Wednesday, September 11, 2019

We’re Real Cheese People®

In partnership with Sargento



Remember when you were a kid and summer break felt like forever? Today as a parent, it doesn’t seem long enough, does it? I can’t believe back-to-school season is already here and with it comes all the fun and exciting things like buying new school supplies, finding out who the teacher or teachers will be, signing up for events, and trying not to be THAT doting parent at the school play (I tend to bring all my camera equipment like I’m filming a documentary!) It’s a fun season, school, parenting, all of it - especially seeing it through the eyes of my son.

And one of the most fun parts for me, is seeing his tastes for food evolve each year. And even though we’ve gone from being a picky eater to venturing out and trying new foods, one thing remains the same, his love for Sargento® cheese! Now I know, this is probably the part where you say, “Yeah, but this is a sponsored post,” and I get that. But the main reason I’m partneringwith Sargento is because we genuinely love this cheese and have been buying it for years - yes, long before I even started this blog over a decade ago! That’s because We’re Real Cheese People® and Sargento is real cheese that tastes so good!



As a parent, (and a food blogger), it makes me nervous that I can’t control all the factors of my son’s life while he’s at school. But when he comes home, I know that I can set up an environment that promotes fun and a healthy diet with his favorite snack, Sargento® cheese! He loves the taste of it! And it’s one of the reasons we buy it, the other being that it’s real, natural cheese, not process cheese. As a foodie, I definitely appreciate that! But we’re not just chowing
down on slices of cheese, although that’s not to say we don’t do that either.

As you can probably tell from my Instagram, I love to cook burgers! One of the fun ways I get my son involved in the kitchen is by making sliders. I’ve learned that smaller, handheld foods make it more appealing to him at this age. So we pick up our groceries after school and come home to make “monster” sliders. No, they’re not big in size, they actually resemble little monsters! We use different ingredients to make the eyes and mouth, but in the end it’s just a great tasting cheeseburger made with our favorite, Sargento® Colby Cheese. I highly recommend the Colby, as it melts so perfectly well, resulting in the most delicious cheeseburger ever!

It’s moments like these with my son, when we’re just making food fun, easy, and delicious with the ingredients that he loves, that makes life as a parent so rewarding. And as someone who wants to make sure his kid is eating well and loving it at the same time, I know I can rely on Sargento® slices to deliver on taste while knowing that it’s natural cheese.. Trust me, you’ll want to make fun and inspiring foods with your kids using Sargento® cheese and you’ll be thankful for these moments.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

5 Places to Eat at LA Waterfront This Summer

in partnership with LA Waterfront | Port of Los Angeles

Photography copyrighted to Eddie Sanchez
For some Los Angelenos, San Pedro and Wilmington may seem like an arduous trip to the Southern Hemisphere, especially if you're in the Valley or anywhere north of Wilshire. But is it really that far? I've driven it many times from the Westside, most recently when Cirque du Soleil was in town for Amaluna at the LA Waterfront and I have to say, it was closer than we make it out to be and it has some great eateries too!

You may have heard that LA Waterfront in San Pedro will be the newest exciting waterside destination for food, entertainment, and recreation. And while the project is currently underway and slated for a 2021 unveiling, you can still take advantage of the best places to eat in San Pedro and LA Waterfront. Here's my list of recommendations of tried and true spots for food and drink at LA Waterfront.





SAN PEDRO FISH MARKET



I don't believe you can go to the LA Waterfront and not visit the iconic San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant. Established in 1956, this 3,000 seat, seafood lover's dream is located right on the San Pedro waterfront serving legendary shrimp trays loaded with fresh fish and prepared on the plancha (griddle) along with potatoes, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and the Fish Market's special seasoning. Once you receive your weighty cafeteria tray full of delicious shrimp, crab, lobster, tilapia, squid, and whatever else your heart desires from the fresh seafood counter at the front, you grab a seat with your friends by the pier and dive into your meal family-style while the live mariachi trio plays song requests in a fun and friendly crowd of families and foodies sipping on micheladas. It's a true LA experience and the best part is that they're open 365 days a year! Yes, even on Holidays! 

Pro tip: Don't forget to order the grilled garlic bread - you'll want to sop up all that goodness from your tray with it. 


Custom shrimp tray with crab legs crawfish, squid, shrimp, and whole fried tilapia. 

