Stella Rosa Moscato

Serving wine at the LA Street Food Festival

Serving wine at the LA Street Food Festival

MCCN staffers got a chance to try the  Stella Rosa #Moscato.  Two of us found that it was crisp and not too sweet. Although, we had one dissenter of three from MCCN who was not a fan and found the wine to be too sweet for her taste.   From MCCN editor, “Cheers with Stella Rosa Moscato. ”

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Huntington Beach, CA: Fire Pit fun

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One of the most fun and distinguishing things about Huntington Beach are the fire pits.  Even if you don’t get there in time to lay claim to a pit.  It is still quite a spectacle to behold for onlookers at night.  fire-pits-remove

 

Huntington State Beach is very popular with families. More than 600 fire rings are available on the city and state beaches for nightly bonfires, a favorite activity among Huntington Beach locals.

Visit the City of Huntington Beach Website

http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/about/parks_recreation/

Outer Banks, NC: Kill Devil’s Frozen Custard and Boardwalk Fries

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Just minutes from the beach on a hot day is a solution to cool you off.  Everyday you will find a new flavor on the menu for frozen custards at Kill Devil’s Frozen Custard and Boardwalk fries.  On this hot summer day, my mother and I tried the Black Raspberry and the Vanilla.  The thirdserving ice cream listed flavor of the day was chocolate.  Custard is creamier and smoother than ice cream.  The texture is the first thing we noticed and both of the our frozen custards were tasty.  On another given day you may find flavor such as coconut, pistachio or coffee. There is different flavor of the day everyday and the classic standby flavors of the vanilla and chocolate.  Banana splits Sundaes are big menu items every day.  Some of the sundaes include the sea turtle boasting of the best hot fudge in the world, wicked waffle sundae, and the wicked waffle which ice served between two hot waffles with fudge and real whipped cream.

But there is so much more including barbecue sandwiches, fries and we are told by locals the burgers are great.

Where: Outer Banks North Carolina
2503 N. Croatan Highway · Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina · 27948

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Baltimore, MD: Review of Nick’s Fish House & Grill

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Let me begin with, “What a pleasure.”  A friend of mine has been suggesting Nick’s Fish House & Grill to me for a review by MCCN for years.  Well, finally I made it to Baltimore and I have to recommend this place strongly.  It is a great place for friends to get together and a romantic place for couples.  Nick’s is located right along a pier and you have a gorgeous view.  Moreover, the food does not disappoint.

fried green tomatoes

fried green tomatoes

We started with an order of friend green tomatoes which were topped with lump crabmeat.  It was delicious.  Although, I did think the coating could have more flavor like salt or even a slightly spicy seasoning but it was still good.  Then I ordered clams on the half shell while my friend ordered the item which keeps her coming back called the crab pretzel.  I was fortunate to sample some of her dish and it was unique and definitely a winner in the taste department.  crab pretzel

My clams where accompanied with cocktail sauce and horseradish on the side.  You can also ordered classic steamed crabs coated in old bay seasoning.  We also ordered white sangria but they were a bit heavy on the ice.

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Where:  2600 Insulator Dr, Baltimore, MD 21230

Telephone: (410) 347-4123

Website:  http://www.nicksfishhouse.com/

Thanks for the suggesting this spot Anna S.

MCCN editor with old college roomie Anna.

MCCN editor with old college roomie Anna.

Hendersonville, NV: Review of Sunrise Cafe (near Vegas)

Classic Breakfast at Sunrise Cafe - Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork

Classic Breakfast at Sunrise Cafe – Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork

If you are looking to get off the strip of Vegas then take a 15 minute drive to Hendersonville to Sunrise Cafe.  By the time 8AM rolls around it starts getting crowded.  You will find a wide variety of choices from turkey sausage to pork from hash brown to eggs, pancakes and French Toast.   The restaurant is spacious with outdoor seating which quickly gets filled during the spring months.  The restaurant also serves lunch.

