The people of New Orleans take their food seriously. They love food. They love to eat. They love to fry. And when it comes to frying, they do it better than anyone! It is just as easy to eat your way through New Orleans as it is to drink your way through it. And eat our way through it, we did! Here are some food highlights.
Entering the ornate gates of Clautiere Vineyard you quickly realize you are in for a different wine tasting experience. It starts the moment you drive by the bent steel fence and into the beautifully landscaped gardens with art that will make you smile. And it doesn’t stop there, once you step through the tasting room doors, you enter a winery tasting room that is playful, whimsical and friendly.
Clautiere Vineyard is named after its owners, Claudine Blackwell (aka Director of Fantasy) and Terry Brady (aka Director of Reality). Originally from Northern California, by way of Los Angeles, the couple bought the property in 1999 and today they have 57 acres planted with grapes. Dedicated to premium Rhône, Bordeaux and Port style wines, Clautiere is serious about their wine.
Read the full story from Wine Country This Month September 2012.
Nothing tastes better than food that is fresh off the farm. The colors and flavors are like nothing you get at a supermarket. So, while on a recent trip up the coast of California, we spent a couple days at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. While there, Sean Eastwood, chef de cuisine of Navio Restaurant, invited us for a Farm-to-Table day.
In the morning, we visited the Coastside Farmers Market, a farmer-directed Certifed Market designed to link Coastside residents with the Coastside farmers, ranchers, fishermen and culinary artisans for the past 10 years. All products are from within 20 miles of the market and many of these local farms are recovering varieties of fruits and vegetables which are disappearing.