Posts with tag "Food"


My love Affair with Gelato!

Gelato, which is simply Italian for “frozen,” is god's gift to mankind or at least to me! While the "trend" right now is to eat Frozen Yogurt, I guess I am an old school gal or maybe my love for all things Italian, just can't keep me away from this delicious frozen treat.
If you are wondering what the difference between Gelato and ice cream is -  less air is added when making gelato than when making ice cream and gelato uses more milk, less cream and often adds egg yolks. So the ambrosial outcome is denser, with more intense flavor and—miraculously—less fat. The fact that it’s best served slightly soft, and not quite as cold as everyday ice cream, just makes it that much easier to enjoy.
When we were in Italy, my family and I made it a point to find gelaterias in the smallest of towns for our afternoon treat. Fragola (strawberry) was my seven year olds favorite while anything with chocolate, nuts or caramel was mine. My husband was the most adventurous and tried flavors like fig, amaretto, cantaloupe, all of which were amazing!
Here are some of our favorite finds in Italy.

La Carraia, Florence
Gelaterias in Italy:
Florence - Gelateria La Carraia
Milan - Shockolat
Capri - Buonocore Gelateria
San Gimignano - Gelateria di Piazza 
Venice - La Mela Verde
Rome - Tre Scalini

Other Noteworthy Gelaterias:
Berthillon, Paris
Paris - Berthillon
New York - Amorino
San Diego - Gelato Vero
Los Angeles - Al Gelato
Scottsdale - Amore
Palo Alto - Gelato Classico


My favorite Bay Area Restaurants.

I love good food but probably not as much as my husband loves it! He definitely brought the joy of eating to our family so I also have him to thank for all the pounds that I am constantly trying to shed 🙂
A perfect restaurant for me is a combination of great food, ambience and service so when I find that in a restaurant, I become a regular.
Having lived in the Bay Area for almost 19 years, we have many favorite places to go out for meals be it a date night, a night out with friends, a family dinner, Sunday brunch or just a coffee date. So here's my list of favorite restaurants by event, some are new and some have been around for a while. Check them out if you get a chance and tell me what you think.

Date Night 

Reposado: Mexican (Palo Alto)
Love their margaritas and blue corn crepas stuffed with crab, shrimp and red snapper! Yum.

Sent Sovi: Californian (Saratoga)
Sweet, romantic, excellent service and food.

Gary Danko: Contemporary (San Francisco)
Wow on all factors. Definitely try the tasting menu.

Boulevard: American with French Influence (San Francisco)
Excellent for foodies.

Dinner with Friends 

The Village Pub: American (Woodside)
Love their roast chicken (seasonal) and Hamburger.

Mamacita: Mexican (San Francisco)
Fun ambience, great margaritas, innovative menu.

Fresca: Peruvian (San Francisco)
Two locations. I am partial to the Filmore street location. Amazing Paella and Sangria. Guacamole and plantain chips are a great appetizer.

Le Colonial: French/Vietnamese (San Francisco)
Beautiful Restaurant. Interesting Menu

Flea Street Cafe: Californian (Menlo Park)
Best Margaritas. Love their Summer Organic Vegetarian Tasting.

Joya: Modern Latin (Palo Alto)
Their churros with hot chocolate sauce can't be missed.

Le Fondue: Swiss (Saratoga)
Fun, eclectic setting. Love the traditional cheese fondue the best.

Betelnut: Asian Fusion (San Francisco)
Yummy cocktails, fantastic menu, vibrant environment.

Evvia: Mediterranean (Palo Alto)
Their lamb chops are to die for!

Family Friendly 

Gambardellas: Italian (Menlo Park)
Especially like it in the summer as you can get a table outside and the kids can play in the courtyard with fountain and see the Caltrain go by!

Le Fondue: Swiss (Saratoga)
The activity of making fondue keeps the kids engaged and entertained

Benihana: Japanese Teppanyaki (Burlingame)
This location is great as you can see the airplanes taking off and landing from the tables near the window. Plus the concept of teppanyaki is always fun for kids. The chefs are very entertaining and really do a great job keeping the kids engaged.

Dutch Goose: American (Menlo Park)
Casual tavern setting, fabulous burgers, pool table and all the makings of a fun night.

Sunday Brunch 

Cafe Barrone: Menlo Park
Love their extensive choice of scrambled eggs. Amazing waffles and other great breakfast menu items. Fountain, courtyard setting and location next to a book store all make it appealing.

Empire Tap Room: Palo Alto
Lovely courtyard setting. Decent brunch menu.

Mistral: Redwood Shores
Located on the water. Sometimes have live music on Sundays. Great brunch menu.


Cafe Venezia (Palo Alto)
Best cappuccino and selection of desserts.

Cafe Coupa (Palo Alto)
Must try their Spicy Maya Hot Chocolate.

Cafe Barrone (Palo Alto)
Love their Frozen Mocha and Cafe Barrone.

Mayfield Bakery Cafe (Palo Alto)
Amazing hot chocolate with a giant marshmallow.


Time to detoxify!

An embellished life includes having a healthy lifestyle!
When you feel good, you automatically look good. And with summer around the corner and swimsuit season on the horizon, I was tempted to share some detoxifying foods compiled by reviewing multiple health websites and magazines. 
Most of us are aware of these foods but it doesn't hurt to get a quick reminder.
By incorporating these in your diet, you can increase energy, improve digestion and also lose weight!

Top 10 Detoxifying Foods

1. Lemons 

Lemon juice contains a number of alkalizing minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. It is also rich in vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that supports your immune system. Lemon juice is great for a detox because it stimulates bile production in your liver, helping your body to remove toxins more efficiently. 

2. Blueberries 

Blueberries rate very highly in antioxidant activity compared to other fruit. They contain potent antioxidants, named anthocyanins, that gives them that beautiful blue color. The anthocyanins protect your body from free radicals in your bloodstream, and can help your immune system to fight off serious diseases. Blueberries also help to stabilize blood glucose levels and can reduce belly fat. 

3. Garlic

Garlic is a powerful antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic. The vital sulphuric compounds garlic contains makes it an essential detoxifier.

4. Green Tea

Packed full of antioxidants, green tea not only washes toxins out of the system through its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, known to increase liver function.

5. Flaxseed

Ground flaxseeds provide a wonderful source of fibre that helps to bind and flush toxins from the intestinal tract. They're also a great source of health promoting omega 3 oils. 

6. Red Beets

Beets are full of vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene. They're also a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium -- all necessary to promote optimal detoxification and elimination.

7. Turmeric

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which gives it its yellow color. The rate at which your detox pathways function depends on your genes, your age, lifestyle and a good supply of nutrients involved in the detox process. Curcumin is used a lot in Ayurvedic Medicine to treat liver and digestive disorders.

8. Quinoa

This simple seed is a complete protein, and also boasts high calcium and lysine contents.

9. Green, Leafy Vegetables

Lightly diuretic, leafy greens, especially watercress and arugula, work with the liver to flush out toxins while their rich mineral content keeps you strong.

10. Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli contains important phytochemicals that are released when they're chopped, chewed, fermented, cooked or digested. The substances are released then break down into sulphorophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific effect on detoxification. 

And last but not least drink lots of water!!!!!! The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water so if you weigh 140lbs, drink 70 oz of water.