Open This One First With Nespresso

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The holidays are here! Time to feast with our friends, and treat them to a surprise. Hosts work so hard to entertain and plan the perfect dinner party – an early morning trip to the farmer’s market to grab the best produce, developing the menu, setting a beautiful table, and making sure guests have delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages to enjoy when they arrive. And don’t forget dessert. You know dessert is the best part of a holiday feast, especially with a warm, rich cup of coffee to complement the evening.

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Nana Joe’s Granola

Granola with yogurt

Long time San Francisco resident and pastry chef, Michelle Pusateri was having trouble finding the breakfast she needed to fuel her active lifestyle and sustain her hunger until lunch.  So of course as any talented, crazy… but talented person would do, she creates a recipe in her small Outer Sunset kitchen, and begins giving it to everyone she knows, including myself. One recipe becomes three, and before she even knows what’s happened, Nana Joe’s Granola is born. Thank goodness!

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La Taberna

La Taberna Napa

La Taberna is always my first stop upon arriving in my hometown of Napa, CA. Not only to give the owner, and thank the heavens my best friend Mick Salyer a giant hug, but to get the latest scoop, and see what new and delicious pinxtos are on the menu.

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Ava Gene’s

 

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As November washes away into December, and the urge to hibernate sets in, we seek cozy spaces and comforting dishes to fill our bellies with warmth. In the gourmand’s utopia on Division Street in Southeast Portland, Ava Gene’s is just the spot to linger for awhile.

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