A Trio of Maui Restaurants

MAUI, HAWAII – On a recent trip here, I had a chance to check out three restaurants: one that lets you get up close and personal with the chef; another that opened only two months ago; and a third spearheaded by a “Top Chef” fan favorite. The visit and meals were all courtesy of the Maui Visitors Bureau. The Chef’s ...more

You Never Know What You’ll Turn Up in Hawaii

Like Neon-Red Hot Dogs Yes, hot dogs the very unnatural color of atomic red are a thing in Hawaii. Think of them as the red velvet cake of hot dogs. You can find them in packages in the supermarkets, atop musubi or nestled into buns ....more

Meet Chocolate Butter Mochi — Your New BFF

Ever since discovering the joys of butter mochi on a trip to Honolulu a few years ago, I’ve become rather obsessed with it. Made with copious amounts of butter, eggs, whole milk or condensed milk, what’s not to adore? It bakes up so easily into buttery, bouncy brilliance, too ....more

A Taste of Paradise on Maui

MAUI, HAWAII – In seven days on this tropical paradise, one can do major damage to the waistline. So much for that Speedo or bikini bod. I can practically live on nothing but poke and papaya when I visit Hawaii ....more

Tantalizing Tastes From the 8th Annual Maui County Ag Fest

MAUI, HAWAII – Despite its rich soil and tropical, year-round growing season, Hawaii actually imports about 90 percent of its food. To promote a growing trend toward locavorism, the Maui County Farm Bureau has hosted its Maui County Ag Festival for the past eight years. For the fourth time, I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest ...more

A Visit to the Kogi Truck at LAX

LOS ANGELES, CA — Flying from the Bay Area to Maui is a long trek, even in the best of circumstances on a nonstop flight. So, my husband and I might have been a bit cranky two weeks ago at the thought of having to suffer through a layover in Los Angeles — if not for one delightful development ....more

A Taste of Luxe at Alexander’s Patisserie

From the lighted, jewelry-like display cases to the tony, studded white leather wingbacks to the French marble tabletops, Alexander’s Patisserie oozes luxury. The patisserie, which opened last year in downtown Mountain View, is by the team behind Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino and San Francisco, and The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto. Executive Pastry Chef Dries Delanghe honed ...more

The Big, Bold Flavors of Shrimp Tamarind

For weeknights especially, I’m always on the hunt for recipes that promise big bang for the buck. Not necessarily economically. Though, that’s always a plus, too ....more

Join the Food Gal and Chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen for A Macy’s Cooking Demo

Orchard City Kitchen in the Pruneyard in Campbell is one of the most exciting new restaurants to open in the South Bay in awhile. If you haven’t yet discovered its many charms — eclectic small plates and a killer craft cocktail program — or managed to snag a table, as it’s that popular now, you enjoy a taste of what ...more

Roasted Asparagus Soup to Feed the Mind and Tummy

In today’s harried world, there’s a lot to be said for eating foods that nourish our body and our brain. Wellness chef and speaker, Rebecca Katz, certainly thinks so. Her cookbook,“The Healthy Mind Cookbook” (Ten Speed Press), of which I received a review copy, includes more than 120 recipes designed to optimize brain health, boost memory, improve your mood ...more