cinco de mayo giveaway

New Del Real Party In  A Box complete with cooler tote and soft blanket!

New Del Real Party Box giveaway – complete with cooler tote and soft blanket!

Want to have a Mexican fiesta with a few of your friends for Cinco De Mayo compliments of Del Real Foods? I’m giving away one of these Party Boxes to one lucky person. All you have to do is follow me on Instagram or Twitter, find my picture of Tacos Al Pastor and use the hashtag #delrealfoods in the comments. The winner will be selected at random on May 5th and Del Real Foods will ship the Party Box straight to your front door!

 

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in California, Del Real Foods is a family business committed to preserving the rich gastronomy and traditions of Central Mexico. Designed to satisfy all palates and promote healthy eating, Del Real Foods refrigerated products offer authentic taste, using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and cooked with traditional methods for an enhanced dining experience among family and friends.

 Del Real Foods refrigerated products include Carnitas, Barbacoa, Tamales, Seasoned Shredded Beef, Shredded Chicken and much more.
 

Del Real Foods products are based on the following pillars:
● Authenticity: the family strives to create deliciously simple products based on traditional recipes infused with Mexican culture and bold colors. Prepared in an industrial, home kitchen, the products will provide comfort and familiarity.

● Healthy People: cooked with a safe open-kettle method, the products are made with the freshest, ingredients, most of which are locally sourced. Once prepared, they are ready to enjoy. The products are also gluten free and do not contain any trans fats.
● Healthy planet and better communities: the company has adopted sustainable initiatives including wastewater management and recycling to help the environment. Del Real Foods has also sponsored local sporting events and made donations to local communities to contribute to their improvement.

 

For more information, visit: http://www.delrealfoods.com/

the savior

The Savior Cup is a great way to redeem a lousy bottle of wine!

The Savior Cup is a great way to redeem a lousy bottle of wine!

You know when you take a chance on a reasonably priced white wine you’ve never heard of before only to be woefully disappointed by your spontaneous decision making? Well I have this happen quite often. It got me to wondering, how can I save this bottle of wine. The obvious is to use it for cooking, but adding shitty wine to a nice dinner is not the wisest thing to do when you’ve put all that time and effort into a meal. Finally, the other day I came up with a way to revitalize your shitty wine. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you – The Savior.

The Savior is not a cocktail but rather a “cup” because it is based on wine. “Cup. A beverage made with wine, usually iced, and with flavoring herbs.” – Francis Andrew March 1906

The Savior Cup
1 ounce ginger liqueur
3 ounces sauvignon blanc
1.5 ounces soda water
ice
garnish with cucumber, ginger and lemon or orange wheel.

Add the cucumber and ginger to the cup first. Next add the ice followed by the citrus wheel. Then poor the remaining ingredients over the citrus wheel. Its really that simple. Enjoy!

spicy pomelo punch

Spicy pomelo punch

Spicy pomelo punch

It’s that time of the year for huge juicy pomelos! The obvious thing to do would be to make a pomelo paloma especially if you like tequila. I decided to do something a little different. Here’s the recipe I came up with yesterday thats a bit more unusual but super delicious!

spicy pomelo punch
1 small sprig of rosemary (leaves only)
2 dashes crushed red pepper flakes
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fine white sugar
2 ounces dry gin
2 ounces fresh pomelo juice

Place all of the ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled and combined. Strain using a hawthorne strainer and fine mesh strainer into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with pomelo slice and rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

l’amande french bakery

I was recently treated to a tasting of the many offerings at L’Amande French Bakery in Beverly Hills. All I can say is this place is legit! From baguettes to pastries, hot sandwiches to cold and salads to deserts, L’Amande provides traditional French cafe dishes along with boulangerie specialties. The croissants are truly special requiring 72 hours of preparation to produce the perfectly thin, buttery, flakey layers. Don’t believe me? Check out these pics!

cinroll

Escargots aux fruits.

Cute, clean, modern interior with images of Paris and music to match.

Cute, clean, modern interior with images of Paris and music to match.

Pistachio croissant!

Pistachio croissant!

Papillote - flakey light crust with sweet fruit filling.

Papillote – flakey light crust with sweet fruit filling.

Specialty of the month - lavender scone with lemon custard spread. Yum!

Specialty of the month – lemon lavender scone with lemon custard spread. Yum!

Lavender scone.

Lemon lavender scone.

Super legit baguette - crusty on the outside/cloud like interior.

Super legit baguette – crusty on the outside/cloud like interior.

Perfectly prepared Croque Madame.

Perfectly prepared Croque Madame.

Quite possibly the best hot chocolate I've ever had and the only one prepared table-side!

Quite possibly the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had and the only one prepared table-side!

L’Amande French Bakery
9530 S Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 734-8922

2553 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 326-8980

persimmon 75

Use a persimmon to completely change the flavor of a French 75!

Use a persimmon to completely change the flavor of a French 75!

Yummy persimmons are available in abundance at local farmer’s markets. I thought I’d put them to use this week and try a few experiments. Here’s an easy tipple that you can make by substituting the lemon juice in a French 75 with muddled persimmon. Persimmons are highly underrated – this is a great drink!

2 teaspoons fine white sugar
1 persimmon
1 ounce dry gin
3 ounces brut champagne or other dry sparkling wine

In a shaker, muddle 1 diced persimmon and sugar. Add the gin and a bunch of ice and shake vigorously. Strain using a Hawthorne strainer into a chilled goblet. Add 3 ounces of sparkling wine and garnish with a persimmon. Enjoy!