Month: June 2016

Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich.

Lidia Bastianich on the Secrets to Running a Great Restaurant

Emmy award-winning TV host, best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur, Lidia Bastianich is no stranger to the food business. From working at a bakery in Queens, New York when she was just 14, to flipping pizzas on the Upper West Side after high school, to opening her first restaurant, Buonavia, in 1971, this hardworking entrepreneur has the kind of sweeping hands-on hospitality experience (and success) that makes her an uncontested expert in the field.

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Drink Your Vitamins With These 24 Fruit & Veggie Cocktails

Getting that daily dose of fruits and vegetables just got a whole lot easier this summer. Why choose between crunching on carrots or downing a cool daiquiri? You can have your berries and drink them, too! Across the country fruity drinks and veggie cocktails favorites are being shaken and stirred, with ingredients like coconut, celery, strawberries and more making star appearances right there in your glass.  

Photo provided by 25 Lusk.

4 Octopus Dishes We Love in Northern California

Lately, more and more octopus dishes have been cropping up on menus across the country. And it’s no surprise — when prepared well, these highly intelligent, somewhat mysterious creatures make for some delectable dishes. Both tender and hearty, this versatile seafood is perfectly at home mixed in with a variety of flavors and cuisines. Check out some of our favorite octopus renditions in and around San Francisco.

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4 Bangin’ Burrata Dishes in LA

Burrata, a farm-fresh cheese imported directly from Southern Italy, is one food trend we hope is here to stay. If you haven’t yet tried the cheesy delight, what on earth are you waiting for? Made from mozzarella and cream and meaning “buttery” in Italian, burrata has a smooth, soft texture and a subtle flavor that’s still rich and satisfying. Here are 4 bangin’ spots to get burrata in LA.

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BBQ Infographic: America’s Love Affair with Grilling

Nothing screams summer like a good old-fashioned barbecue. Warm weather has always meant prime season for firing up those backyard grills, but today, one of our favorite national pastimes — grilling — is quickly becoming a popular year-round activity. More and more Americans are discovering the flavor-inducing power of an open flame — the perfect excuse to throw everything from hotdog-and-hamburger tailgate parties to pineapple-and-kebab dinner soirees.