San Pedro Fish Market 
1190 Nagoya Way 
San Pedro, CA 90731
310.832.4251




PAPPY'S SEAFOOD



Anchored in San Pedro's historic Downtown district, Pappy's takes up residence in what used to be San Pedro's original post office. The high ceiling, exposed brick, and cathedral windows all come together accented by the brass finishings and nautical themed colors - think mahogany wood, navy blues with red splashes of color. The restaurant is by the same folks as The Albright - so you know the seafood will be legit. 

At the helm of the kitchen is Daniel Myers who is serving up fresh caught fish (literally was picking up a huge sea bass from the San Pedro dock the day I came to visit). From the menu, you should definitely order the fan favorites like Peruvian ceviche, lobster roll, and the most incredible fish & chips. But if you're a landlubber, the house-ground burger is the way to go! They use an equal blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib to produce a juicy burger for those wanting something meatier than a poke bowl. Also, Pappy's is one of the best places at LA Waterfront for drinks with a very impressive craft cocktail program and unique in-house specialty drinks like a hibiscus Arnold Palmer. 


"The Cheeseburger" - cheddar cheese, house ketchup, garlic aioli, tomato, shredded romaine, red onion.
Pappy's
301 W. 6th Street 
San Pedro, CA 90731
424.224.5444
www.pappysseafood.com




SENFUKU JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI



When I think of sushi, I don't think of those trendy club-like places that serve outrageously over-the-top rolls named after reality stars from Real House Wives or the Kardashians - (I can't picture myself ordering the "the Kanye Roll"). So, instead I look for that simple and sincere sushi spot that is only interested in making fresh, innovative, and delicious sushi like Senfuku in San Pedro. Master sushi chef, Yoshi, is the reason you are here. With decades of making sushi from only the freshest ingredients at this humble location - Yoshi prides himself in every dish that comes from his hand to your plate. Senfuku is a staple at LA Waterfront catering to locals and visitors alike wanting to quench their cravings for one of the best bites in the city - the exclusive Shrimp Boat created by Yoshi himself. The dish consists of two butterflied poached shrimp resting atop a pillow of sushi rice, topped with tobiko (smelt eggs), quail eggs, scallion, lemon-soy sauce and a touch of sriracha. Don't leave without ordering this!


Shrimp Boat - Butterflied poached shrimp, sushi rice, tobiko (smelt eggs), quail eggs, scallion, lemon-soy sauce and a touch of sriracha. 

Senfuku Japanese Restaurant & Sushi
380 W. 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
310.832.5585
www.instagram.com/senfukujapanese/




MARINA CAFE



So you're in the mood for breakfast? Hit up Marina Cafe in Wilmington. Not only is it a cool, little diner by the docks with a water view, the breakfast fare is worth the trip alone. Hangover cures like menudo (weekends only), breakfast burrito, and chilaquiles are solid but what you're wanting to order is the old school diner-style pancakes that are as fluffy as pillows. Pair them with a no-frills-just-a-good-ol cup of coffee and you just had the perfect morning. 




Marina Cafe
720 Peninsula Rd.
Wilmington, CA 90744
310.847.1299
www.marinacafewilmingtonshores.com



BROUWERIJ WEST





In 2016 Brouwerij West tapped into the former space of a Port of Los Angeles Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II and transformed it into the brewery/tasting room with outdoor courtyard/beer garden that it is today. The tap room is open 7 days a week, offering a large range of styles to appease the most demanding Cicerones with Belgian-style ales and pilsners at the forefront. Try their famous Blackberry Saison, "Dog Ate My Homework" for a unique offering. The huge space has food trucks on a regular schedule but you're more than welcomed to bring your own food - perhaps from the previously mentioned spots above. Cheers!



Brouwerij West
110 East 22nd Street Warehouse 9 
San Pedro, CA 90731
310.833.9330






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Friday, June 28, 2019

Montage Kapalua Bay Hosts the Most Incredible Wine & Food Event


Photography copyrighted to Eddie Sanchez

I may be biased here, but when people ask me what island they should visit when planning a trip to Hawaii, I immediately think of Maui. Its paradise-like atmosphere has the perfect balance of restaurants, resorts, and entertainment without making you feel like you’re in an over-crowded beach city like Santa Monica. When you fly over the Pacific to reach Hawaii, you want to feel that beauty of nature - the “Aloha” which means love, peace, and essence of being. You don’t want to feel like you’re completely alone on a deserted island as if on the set of LOST or in an episode of Survivor, unless you’re into that sort of thing.  After all, you’re here on vacation! And if you’re like me, looking for a true piece of Maui paradise to escape to, look no further than the Montage Kapalua Bay.

From the lobby overlooking the restaurant, Cane and Canoe.

