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Dusty’s Bistro is set in the heart of Silverlake, California. Silverlake is notoriously an artist area with hip eateries and coffee shops lining the streets. It was this relaxed atmosphere that Maria Minicucci and her son David Di Salvio decided to open up their first Los Angeles restaurant. Set on the corner of Sunset and […]

The history of coffee is a complicated one indeed. It was discovered around the year 500 AD somewhere in the middle east, no one is exactly sure where. There are many legends on the origin of coffee, one claiming the exiled Arab Sheik saved himself from starvation by turning the berries on a coffee shrub […]

Protein plays a fundamental role in nearly all bodily processes. Hence, sufficient protein intake, through amino acids, is vital for any healthy diet. To get their amino acids, vegans rely on plant proteins, lacto-ovo-vegetarians include milk and eggs in their diet and lacto vegetarians add milk and its products to their meals. Most lacto vegetarians […]

Having re-ignited my desire for decent coffee I was fortunate enough to receive a De’Longhi KG49 coffee bean grinder. At 22cm x 13cm x 11cm and weighing in at 0.8kg, when empty of course, the KG49 is a small but perfectly formed coffee bean grinder that takes up minimal room, and in its matt black […]

Asian cuisine in general is not based on recipes with exact measurements and fixed ingredients, and Thai cooking is no exception. Watch a Thai cook at work and you will soon gain insight into his method of preparing a dish. When it comes to the use of herbs and spices, ‘taste-and-add’ is the general rule. […]

Being from the South, I grew up drinking sweet iced tea. I think drinking iced tea is an unwritten law in Texas. We give our kids iced tea in their baby bottles and sippy cups and start them out young to enjoy a good sip of refreshing cool sweet iced tea on a hot summer […]

Bleu Cheese and Walnut Salad; my mom orders one every time we get food from Mimi’s Cafe. She’s under the impression that it’s a healthy alternative to any of the other items on the menu. I know better than to trust nutritional propaganda so promptly. Urged on by my increasing amount of skepticism, I check […]

Le Bistro, Wentworth, UK Located in the extremely pretty hamlet of Wentworth in South Yorkshire, Le Bistro is a small, unassuming restaurant offering typical bistro fayre.  It’s not hard to miss either with the entrance to the seemingly tiny building flanked by a huge plastic butcher, the kind that used to be found in the […]

To say the Alentejo covers a large expanse of land in Portugal the regions restaurants are sometimes quite small. This restaurant I am going to tell you about now isn’t the smallest I have ever been to but it isn’t the largest either. Seating approximately 30 people the ‘Luar de Janeiro’ (in Portuguese – ‘By […]

After a recent, satisfying meal, our Cheesecake Factory waiter boasted that they “were the only 5 star restaurant chain”. I inwardly disputed that statement’s validity but got the point. Typical big name, ubiquitous chains strive for market dominance through hundreds of stores, obsessively consistent policies and tight fiscal management. I could cite scores of cost […]