Monthly Archives: February 2009

Sobe Wine and Food Festival Day 1 – Tyler Florence Party

Day 1 of 2009's South Beach Wine and Food Festival ended with a Cruzan Rum after- party hosted by Food Network star Tyler Florence and presented by Modern Luxury Media. Food Fashionista was in the house enjoying delicacies including a refreshing Tuna, Salmon, Ponzu and Jalapeno "Crudo de Vito" prepared by Danny DeVito's, DeVito's South Beach and Oysters on the rocks by the Raleigh Hotel Restaurant and Bar on South Beach. Todd English and his new Ft. Laurderdale restaurant, da Campo Osteria at IL Lugano Hotel and were also on hand delighting guest's palates. We also loved the Truffle Orecchiette, Skake Salad, with Gorgonzola and Carmelized White Chocolate Marble from Chef Kurtiz Jantz of Trump International Resorts.

Enjoy these first hand photos from Thursday evening's events above with much more coverage of this weekend's culinary filled festivities to come…

***FULL COVERAGE OF DAYS 2-4 WILL BE UP THIS NEXT WEEK**** Food Fashionista also needs her beauty sleep folks, so in the meantime, follow me on Twitter to find the latest updates of this weekend's Fabulous Food Filled festivites! XOXO

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Vegas Uncorked presented by Bon Appetit May 7 – 10, 2009

Vegas Uncorked
Vegas uncorked

For those who can't make it to Food Network's Sobe Wine & Food Festival which starts today and runs through Sunday, I highly recommend a trip to Las Vegas in early May for Vegas Uncorked presented by Bon Appetit. Some of the culinary world's stars which will be in attendance include Daniel Boulud, Joel Robuchon, Todd English, Julian Serrano, Guy Savoy, Michael Mina, Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and Barbara Fairchild. Need I say more? With Vegas hotels and flights to Vegas at rock bottom these days, how can one resist. This I guarantee will be a sure bet!

For more information visit Vegas Uncorked

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The Bazaar by Jose Andres’ Receives 4 Stars


The Bazaar by Jose Andres received a 4 star review from the L.A. times yesterday. Whether you agree with it or not, the video above is a definite must see. Chef Andres is a culinary sorcerer of sorts and creates food that is magical molecular gastronomy. Check out the video above, read the entire four star review at, and feel free to share your thoughts…

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Sobe Wine and Food Festival 2/19-2/22 – Tickets still left


Food Network's Sobe Wine and Food Festival is just a little over a day away, but you still have a chance to snag some coveted tickets to many of the premier food festival's sizzling events. Some of these include:

  • Wine and Comfort Food Pairing Seminar Hosted by Andrea Robinson and Art Smith

(hello…Oprah's Personal Chef!)

  • Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village

(a festival Highlight not to be missed)

  • Taste Wine like a Master Sommelier

(Who couldn't use some of this?)

  • Perrier Jouet BubbleQ hosted by Tom Colicchio and friends

(forget the Television, this is Top Chef Live Baby!)

  • Oscar Night SoBe-Style hosted by Bobby Flay and Stephanie March

(Do the Oscar's get any better than this?)


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Jacques Torres Chocolates

Jacques torres chocolate

Jacques Torres is an award winning James Beard Pastry Chef of the Year, frequently seen on the Today Show and the Food Network. Chef Torres serves as Dean of Pastry Studies at New York’s French Culinary Institute. He has also opened his pastry kitchen at Le Cirque to aspiring students and shared his passion for the art of pastry.

Shop Jacques Torres Chocolates online or at the following New York locations:

Jacques Torres Chocolate – Brooklyn
66 Water Street (Between Dock & Main Streets)
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Open Mon – Sat 9:00am – 7:00pm, Sundays 10:00am – 6:00pm

Jacques Torres Chocolate – Hudson Street
350 Hudson at King Street (1 block South of Houston)
New York, New York 10014
Open Mon – Sat 9:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

Jacques Torres Chocolate – Amsterdam Avenue
285 Amsterdam (between 73/74th Streets)
New York, New York 10023
Open Mon – Sat 10:00am – 8:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

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Nancy Silverton’s Chopped Salad Recipe

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Nancy Silverton of Mozza

Nancy Silverton is one incredible woman. She has seven cookbooks out with the most recent being "Twist of the Wrist" released in 2007. In 1989 she opened Campanile and the adjacent La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles with Mark Peel and Manfred Krankl. In 1990, Silverton was awarded the prestigious Pastry Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. In 2006 and 2007 respectively, Silverton opened the crowd favorite Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Food Fashionista is a big fan of Nancy's culinary ventures and from the pic above, we also love her festive sense of style out of the kitchen.

