Barefoot Contessa’s Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits  

Bone Appétit! Barefoot Contessa’s Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits As some of you may know, we have two Pembroke Welsh corgis named Frankie and Remi.  They are brother and sister from the same litter.  We adopted them when they were two years old. They are joyful and exuberant (although they were quite tired on that long drive home seven years ago). As seen in this Vanity Fair piece, corgis are Queen Elizabeth’s favorite dog. They are also super smart and athletic.  Because they are herding dogs, they need to be kept busy.  We have taken many agility classes over the years and even once took them to a ranch in Malibu to herd sheep.  That experience set us back … Read more…

Borough Market Cheese Toastie

Say “Cheese!” Borough Market Cheese Toastie Main Course Having recently returned from our London / Scotland holiday (trip report coming soon!), we were in the mood for the delicious cheese toastie we had at the Kappacasein Stall at the Borough Market in London on a previous trip.  We tried this sandwich on our first excursion to London in 2013.  Tom liked it more than I did, but I changed my mind after trying it again last month.                              Biting into the crunchy, toasted cheese goodness, I realized the addition of leeks and onions made for sheer perfection.  As you can see, Tom’s eating manners have not improved in the past four years. The sign hanging over the Kappacasein stall…          … Read more…

Red Herring – Eagle Rock, CA

Following A Red Herring Red Herring – Eagle Rock, CA Visited: April 2017 Restaurant Type: New American With so many interesting restaurants opening up these days, it’s difficult to decide which ones to try.  Through word of mouth, Tracy and I heard numerous positive comments about the great food being served in Eagle Rock at a place called Red Herring, so on a rather balmy Sunday evening we made the short trek to meet our friends Paul and Susan from Silver Lake. Red Herring opened in the autumn of 2016 in the space formerly occupied by Petite Beaujolais and is led by the husband and wife team of Chef Dave Woodall (formerly of Blair’s Restaurant in Silver Lake and Mélisse … Read more…

Arlington Garden – Pasadena

Pasadena’s Dedicated Public Garden Arlington Garden – Pasadena Last Visited: April 2017 On a beautiful Sunday morning in Pasadena (and aren’t they all), our corgis were feeling a bit restless. Luckily, we live very near to one of Pasadena’s beautiful hidden secrets, Arlington Garden, a three-acre site that also happens to be Pasadena’s only dedicated public garden. With thoughts of birds, bees and butterflies dancing in their heads, we packed the “kids” in the car and we were off on our Sunday morning corgi adventure. In 2005, Arlington Garden founders Betty and Charles McKenney, along with its designer, Mayita Dinos, received inspiration for this garden after reading Jan Smithen’s book Sun-Drenched Gardens: The Mediterranean Style. The garden is located between … Read more…

Nick’s – Long Beach & Laguna Beach, CA

In The Nick’s Of Time Nick’s on Second – Long Beach, CA Nick’s Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, CA Visited: March & April 2017 Restaurant Type: California Comfort Food…with a flair Well, you know what they say, “Two Nick’s is better than one!”   In the past couple of months we have visited Nick’s on Second in Long Beach for dinner and Nick’s Laguna Beach for lunch.   They both have a lot in common; the food was out of this world, the service was impeccable and they served a deviled egg that we still dream about to this day. Our first Nick’s experience took us to Long Beach on a balmy Sunday evening.  Even with sunset dinner reservations at 6 … Read more…

The Bunny Museum – Altadena

Hoppy Days Are Here Again! The Bunny Museum – Altadena Thanks to their adoration of everything bunny, Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski have taken hare raising to a new level. What started as a gesture of love by two people exchanging bunny gifts has turned into the largest collection of bunny paraphernalia in the world. The couple recently re-located from their home in Pasadena and reopened The Bunny Museum on North Lake Avenue in Altadena.  The museum houses 34,000+ bunny items.  Yes, you read that number correctly (well, you know how rabbits multiply).                                                                It all started innocently enough when the two were dating. In 1993, Steve gave Candace a large, stuffed white rabbit for Valentine’s Day. I wondered if … Read more…

Greystone Mansion & Gardens – Beverly Hills

Intrigue, Scandal, Ghosts & Deaths In The Mansion Greystone Mansion & Gardens – Beverly Hills Visited:  April 2017 Lights!  Camera!  Murder!  The historic Greystone Mansion & Gardens, nestled above Beverly Hills, which is now primarily used for private events, weddings and filming, has a history that includes scandals, at least six deaths and is even rumored to be haunted.  In addition, it’s also been the venue for dozens of movies and television shows. My kind of place!  (Two photos below are courtesy of the City of Beverly Hills.)                                        Tracy and I visited on April Fools Day and took the Ranger Tour.  Throughout the years, I have … Read more…

Chapter Eighteen – Last Tango In Paris

Chapter Eighteen – Last Tango In Paris Day Eighteen – The InTents Place de la Concorde, I’m Thinking Here, Sac It To Me, Canal Zone, Master Locks, Where’s The Beef, I’m Here For The Soup, Mai Tai Tracy’s Kitchen Suffers A Setback, Dinner Outside My Comfort Zone, The CDG Macaron Thief, No Oxygen Required and Final Thoughts We woke up early realizing this would be our last day in France, and for the fourth consecutive day the weather in Paris was our best friend.   After a much needed coffee and pastry, it was back on the metro and before you could say “I really need another Pain au Chocolat,” we were standing on the Pont de la Concorde, looking out … Read more…

Chapter Seventeen – Nous Visitons Deux Châteaux Marveilleux

Chapter Seventeen – Nous Visitons Deux Châteaux Marveilleux Day Seventeen – Why Are My Legs So Sore, Picture Perfect Morning, Hop On The Bus, André Le Nôtre’s Park, Don’t Overshadow The King, The Man In The Iron Mask?, Another Incredible Chateau, Versailles Moves To Third Place, What A Backyard, Where’s The Bus? and MaiTaiTom & MaitaiTracy’s Favorite Parisian Restaurant Yesterday’s 12 miles of walking had its effect on my legs as we started an early morning stroll through the Garden of the Two Larrys.  We were there early because we had a 9:15 bus to catch. And what a gorgeous morning it was! Tracy and I shot a few photos and then headed over to the ParisCityVision office to catch … Read more…

Mom’s Grasshopper Pie

Patience Grasshopper Mom’s Grasshopper Pie Dessert Grasshopper Pie is one of Tom’s childhood favorite desserts.  I make it for him every year on his birthday.  Today, we roll it out early in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, not because it’s Irish, but because it’s green! The easiest way to make this pie is with a 9” pre-made chocolate crumb crust.  However, I find those pre-made crusts aren’t really deep enough to hold the entire recipe.  Not to mention, the tin foil pan does not make for an appetizing picture. For today’s pie, I made the pie crust on the side of the box of Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers. This is an old-school minty chocolate delicious dessert that will have your … Read more…