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Country singer Martina McBride performs at  Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California

Country singer Martina McBride performs at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California


It’s concert season again at Wente Vineyards, where the 27th annual summer series of exciting alfresco shows is now under way.

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Bibimbap Backpackers

on July 12th, 2013
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Bibimbap, a signature Korean dish

This version of the signature Korean dish bibimbap was made with corn flakes

 


PSY recently put South Korea on the charts with his worldwide pop hit “Gangnam Style.” Now he’s trying to put South Korean food on the map as well.

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by Sophie Gayot

 

We hear all the time: “Don’t just lay on the couch watching television!” But tomorrow, you should definitely take the time to watch “Live Big with Ali Vincent” on the Live Well Network.

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Wild Cupcakes

on June 30th, 2013
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by Sophie Gayot


Hollis Wilder is my favorite kind of warrior: the chef is the three-time winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”. If you indulge in her creations like I have, “cupcake” will take on a whole different meaning. She ingeniously transformed a smoked salmon egg salad into a delicious savory cupcake which helped her win Season 1 in 2009. This year, she won Season 8 with her jalapeño popper. She even makes ratatouille cupcakes!


Watch my video interview with her to get an exclusive preview of her new book Savory Bites: Meals You Can Make in Your Cupcake Pan. The cookbook contains ninety nine recipes that will help you achieve savory happiness.

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Assorted pastries amid a spectacular view of San Francisco

Assorted pastries amidst a spectacular view of the city at SF Chef’s kickoff party


For a week during the peak of every summer, SF Chefs lets Northern California’s top chefs work their magic for food lovers from all over the world at a series of classes, cooking demonstrations, special meals, blind tastings, competitions, panel discussions, gala parties and other wildly popular events throughout San Francisco. Although the much-awaited festival is still a month away, the SF Chefs kickoff party thrown on June 25th on the 36th floor of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco provided a sneak peek at what we can expect to see (and eat and drink) once the official fun begins on July 28.

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Leopold’s Ice Cream

on June 25th, 2013
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Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins and Stratton Leopold of Leopold's Ice Cream

Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins and Stratton Leopold of Leopold’s Ice Cream


by Patricia Mack


Ask wife Mary and she will tell you that Stratton Leopold has a passion for washing soda fountain glasses, be it at home or work at the nearly century-old Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah, GA.


He also has a passion for making movies.


Leopold, when he’s not creating spectacular banana splits or hand-dipping double scoops of mocha chocolate chip ice cream into cones for patrons who line up daily out the door of the little ice cream parlor/lunch shop, is a freelance Hollywood producer and former executive vice president of production at Paramount Pictures. He has also worked as an actor, casting director, executive and production manager during his long and successful career. Among his recent projects are “Parker,” “Captain America: the First Avenger” and “Mission: Impossible III.”

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Sean Baker (pictured center), executive chef at Gather

Sean Baker (pictured center), executive chef at Gather


by Anneli Rufus


Fish-sauce-glazed Berkshire pork belly with roasted kumquats and kimchi. Verbena-and-chamomile-poached sea bream collar with pear and celery. These are dishes to show off with.


But showing off was the
raison d’être of StarChefs.com’s 2013 San Francisco Bay Area Rising Stars Awards ceremony and gala, held June 13 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

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The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods

By Olivia Dupin

(Fair Winds Press, 2013)

The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods by Olivia Dupin

The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods by Olivia Dupin


Naturally Gluten-Free Foods approaches going gluten-free with enthusiasm. People who have to avoid this wheat protein for health reasons, not because it’s a trendy weight-loss approach, will be happy to find simple recipes for familiar foods which are, as the title promises, naturally sans gluten. So you won’t need obscure health food store ingredients or expensive, hard-to-find substitutions.


The book begins with the story of author Olivia Dupin’s own struggle with gluten intolerance and an explanation of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Several chapters offer practical information, including descriptions of symptoms, lists of foods to avoid and lists of naturally gluten-free foods, as well as suggestions for handling various tricky situations – from cravings to social awkwardness – and clarifications about terminology that kitchen beginners may not recognize.

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Tru Alka is an alkaline water with a pH of 9-10

Go Alkaline with Tru Alka


by Julia Mason


Alkaline water — also known as “high pH” water — has recently become increasingly popular as a wellness trend, in part thanks to “alkaline diet” devotees such as Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow.


The basic premise of the “alkaline movement” is that the consumption of beverages and foods with a low acid content – meaning a higher pH level – can boost the immune system by neutralizing acid in the body. While the human body is naturally alkaline, a diet high in meat, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods can radically increase the amount of acid in the blood. This stresses out the digestive system and promotes inflammation, which can lead to disease.

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House cured salmon with honey dill mustard

House cured salmon with honey dill mustard


by Cara Trump


We’ve been a fan of Stefan’s at L.A. Farm in Santa Monica since its launch almost four years ago. Chef Stefan Richter opened his restaurant after competing on season 5 of “Top Chef,” in which he was a runner-up. Monday night, we had the opportunity to sample his delicious new menu for summer 2013, as chef Stefan mingled with guests and posed for photos.

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