Foodies at Father’s Office

What happens when foodies congregate for a farewell dinner at one of Los Angeles’ premier gastro-pubs? You get fodder worth writing about. This is the story of how I met KCRW’s Good Food host, Evan Kleiman, and Father’s Office chef and founder, Sang Yoon. Also, be sure to watch the video at the end of this post for a food and drink pairing from Sang Yoon which features a delectable finger food recipe.
Foodies at Father’s Office

Napa Valley Revisited

Selection
Auberge Du Soleil Chardonnay
Wine Pricing
Under $10 a glass
Second only to Disneyland, Napa Valley can be a California tourist trap. With ample planning, reservations, scheduling and a little bit of room for spontaneity, a Napa Valley weekend get-away can be rewarding as well as relaxing.
Napa Valley Revisited

Alicia Silverstone and Vegan Wine

Selection
Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée
This weekend, I felt like a TMZ photographer. I spent the day toting my Nikon DSRL around my alma mater, UCLA, whilst exploring the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books. When I found the Cooking Stage, I stuck it out long enough to get a great seat and a scorching sunburn. Even as I aloe myself right now, I still feel the free event was well worth it.
Alicia Silverstone and Vegan Wine

Wine and Friends

I went to Napa Valley on a mini-vacation. My friends and I headed up the Silverado Trail on a tasting adventure that led us to the resort-like grounds of sparkling wine giant, Mumm. We leisurely ended our day in the charming town of Yountville where we ate a late lunch at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon. As cheasy as it may sound, it made me realize that wine always pairs well with good company.
Wine and Friends

Easter Brunch with a Prosecco Mimosa Sunrise

Selection
La Vela Prosecco di Valdabbiadene
Wine Pricing
Under $10
I was not allowed to enjoy Easter in full glory this year because my mother was full of the gloom caused by the passing of my grandfather. Instead of braving the hot kitchen for hours to gather the whole family around an abundant dinner table, I was allowed to create a simple celebration of brunch.
Easter Brunch with a Prosecco Mimosa Sunrise

Cinnamon-Date Truffles and Merlot

Selection
2006 Santa Ema Reserve Merlot
Wine Pricing
Under $15
Recipe
Dark Chocolate Cinnamon-Date Truffles
Though not as ubiquitous as wine and cheese, chocolate and wine is a variation that can be romantic as well as healthful. The antioxidants in the dark chocolate pair well with the heart-healthy elements– such as resveratrol and the polyphenols– in the wine.
Cinnamon-Date Truffles and Merlot
Foodies at Father’s Office
Napa Valley Revisited
Alicia Silverstone and Vegan Wine
Wine and Friends
Easter Brunch with a Prosecco Mimosa Sunrise
Cinnamon-Date Truffles and Merlot