Sipping wine with lawyers certainly adds a twist to the term “bar association!”
Would you consider running an item on the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s 26th Annual Vintage Bouquet food and wine event on April 27, noon – 4 pm, at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills?  There are some significant wineries and restaurants that are participating.
Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork

Grounds of Greystone Mansion Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork

The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s popular Vintage Bouquet – which has been serving up tastes of amazing wines, spirits and food to raise money for community based pro bono legal service programs for more than a quarter century – continues the tradition with the 26th annual event, on Sunday, April 27, 2014, from noon to 4 pm, at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.   Delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by many of Los Angeles’ best restaurants and chefs are paired with tastings from California’s top wineries, spirit and beverage companies.  The event also features live and silent auctions, exceptional musical entertainment and a VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge.  Proceeds benefit the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation’s pro bono legal services, including free monthly legal clinics, programs for elementary school students to teach them about tolerance, feeding the homeless at Samoshel, and much more.
Wineries and beverage companies pouring include Stella Artois, Ahnfeldt Wines, Asahi Shuzo, Beekeeper Cellars, Bernardus Winery, Beverly Hills Drink Company, Cielo Farms, Ferrari-Carano Vineyard & Winery, Heitz Wine Cellars, Knights Bridge Winery, Hubert’s Lemonade, Landmark Vineyards, Lewelling Vineyards, Miner Family Winery, Moreno BHLV, Peju, Priest Ranch & Somerston Estate, Quady Winery, Stella Artois, Sunstone Vineyard & Farms, Tudal Family Winery – Napa Valley and Wicker Vineyards.
Among the many restaurants providing sweet and savory tastings are Bistrot Bagatelle, Brix Chocolate, Café Firenze, CHAYA Catering, Celebrity Cruises, Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream, Goldie’s, Il Fornaio – Beverly Hills, Lexington Social House, Napa Valley Grille, Nuovoterra Products, Phorage,  Ruth’s Chris and many more.
Greystone Mansion
905 Loma Vista Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$150 in advance; $175 per person at the door;

$225 VIP tickets (include entree to VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge)

818) 610-0300

Las Vegas: Review of Leticia’s Mexican Cocina



You are not going to find this spot on the strip.  It is not even in downtown Las Vegas. Instead  think of taking a 20 minute trip to North West Vegas to Leticia’s Mexican Cocina.  What you find is some of the best Mexican food this side of the border.  I have been privy to test some to the Mexican food in Los Angeles and Leticia’s rivals all of them.  I went with Dave Miller of Dave Miller’s Mexico Blog and his wife.  As a person who lives half of the year in Mexico, I asked him to select something authentic and that don’t see everyday on Mexican menus in the states.  He recommend the Molcajeted.  There was not one flat note of flavor.  In fact there was residual zing of flavor.  My dish was mixed grill of carne asada, nopales, chicken, shrimp, jalapenos, and chorizo sausage is served in a heated molcajete with Oaxacan queso fresco. Now visually Dave did mention he thought it would be more spectacular and there was an absence of green onion.  Nevertheless, he tasted it as well and thought it was phenomenal.  My beverage of choice for the evening, white sangria.  I enjoyed it but next time I would say easy on the ice of no ice. 



Dave ordered the tacos Pastor.  He thought they were great and his wife ordered the salsa verde and salsa roja tamales which she enjoyed.  Now to quote Dave, ” The tequilla list was awesome. If you want tequila, this is the place.”   His description of the tacos Pastor, “… the pineapple in the tacos pastor and carnitas were literally perfect, best I’ve had outside of Guadalajara.  The guac was the only so so thing to me.”  Before dinner was served there was complimentary chips, salsa and fabulous bean dip.

Where:  7585 Norman Rockwell LN Las Vegas, Nevada 89143

Phone (702) 445-7722
Email Leticia@LeticiasCocina.com
Website http://www.LeticiasCocina.com




Blue Martini Cocktail Recipe

The martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive. Over the years, the martini has become one of the most well-known mixed alcoholic beverages. H. L. Mencken once called the martini “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”,and E. B. White called it “the elixir of quietude”.-(Wikepedia)  For a splash of color for countries with Red, White and Blue as their color, add a cherry.

The blue martini with bite!

Blue Martini Recipe Ingredients

60ml (or approx 2 oz) Vodka
15ml (or approx � oz) Blue Curacao Liqueur
10ml (or approx � oz) lime juice
small wedge of lemon or lime
6 ice cubes

Blue Martini Recipe Directions

Into a cocktail shaker, pour the Gin and Curacao.
Add ice.
Shake well.
Rub the rim of the martini glass with the wedge of lemon/ lime.
Strain and pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into a martini glass.
Finish by arranging a twist of lemon on the rim of the martini glass.

See More Martini Recipes at http://www.martinirecipe.net/apple-martini.html

Hasty Pudding

Hasty pudding is a pudding or porridge of grains cooked in milk or water. In the United States, it invariably refers to a version OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
made of ground 
corn. Hasty pudding is notably mentioned in a verse of the early American song Yankee Doodle.

Since the 16th century at least, hasty pudding has been a British dish of wheat flour cooked in boiling milk or water until it reaches the consistency of a thick batter or an oatmeal porridge.[1] Hasty pudding was used as a term for the latter byHannah Glasse in The Art of Cookery (1747).


