Alesia: a family based Vietnamese-French resturant

If you like tasty pho, French pastry and delicious coffee, Alesia will soon be one of your favorite spots for lunch. Alesia serves delicious French Vietnamese dishes based on original homemade family recipes of the The Lye family. The Lye, a Vietnamese man, relocated to France after the 1975 fall of Saigon. His two daughtersContinue reading “Alesia: a family based Vietnamese-French resturant”

Build your immune system

What is our best defense against highly contagious viruses?   Most people agree that being vaccinated is a responsible action.  We can also wear masks, stay away from crowds and wash our hands frequently.  All of these actions are recommended by health authorities.  I think these actions are good and I recommend them, but what areContinue reading “Build your immune system”

Little Guatemala in Western Carolina

The culmination of a relaxing vacation was a stop in Morganton NC to see old friends with an exciting new venture. Erica and Christian Ramazzini renovated a building at 810 East Union Street into a charming cafe serving freshly roasted Guatemalan coffee, pastries and Guatemalan street food like tostadas. You can also purchase traditional craftContinue reading “Little Guatemala in Western Carolina”

Friday night at the Blue Rooster

We had a front row seat to hear Ariella at the Blue Rooster and I mean right up front next to the extra mics and equipment cases. We could almost reach out and touch the fabulous Ariella McManus, who was so kind to sing my favorite song, McGinn, in honor of my favorite Irish lassContinue reading “Friday night at the Blue Rooster”

Saturday morning farmers market

St. Petersburg FL has, in addition to its natural beauty and tourist attractions, one of the best farmer’s markets in the southeast. The array of fresh organic vegetables and fruits are a feast for the eyes. Worden Farms from Punta Gorda had the most gorgeous red kale and fat bunches of red and green leafContinue reading “Saturday morning farmers market”

Bitter with the sweet

Chard is in season! You don’t want to miss this beautiful vegetable, it’s almost too pretty to eat. I sauté it in olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper the same way I make my collards, Brazilian style. It was the star of tonight’s delicious dinner featuring pork chops glazed with mustard and maple syrup,Continue reading “Bitter with the sweet”

Jamie Oliver’s beet salad

My foodie cousin Bill sent me a picture today of a gorgeous beet salad from Jamie Oliver’s book, 5 ingredients. We took his five ingredients and raised it by a few items we had on hand. We roasted the baby beets with a sweet potato. The salad foundation became romaine, arugula, dandelion and radish microContinue reading “Jamie Oliver’s beet salad”