The Montage Kapalua Bay is the premier resort you want to stay in while visiting Maui. It’s the perfect balance of luxury, and excellence without the stuffiness of some other high-end resorts in that same caliber. 

Each villa is like its own private residence for you to escape to. Complete with a full kitchen and living area, the villas also boast a beautiful bathroom with a soaking tub and separate rainfall shower for each room. Although you’ll want to spend all your waking hours outside enjoying the beautiful beaches, relaxing pools and world-class amenities; the king size bed at the Montage is like sleeping on clouds and begs for you to stay in just a little bit longer. 

The unmatched level of service from the time you arrive to simply walking around the property and the staff greets you by name is one of the things that sets the Montage Kapalua Bay apart. It’s that level of service and attention to detail that makes you feel like you’re among family and friends yet 

Living area from one of the villas.

Soak away all cares and worries in this master bath. 
One of several pools on the property overlooking the ocean. 
Dining area at Cane & Canoe

A resort like this wouldn’t be complete without an impeccable dining program. Chef Robert Barrera leads the team at the resort’s signature restaurant, Cane and Canoe. Dishes like, Wagyu Ribeye, and tuna tartare should not be missed. Chef Robert’s creativity and skills combine to create beautifully plated dishes that balance flavor profiles so perfectly. For instance, his take on chicken and waffles for brunch is one of the best versions of this dish I’ve had to date. He marries perfectly cooked tempura chicken with the most crisp yet light and airy sweet waffle topped with spiced sambal maple syrup. It’s like a party for your mouth!


20 oz Bone-in Kansas City Strip from Cane & Canoe

Ahi Benedict - local ahi, wasabi hollandaise, sweet soy, scallions, English muffin, breakfast potatoes. 

Tempura fried chicken and waffle with spiced sambal maple syrup.

Loco Moco - wagyu beef burger, exotic mushrooms, white rice, brown gravy, and sunny side egg. 

Craft cocktails at The Hideaway lounge. Pictured is C&C G&T: Sipsmith gin, Bitter Truth Cucumber and celery bitters, Fever Free tonic. 


Grand Tasting event at Montage Kapalua Bay. 

One of the best times to visit Maui is during the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. Established in 1981, the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the US. It’s focus stated to educate, initiate and foster the appreciation of fine wines and culinary products, as well as showcase the natural beauty of Kapalua Resort. It has now grown to incorporate cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairings, winemakers’ dinners and two major evening galas, the celebrated Grand Tasting at The Montage Kapalua Bay with theme-inspired cuisine and wines from around the world and the spectacular Seafood Festival featuring culinary delights from Hawaii’s most prominent Chefs.

Rosé by the Bay at the most picturesque location - the Cliff House at Montage Kapalua Bay.

World class wines being poured at the Grand Tasting event. 

Gastronomic indulgences from Kapalua Resort restaurants and friends. 


The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is quite possible the most incredible food event you will experience. The locale is unmatched, you’re in Maui after all. And a variety of fine wines from all around the world are all accessible to you all weekend long. It’s the food event you must do at least once in your life! 

Entrance to the Seafood Festival.

Maui’s top restaurants showcase a seafood specialty and other culinary creations in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award.
Lobster roll offerings by one of the restaurants at the Seafood Festival.


Plenty of wines to be poured throughout the weekend's festivities.


Just like the festival, Maui is the one place you need to visit, and the Montage Kapalua Bay is THE place to stay! It was personally such a wonderful experience that we are moving our yearly family vacation to this resort from now on. Oh, did I mention they have the best kids program ever!? And for adults you have the options of spa, pool, yoga, culture, adventure, and it’s all at the resort. There’s definitely something for everyone at the Montage Kapalua Bay.  

Montage Kapalua Bay main pool looking towards the property.

View from Cane & Canoe during dinner. 






Special thanks to Montage Kapalua Bay and Kapalua Wine and Food Festival for collaborating with Hungry in LA. As always, the content and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Why I Heart Tally and You Will Too


Photography copyrighted to Eddie Sanchez unless otherwise noted

You probably have one of two views on Tallahassee. The first is a business-only city full of government offices and legislators walking around in business attire making things happen for the State of Florida. The other is an energetic college-town full of young students Ubering around West Madison in Noles or Rattlers swag, hopping from party to party. For you, either view is too polarizing because like a good mullet (that's an oxymoron, I know) you're best described as business in the front, party in the back. You're a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll, and so is Tallahassee. 