Las Vegas Restaurants: Review of Florida Cafe Cuban Bar & Grill


When you are in Vegas and you want to grab a bite to eat and maybe even dance, check out the Florida Cafe Cuban Bar and Grill.  From the outside, it is not much to look at and in the inside isn’t modern but the food is worth raving about.  My dining partner and I order classic Cuban menu items like the Cubano sandwich and Ropa Vieja.  The Cuban Sandwich is sort of like a Panini and it comes with plantain chips.  I had the shredded chicken style of Ropa Vieja with Cristianos y moros as my side dish.


Both of our meals were satisfying.  I also order the Cuban.  If you don’t know what that is then expect a small expresso type size cup of coffee.  It was strong enough to keep me going and the flavor, “Que Rico.”

Film and Foodie Review: Captain America – Winter Soldier

Honestly, when I come from seeing a Captain America movie I become a Yankee doodle dandy.  Serve me some Apple pie becausechris-evans-captain-america-95e1533eb1b20a97777749fb94fdb944 Cap puts the patriotic spirit in you.  Chris Evans also just seems to fit the character like a glove.  Personally, I get lost the the puddle of his blue eyes any moment that he is distressed.  He seems to carry the weight of not only America but the world on his shoulders.  In addition we know our hero is trying to persevere in a very new world with different ideals.  Evans portrays his character with vulnerability.  Couple that with the Winter Soldier in this film and you’ve got more to torment Steve Rogers AKA Captain America.    The history between the character is rich as any comic book fan would have understood the Winter Soldier was coming based on the first film setting it up.

This script is smart.  It seems to have more action than its predecessor but I like the warm sepia tones of the first Captain America;however, that  touch was because it was a period piece.  The agents of shield also seem to more comfortable in their roles.   Scarlett Johanssen and Samuel Jackson up their screen time in this film.  Plus there is the addition of Anthony Mackie as Falcon.      Also expect to see Robert Redford with a central role.

The Food – Buy me some some peanut and Cracker jacks.   Also the Jello Flag Cakes or pops may be a good idea when this film hits dvd.

The History of Marshmallow PEEPS

Bright, spongy, and sweet marshmallow PEEPS are iconic Easter season candies. The poultry shaped treats can be traced back to the 1910 Just

Pink PEEPS Jon Sullivan - Pdphoto.org

Pink PEEPS Jon Sullivan – Pdphoto.org

Born Candy tradition.

Sam Born emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1910. A skilled candy maker and inventor, Born employed innovative technology to create chocolate sprinkles, the hard chocolate coating for ice cream bars, and a machine that mechanically inserted sticks into lollipops.

In 1923 Brooklyn, New York Born opened his first candy company. In an effort to alert his customers to his products’ freshness, Born daily placed a “Just Born” sign in the company’s window. The name stuck and the Just Born Company was, ahem born.

In 1932 the thriving company moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1953 Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company and with it the iconic PEEPS. Ever the innovative company, Just Born invented a way to mass produce the PEEPS and the company became the world’s largest manufacturer of novelty marshmallow treats.

Not just regulated to yellow baby chickens, PEEPS come in different shapes and colors for all holidays!

The Just Born Company is also responsible for the Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, and Peanut Chew candy treats.

The Just Born Company

Written by Catrina Sally

Ask the Expert: Wine Choice Pairings for Mexican Food

Ever been stumped on how to pair your Mexican food with wine beyond the basics of white goes with chicken and red goes with meat?  Well, with Mexican food there are various spices to take into account that makes the pairing need a little more thought.

MCCN Contributor/Dave’s Mexico Blogger Dave Miller catches up with Wine Expert Ed Draves.


About Guatemala’s Coffee


Guatemala is a country working hard to bring higher visibility and uniform quality to a well-established coffee industry. Not always as well-known as some of its Central and South American neighbors, Guatemala’s coffees have a distinctive taste quality favored by many for its rich flavor. There are three main growing regions — Antigua, Coban and Heuhuetanango — and in each, one finds a breath-takingly rugged landscape and rich volcanic soil. Microclimates strongly influence the quality and flavor of the Strictly Hard Beans grown at altitudes 4500′ or higher. In the cup, a Guatemalan is a medium-to-full bodied coffee, often with a depth and complexity of taste that is almost spicy or chocolatey to the tongue.

 Guatemalan coffee is arguably the crown jewel of Central America. That doesn’t not mean all Guatemalan coffees are good … but it does means that the potential on the upside, the possibility of 88+ point coffees, is greater from regions in Guatemala than its neighboring countries. Great Guatemalan coffees have a bright cup character, floral hints, clean fruited notes, moderate body, and a lingering clean aftertaste. With varying qualities, farms ranging from huge estates to tiny small-holders perched on steep slopes, and different cup characteristics from within the same micro-regions, there is much to learn to appreciate the complexity of Guatemala coffee.

The Divergent Looks of British Actor Theo James

Theo James complexion oozes with a creamy cafe colored mix, a bit of divergent look for a Brit.   The British actor  was born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis in 02-divergent-theo-james-photos-bedlam-heightsOxford, Oxfordshire, England.  His real last name reflects his Greek ancestry.  His body is chiseled like a Greek statue.  However, despite his somewhat dark good looks he is mostly Scottish and British.

The actor has appeared on television series and stars in the movie Divergent.   Expect two more films in the Divergent series.