Chocolates are my favorite treat. They’re a great dessert, especially for parties and events, like weddings.
Recently Fran’s Chocolates sent me their famous salted caramels. These Gray and Smoked Salt Caramels are available in dark and milk chocolate, paired with soft buttery caramel and topped with gray and smoked sea salts.
The caramels look pretty and taste delicious!
An added bonus? The presentation – box and bow – can be color coordinated.
A tasty and eye-catching option for wedding favors.
Valentine’s Day is coming up! Stumped on what to do? I’ve got some great ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart.
Since I’m a writer for San Diego Family Magazine, I had the opportunity today to share some Valentine’s Day date tips for couples and families with Renee Nelson at ABC 10News during a FacebookLive. We talked about specific places to go in San Diego; things to do on a budget and to splurge; ways to keep love sizzling, and more.
Get more Valentine’s Day ideas in the February issue of San Diego Family Magazine, which is available for free at Albertsons, Ralphs, Party City and local libraries, as well as online.
Here are some behind the scenes photos from the shoot.
Check out my this #MondayMotivation message featured on my son’s #pumpkin. He wrote: “Be…fun, silly, wacky, creative, YOU!!”
We were decorating pumpkins last weekend – doing the usual thing of making eyes, mouth, nose, etc.
Then my son got inspired to write a personal note. I love his sentiment and it’s perfect for Halloween, when everyone wants to dress up to be “someone else.” So go ahead, this Halloween and every day, Be Yourself!
There’s something so appealing about Hawaii. The tropical smells and sound of the ocean are so inviting.
I recently got a feel for the Hawaiian Islands when I attended a Hawaiian-themed party for San Diego Style Weddings – the wedding magazine for which I’m the editor.
The magazine’s “Mix.Mingle.Schmooze” event, which was held at Bali Hai Restaurant, featured all sorts of Aloha vibes, from the food to the music to the décor.
The flowers were so colorful and tropical. Each woman received a flower to wear behind her ear. Single women wear the flower behind their right ear, while married women (or those in a relationship) wear it behind the left ear. Haydee de la Cruz of Haydee’s Creative Flowers designed these blooms!
The photobus photo booth from Pacific Coast PhotoBus was fun. I loved the props, including a captain’s hat and fuzzy boa.
The menu included yummy pot stickers, coconut shrimp, jerk chicken lollypops and coconut rice.
Love sriracha, artisan pickles and ancient grains? You’re in luck! These are some of the top 20 food trends for 2016.
From healthy kids’ meals to local produce to ethnic condiments, menu trends for 2016 are intriguing. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) recently released its annual list of what’s hot at restaurants.
“Chefs and restaurateurs are in tune with over-arching consumer trends when it comes to menu planning but add their own twist of culinary creativity to drive those trends in new directions,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research for the NRA. “No one has a better view into the window of the future of food trends than the culinary professionals who lead our industry.”
The NRA surveyed almost 1,600 chefs, all members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The chefs reported their picks for the top foods, beverages and culinary themes trends for the New Year.
My Healthy Dining article explains what’s hot and what’s not this year in cuisine.
Restaurant Week is always exciting. It’s a great chance to try new restaurants, sample new foods and get outside the usual food routines we all have. While there’s nothing wrong with visiting a favorite dinner spot or a having a certain place to grab dessert, it’s interesting to check out new restaurants and nibble a few new dishes.
I recently attended San Diego Restaurant Week’s launch party, previewing the week-long event celebrating local food and drink in San Diego.
The party, held at Go Green Agriculture in Encinitas, featured 20 restaurants and 19 beverage providers, including:
Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
Casa de Bandini
Croce’s Park West
D Bar San Diego
Park Hyatt Aviara
Sbicca Del Mar
S & M Sausage & Meat
Stake Chophouse & Bar
Terra American Bistro
The Patio Restaurant Group
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
2 Plank Vineyards
Bolt Brewing Co.
Briar Rose Winery
Helm’s Brewing Co.
Hillcrest Brewing Co.
Kill Devil Spirits Co.
Koi Zen Cellars
Old Harbor Distilling
Palumbo Family Vineyards
The California Spirits Co.
The California Fruit Wine Co.
URBN Brewing Co.
Vinavanti Urban Winery
Witch Creek Winery
My husband joined me to sample lots of tasty foods and drinks. Some of our faves? The sausage from Sausage & Meat; the pork dish garnished with watermelon from Parq Restaurant; and the s’mores dessert from Park Hyatt Aviara.
Despite the hot weather, the launch was great! From chilled gazpacho to sips of wine, it was easy to cool down and savor the flavors.