Elegant, but easy, holiday appetizers

Elegant, but easy, holiday appetizers

Appetizers have been around for a thousand years – probably longer. The ancient Romans ate small portions of various foods before a meal – eggs, olives, mussels, and more. The French enhanced the appetizer and called them hors d’oeuvres. Merriam-Webster.com defines hors d’oeuvres as “Any of various savory foods usually served as appetizers.” The definition […]

Create your own glittering Christmas wreath!

Create your own glittering Christmas wreath!

What do you think of when a homespun Christmas comes to mind? A crackling fire, the scent of baking cookies, a Christmas tree… a wreath? Wreaths are a festive sign of welcome – whether on doors or walls. Decorative wreaths have been in existence for centuries, as Romans used the laurel wreath to crown their […]

Tea Lane – A culinary window to the Victorian era

Tea Lane – A culinary window to the Victorian era

Sequestered in the leafy Jackson Square Courtyard is Tea Lane – a calm amidst the flurry where diners can delight in teas and cuisine reminiscent of Victorian England. Elaine Lasater and her husband, Terry, are the proprietors of this Fallbrook establishment. The décor takes on a Victorian flair with antiques, Victorian-inspired wall coverings, chandeliers and […]

Delicious fare served by students at the FHS Warrior Grille!

Delicious fare served by students at the FHS Warrior Grille!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, aromatic scents drift from Fallbrook High where students serve dinner to the public from 4:45 to 6 p.m. The school’s restaurant classes are part of the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), and are taught by instructor/chef Larry Koch who has a background in restaurant management with Aloha Restaurants. The program provides valuable […]

Inaugural Harvest Faire Pie Baking Contest a delicious success

Inaugural Harvest Faire Pie Baking Contest a delicious success

On Sunday, October 18, several talented bakers put some very tasty ingredients between pie crusts. There were fifteen entries in the First Annual Harvest Faire Pie Baking Contest; and the judges (who shall remain anonymous) had difficulty choosing the best. They were all delicious in their own right. The contest was open to both amateurs […]

A Tale of Two Chinatowns: San Francisco and Toronto

A Tale of Two Chinatowns: San Francisco and Toronto

Python skin-layered musical instruments, jujube mooncakes, and pagoda-style roofs – all this can be found in China. However, when venturing beyond the edge of the ordinary a little closer to home, I seek out the boldly eclectic Chinatown neighborhoods of San Francisco, California, or Toronto, Ontario. What is the lure of these two neighborhoods that […]