Olive Oil Cake

Someone sent me this amazing recipe, and I just have to share it with you all. (The “Author” in bold below is not me.) Author Notes:¬†Olive oil cake at its best has a crackling crust and an aromatic oil-rich middle, which, if it held any more moisture, would be pudding. Pulling this off should be …

20 Minute Yakiudon

Many of you might think of Udon as the thick chewy noodle in udon soup, but it can also be served dry(ish) and sauteed. Sometimes I’m in a jam for time, and I don’t have dashi stock lying around, so I opt for the faster dry version of udon. Last Thursday night, I clocked this …

Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil

We could not believe the experience at French Laundry last time, so we had to try another high end prix fixe restaurant in Napa Valley. Were the merits of French Laundry inflated due to its historical significance, or did critics grade all Napa valley restaurants too kindly after a few bottles of wine? Auberge du …

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Here we are, back in Napa Valley; this time trying to cater to more eccentric tastes. We have a vegetarian, pescetarian, and the masticating equivalent of an octogenarian. We have lactose intolerance, fried food non-preference, and no serious wine drinkers in presence. So without the euphoric buzz from alcohol, all restaurants become subject to the …