused with the flavor of its favorite food: the acorn. Made from the pata negra, or black-footed pig, a Spanish breed that traces its origins to the region’s wild boars, jamón ibérico […]


Lompoc “Wine Ghetto”: (pronounced /Lom’-poke/ wīn /ˈge-(ˌ)tō\/) noun: a cluster of independent wine makers known for making incredible wines in a nondescript (ie, “ghetto”) industrial area in Santa Barbara County. On a recent wine tour in Santa Barbara county, we visited some of the best small local producers in the area. If you ever find […]


In today’s times, when more people are paying attention to the social, political, and environmental impacts of their actions, the long-lived tradition of eating delicacies that weigh on one’s ethical and moral conscience is fading fast, and being replaced by more principled substitutes. One perfect example is foie gras. Foie gras is made of the […]