I believe the reason I love Tally is because Florida's capital has something for everyone. It's relaxed and laid back as well as fun and adventurous. There's an abundance of culture and history to absorb from its museums. For the outdoor adventurer, soaring through the trees on a zip line or kayaking through the springs while spotting alligators along the shorelines is a must. If you're a foodie, there's an abundance of restaurants shaping the culinary culture of the area alongside award winning craft breweries. Tallahassee isn't just the one-sided coin some may perceive it to be. There's a lot to explore and below you'll find my recommendations for visiting Tally. 


S T A Y




Hotel Duval
Stay in the heart of downtown at this historic,  boutique hotel close to the State's capital, museums, and entertainment. It's centrally located so it's the perfect launching pad to your Tally adventure. The chic decor is reminiscent of the rat-pack days but updated with today's amenities. Don't miss the top floor, Level 8 Lounge for a great view of the sunset. 





415 N Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850.224.6000
www.hotelduval.com



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Canopy Road Cafe
A breakfast institution in Tallahassee, Canopy Road Cafe is your go-to for traditional breakfast and lunch fare along with fun twists on classics like the Happy Birthday Cakes - sweet delicious rainbow sprinkle filled pancakes topped with vanilla glaze, whipped cream and birthday candle! Even with four locations across the city, you'll still find a wait on weekends but the fast and friendly service and of course incredible breakfast spread is worth the wait.


2202 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850.893.0466
www.canopyroadcafe.com



The Hideaway
Hidden away (pun intended) behind the Tiki-themed cocktail bar, Waterworks, The Hideaway is a quaint cafe with a 50's retro-chic look. Picture something out of Mad Men where Don Draper would probably be enjoying a quick breakfast with his daughter Sally while on vacation in Florida. For breakfast, order the Bananas Foster Liege Waffles or the Lox Benedict - it won't disappoint. While the food is good, the coffee program is no slouch either. Powered by Jason Card, the founder of Journeyman Coffee, true coffee aficionados will appreciate this hidden gem. 
Lox Benedict with cream cheese, tomato, and capers. 

1133 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850.224.1887
www.facebook.com/thehideawaytally



Kool Beanz Cafe
Owner/chef Keith Baxter opened Kool Beanz Cafe in 1996 with the intention of interpreting his world travel experiences on the plate.While the menu changes on a daily basis, think of dishes like seared ahi tuna, tandoori spiced chicken, and lime mojo swordfish. This casual, eclectic, come-as-you-are local favorite serves thoughtful and creative dishes that you would find at a fine dining restaurant but without the pretentiousness. The result is amazing food with a casual vibe. 
Seared tuna with miso-mustard and edamame succotash.

921 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850.224.2466
www.koolbeanz-cafe.com


Cypress
If you're looking for a sophisticated restaurant for dinner, look no further than Cypress. One of Tallahassee's best restaurants and winner of Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Awards, Cypress is the place you take your parents when they visit you at FSU (hoping they pay), or the anniversary dinner you have planned for a special night. The dishes can be described as art on a plate and the level of service and hospitality are first-rate. 
Smoked pork shoulder stack with cornbread and fermented coleslaw. 

320 E Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850.513.1100
www.cypressrestaurant.com



The Blu Halo
The Blu Halo lets you enjoy the pleasures of a traditional steakhouse - meat, inventive martinis, and a robust wine list - but in a modern and energetic atmosphere. Located at Bannerman Crossings - North Tallahassee's Eat, Shop, and Play destination, The Blu Halo is the perfect place if you're looking to satisfy your inner carnivore. 
"Chief" -  22 oz. bone-in Angus ribeye with truffle butter.

3431 Bannerman Rd #2
Tallahassee, FL 32312
850.792.7884
www.thebluhalo.com



Masa
Ask anyone in Tallahassee where to go for Asian cuisine and they'll all tell you Masa. Literally, everyone told us to go visit and we're so glad we did. Masa is the brilliant creation of one of Tallahassee's most celebrated restaurateurs, Lucy Ho ( Azu). There's something for everyone with dishes like Bulgogi rice bowls, Thai coconut curry, and Singapore rice noodles. A premium sushi offering rounds out the menu. 
Flaming Paradise Roll - crab, cream cheese, shrimp, cucumber, topped with spicy tuna, jalapeño and wasabi peas. 

1650 N Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850.727.4183
www.masatallahassee.com



Elimishia Old Fashion Sweet Shop
For a sweet treat, head over to Elimishia Old Fashion Sweet Shop located at the Railroad Square Art Park. Owner Dana Dixon Broer creates homemade sweets from her own family recipes. Try the pecan pies and praline candy. 
Pecan hand pie.

