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This summer, Melting Pot Food Tours celebrates its fourth year as the original food tours provider for Los Angeles. The company has pioneered walking-tasting culinary tours of the city's best restaurants in the most historic neighborhoods. Their three tours--The Original Farmers Market and 3rd Street, Old Pasadena, and East LA Latin Flavors—are chock full of stories of local color, introductions to merchants, and exotic tastings of world cuisine. Enjoying a taste of signature Chinese Chicken Salad from Jones on Third. Melting Pot Food Tours was founded by native Angeleno sisters Lisa and Diane Scalia, who share a passionate desire to…
A popular sidewalk cafe. There's never been a better time to eat well in Los Angeles. LA faces the Pacific Rim and straddles the gateway to Latin America; and it has long been a destination due to its weather, topography and opportunity. Those diverse groups from distant lands have all helped to weave a collective culinary fabric that makes LA one of the most exciting places to dine on Earth. Northern California had the Gold Rush in the mid 1800s. Now the rush is on to be a part of LA's culinary scene, with chefs, artisans, brewers, coffee roasters and…
The popularity of California wine, fresh produce and regional cuisine continues to expand worldwide. For travelers to the state, one of the best ways to discover what's new in fresh seasonal cooking and dining is to visit California's wine country. Local restaurants focus on pairing regional wines with natural, farm-grown ingredients, often sourced from community farmers' markets. These markets reflect the abundance of produce available in the state, as California is America's top agricultural state, producing 400 plant and animal commodities. There are more than 400 certified farmers' markets throughout California, many of them in the state's wine regions. A…
  Whether grown from the fertile earth or harvested fresh from the sea, Sonoma County's eateries embrace an eat-fresh philosophy that offers visitors a true taste of wine country. Dining has close connection with the land. Venture out beyond your resort's borders to discover a food lover's paradise: 500-plus restaurants ranging from Michelin- and Zagat-rated to casual wine country cuisine use freshly harvested, locally-grown produce. Pay attention as you explore the lush countryside; the bounty you see today may be on your plate tonight. An abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs blanket the countryside. Cattle, sheep, and pigs graze the…
Thomas Keller of Yountville's French Laundry received the S.Pellegrino Lifetime Achievement Award on AprilThos Keller of French Laundry. 30th at London's Guildhall. The award is conferred by the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Academy which includes 27 Chairs from around the world and an 837-strong voting panel. In receiving this accolade, he joins the S.Pellegrino Lifetime Achievement hall of fame alongside Juan Mari Arzak, Eckart Witzigmann and Joël Robuchon. Keller's iconic restaurant, The French Laundry in Yountville, California, effectively revolutionized American cooking, combining classical French techniques with distinctive, locally sourced quality ingredients years before such an approach became de rigueur. For…
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