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I ordered the classic breakfast which consisted of two large sausage patties, scrambled eggs, delicious hash browns and my choice of toast(sourdough, wheat, white).  I enjoyed my meal.  It was quite hardy yet it didn’t feel or taste heavy.

One can also find items such as burgers, salads, omlettes plus bagels and lox.   There is even a small section on the menu called the lighter side of guilt.    And for those not worried about feeling guilty, look for the old fashion soda and candy section in the restaurant.

Where:  8975 S. Eastern, Suite 6  Las Vegas, Nv 89123

Telefone:   702-257-8877

Hours of Operation:  7AM to 3PM

Website:  www.eatatsunrise.com/

Sunrise Cafe storefront

 

                        

 

Taylor Swift’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Taylor Swift Baking

Taylor Swift Baking

 

“Baking is my favorite!” says Taylor,  See recording artist Taylor Swift’s recipepumpkin spice cookies for Pumpkin Spice Cookies.

Ingredients

  • For the cookies:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one lemon
  • For Garnish:
  • Whole pecans

Directions

LA Street Food Festival 2014

Feast your eyes on big fun.

Feast your eyes on big fun.

You don’t want to miss one of the most fun culinary events in Los Angeles.  Bring.  There are two sessions, one for the daytime crowd and another for the night crowd.  What’s consistent is all around best of LA’s culinary creativity.

When: Saturday June 28, 2014

Where: Rose Bowl in Pasadena

To avoid the issues of crowds and long lines associated with these types of events, attendance will again be capped at just 5,000 attendees and all tickets are being sold pre-sale through Eventbrite. Affordable, all-inclusive, all you can eat, all you can drink $55 GA tickets include sampling from 100+ food vendors, cold brews,, refreshing summer cocktails at five bars, wine tasting, plenty of cool water stations, refreshments from Press Brothers Juicery, Joia Soda, The Bu Kombucha, Jarritos, and Pop Water; and photos at the All Star + InstaParty photo booth that will print out attendee’s Instagram pics with the hashtag #LAfoodfest; DJs, collectible swag (including hand fans for all, and for our VIP guests, eco plates), plus free parking, Uber ride discounts and OC Fair tickets for all attendees. The event is all ages with 21+ wristbands for those who’d like to enjoy beer, wine and cocktails. 

All-inclusive tickets are available online now through the LA Street Food Fest website and Eventbrite and are presale only. No tickets will be available at the door. All inclusive, all you can eat, all you can drink, tickets are $55. VIP Early Admission tickets are available for $80 and include early admission, VIP parking, VIP entrance, access to an expanded new VIP lounge and other perks including special bites like Matt Biancaniello’s cocktail infused oysters. LASFF 2014 is shaping up to be the hottest ticket again this summer! The event sells out every year, so don’t delay getting yours! 

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On Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-la-street-food-fest-tickets-11625571397

Tickets are already more than 50% sold.  

Film and Foodie Review: BELLE

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BELLE  is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) and  enslaved African woman known as Maria Belle. . Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her color prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing.  To take things at surface value just will not do. It is as if God takes the imperfect situation of illegitimacy and works it for the overall good.

Dido grows up alongside a first cousin of the same at who was probably so isolated and lonely the only thing she could do would be to welcome and love Dido. In the film we watch the bond and the timing for finding a suitor.  It seems Dido’s great uncle and aunt never envisioned she would find husband.  The didn’t want her to marry down in social standing and they never thought she could marry up.

The story of Dido Belle goes beyond the tragic mulatto but how the influence of being the niece of the Lord Chief Justice may have played a significant factor in helping to build the road to end slavery.

And yes, there is an enchanting romance in the story too.  No Spoiler, just go see the film to see how the love story plays out.

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Food: When this hits dvd, it just scream movie and tea party with the ladies.   So grab your favorite type of scone, finger sandwiches and the very best tea then sit back enjoy the movie.   Check out our Tea and Garden Party menu.