618 McDonnell Dr, B-1
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850.800.6142
www.facebook.com/eatsweets



The Crum Box Gastgarden
This is one of those awesome hole-in-the-wall joints that you hope no one else discovers because you selfishly want to keep this place all to yourself. Unfortunately for you, with a perfect score on Yelp, The Crum Box Gastgarden's secret is out! Housemade sausages served in an old repurposed train caboose - this is a one-of-a-kind place that's a true foodie find. 
Spicy house made sausage with sauerkraut. 
602 Industrial Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850.599.0633
www.facebook.com/thecrumbox



The Edison
One of the best locations in Tally for drinks and good food. The Edison serves diverse local fare in what used to be an old power plant. With views of Cascades Park and a solid cocktail program, The Edison is a bright idea for brunch, lunch, or dinner. 


Rum Fashioned - Ron Zacapa, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, & chocolate bitters. 

470 Suwanee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850.765.9771
www.edisontally.com




Happy Motoring
Is it a bar, yoga studio, or food truck lot? Happy Motoring is all those things and more. Well known on Instagram for their frozen sangrias that come in the form of a large Capri Sun-like pouch, Happy Motoring is a casual hang out spot with games to play on the lawn and drinks to cool off on a hot sunny Florida day. 


1215 S Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850.597.9784
www.happymotoringtlh.com




D O 




Ology Brewing Company
The latest craft brewery in Tallahassee, Ology prides itself in being one of the leaders in barrel-aged sours. The team is passionate about what they do and that comes across so well in the beer that's brewed on site. With more than just sours, Ology brews everything from IPA's to Stouts and even has a "Juice Lab" division with different experimental brews that are fruit forward. For the non-drinker, Ologoy also brews an awesome Kambucha. 

118 E 6th Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850.296.2809
www.ologybrewing.com



Wakulla Springs
Just outside of Tallahassee is the world's largest and deepest freshwater spring. Wakulla Springs offers swimming, guided boat tours, snorkeling, and nature trails. Along the boat tour, you can easily spot alligators, manatees, and local birds. 
Jeff guiding visitors on a boat tour along Wakulla Springs.


465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 323327
850.561.7276
www.floridastateparks.org/park/wakulla-springs



Harry Smith Outdoors
For a premier full service kayak retail shop specializing in guided eco-tours and fishing trips, check out Harry Smith Outdoors. Harry and his crew provide a level of passion and enthusiasm that is unmatched. Let his team take you to the best waters for a fun day of exploring.


694 Industrial Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850.591.3060
www.hsmithoutdoors.com



Tallahassee Museum
More than just a museum, Tallahassee Museum can be described as an animal sanctuary, a wildlife educational center, and one of the area's best places to zip line. It's a place where history, art, education, and wildlife intersect for an unforgettable outdoor experience. 
Courtesy of Tallahassee Museum Facebook

3945 Museum Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850.575.8684
www.tallahasseemuseum.org



Proof Brewing Company
Tallahassee's first craft brewery is definitely worth a visit. There are several beer styles to choose from on a customized flight - but be sure to try their flagship, award winning Pale Ale. There's no need to rush at this tap room, with food trucks and outdoor games like corn hole, the space invites you to stay and socialize. 


644 McDonnell Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850.577.0517
www.proofbrewingco.com





Railroad Square Art Park
With over 50 studios, galleries, and small shops, Railroad Square is a hub for entertainment, art, and food. Here you'll discover amazing food finds like Crumb Box Gastgarden, and specialty shops such as Athenas Garden - an herbal emporium and specialty gift shop. Entertainment like rock climbing, retro arcade gaming, and a pinball parlor are a great end to a night after walking through the unique art galleries. 

Sculpture artist Mark Dickson is hard at work creating beautiful sculpture out of metal at Dickson Studios. 
602 McDonnell Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850.224.1308
www.railroadsquare.com



Museum of Florida History
For a deeper look into Florida's culture, check out the Museum of Florida History. Everything from prehistoric to modern is covered in this educational indoor space. 
Past Florida orange labels. 

500 S Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850.245.6400
www.museumoffloridahistory.com



Mission San Luis
If you want to travel back in time but don't have access to a DeLorean with a proper Flux Capacitor, visit the Mission San Luis where you are "transported" back to 1703 when Apalachees and Spaniards lived together in this National Historic landmark. 
Man fashioning a nail like they did in 1703. 

2100 W Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850.245.6406
www.missionsanluis.org



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