Nancy's Chopped Salad

MAKE VINAIGRETTE: Add juice, zest, olive oil, sugar, salt & white pepper in a plastic deli cup. Cover with plastic lid and shake well. Chill.

MAKE PISTOU: Add olive oil with garlic to blender and blend well. Add basil and puree. Do not over blend or it will turn brown.

ASSEMBLY: Mix the crab carefully with a pinch of each chopped herb, 1 tablespoon of well-mixed lemon vinaigrette. Season with a pinck of salt to taste.

Divide the crab into thirds and place the crab on a chilled plate.

Cut avocado in half- remove pit and outer rind. Slice thinly and carefully flatten with your hand. Lift up enough slices to cover each crab mound with a small spatula.

Lightly sprinkle dish with additional lemon vinaigrette. Garnish with pink peppercorns, pistou and micro basil or finely chopped herbs.


2 TBSP lemon juice

4 OZ red wine vinegar

12 TBSP dried oregano plus extra for garnish

1 garlic cloves, microplaned

1 garlic clove, smashed whole

2 C extra- virgin olive oil

2 TSP kosher salt

1/4 TSP fresh black pepper


1 HEAD iceberg, core removed, julienned

1 HEAD radicchio, core removed, juilenned

2 C chickpeas

1 LB provolone (preferable aged), sliced thick, then cut into ribbons

1 red onion, peeled, halved at the cored, julienned

4 pepperoncini, sliced thin into rings, discarding the stem

2 TSP kosher salt

2 PINT of sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, halved, lightly seasoned with salt

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Town Hall Restaurant – San Francisco

town hall restaurant

Shadi & I enjoying lunch at Town Hall

Sometimes you just never know what is right around the corner. One of the main reasons I love San Francisco is the food, yes folks THE FOOD! Everywhere you turn, around every corner, street, or neighborhood, San Francisco is populated with places serving excellent cuisine. At every price point, at all times of the day, I just love being hungry in San Francisco.

jalapeno corn bread town hall restaurant

Warm Jalapeno Corn Bread

Today my friend Shadi from Young's Market and I were trying to figure out where to meet for lunch. With so many options in so many diverse neighborhoods, it was a challenging decision. After going back and forth, Shadi suggested Town Hall and I well.. uhhh…hesitated at first because although I had a very nice dinner there when it first opened back in 2004, it didn't seem like a place where I was visualizing spending my leisurely lunch break on this rare 70 degree early February day in San Francisco. I was picturing suits and my old corporate life which tends to fill the place up during the lunch scene, and I wasn't quite having a taste for that on this vacation-esque day. I do love the SOMA neighborhood, and hadn't visited Town Hall in a while, so I came to a consensus with Shadi, and Town Hall became our winning choice for lunch.

Fried Oyster Sandwich Town Hall

Fried Oysters on Texas Toast

The restaurant was bustling and all tables were filled so we made ourselves at home at the bar. Our bartender was fabulous and always had a smile on his face with the utmost professionalism. The service was spot on. The meal was absolutely incredible and I was so satisfied. We ordered the Warm Jalapeno Corn Bread which melted in your mouth and arrived in an iron mini corn shaped griddle. I loved the visual. I ordered the Fried Oyster Sandwich on Texas Toast with lettuch and tomatoes which was so delectable. I enjoyed how the oysters, although fried were not at all greasy. The sandwich came with a side of slaw and potato chips. Shadi ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken atop of a Caesar Salad and by the look of his empty plate, it was a scrumptious choice.

Town Hall Restaurant Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Salad

One bite of the cuisine at Town Hall, and I forgot all about corporate life and felt as if I were on vacation somewhere lovely right in the good ol' South. It was a fantastic choice for lunch and I am looking forward to my next dinner there hopefully very soon. Chef's Mitch and Steven Rosenthal, along with Doug Washington and their staff make Town Hall a great choice for lunch or dinner with some mighty fine cooking and comparable southern hospitality style service.

There is no valet parking, so either take a cab, park in a nearby lot or take your chances with the metered street parking.

Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30 am- 2:30 pm.
Dinner: Sunday- Thursday 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Friday and Saturday 5:30 pm- 11pm.

Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415 908 3900

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