THE HIGHLIGHT REEL

You know those episodes of Friends where Chandler and let’s say, Monica, would reminisce about old times and they would show clips of some of the most memorable “Friends” moments? Well, this is that episode of RealFoodies TastyBits! Since some of you are new to my posts, I am going to list the highlight reel so you can catch up on some groovy posts or videos that you may have missed due to everyday nuisances like work,  fitness or sleeping.

I have a lot of great stuff in the works. I am super excited about making more videos and I have gotten great feedback from you on what you want to see more of. Expect more hats and maybe hula hoops.

SMOKEY SPICY GOODNESS

I don’t know what I ever did before discovering Spanish Smoked Paprika (Pimentón de la Vera). Not sure why I didn’t discover it while living in Spain. God knows it was in or on everything from eggs to chorizo and ensaladilla Rusa. This lovely spice imparts a deep and smokey flavor to anything you add it to. READ MORE…

I’LL HAVE SOME CHORIZO WITH MY CHEESE

PALACIOS CHORIZO is my simple Spanish weakness. Ingredients: Pork, paprika, salt, garlic, and pork’s natural casing. The packaging aint pretty, but I want folks to be able to recognize it easily at the store. You may disrobe it and eat it at home.  READ MORE…

FRENCHMEN, BICYCLES AND ELDERFLOWERS

I am not an expert mixologist or a booze hound, but I am a romantic. My first encounter with St. Germain liqueur was at a little bar in San Francisco. The concoction contained champagne, Hendricks gin, St. Germain and a little fresh lemon juice. I have never been a fan of mimosas or bellinis. I prefer my bubbles straight up. I was so beautifully surprised by one particular flavor that I had to ask the bartender what I was drinking. He explained that it was the St. Germain that I was noticing. He gave me a little shot glass with a teeny bit of the liqueur and one sip was all it took. READ MORE…

SEXY AND SIMPLE AVOCADO SALAD

This recipe was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Avocado Jicama Salad that I found in one of the only cookbooks I have ever used, “What to have for Dinner.” The recipe was tasty. It consisted of avocados, Jicama, red onion, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, etc. etc. You would think that was simple enough for me? Not so much. My second bout of inspiration came from the avocado salad at Versailles, my old favorite Cuban food restaurant in Venice Beach, CA. Theirs consisted of sliced avocado, sliced white onion, white wine vinegar, vegetable oil and salt and pepper. READ MORE…

IF SOPHIA LAUREN WAS A GRAIN

She’d be Farro. I had never tasted Farro until a friend ordered a Farro Risotto at Bar Jules in San Francisco and little did I know that it would contain no rice. I took a bite of the creamy farro risotto and was instantly besotted. Sadly, it wasn’t until almost a year later that I would attempt to wrangle Farro myself. READ MORE…

BETTER THAN NUTELLA

YES, BETTER. Put your guns down! This is my opinion. I, too, was in passionate love with Nutella for years until I read the ingredients. You are probably saying, “well, that was dumb.” and perhaps it was, but luckily for me, I discovered not only a healthier alternative, but a tastier one too! Justin’s is a crunchy company out of Boulder, Colorado, that has been in the nut butter business for several years. READ MORE…

GO GADGET GO – Part Trois – Le Video

I am not a huge proponent of gadgets for gadget’s sake. In fact, I normally steer clear of new gadgets as I do with new movies. I usually wait a bit to see if they rise to the top naturally, however, in the case of Go Gadget Go part Trois, I will be recommending 2 BRAND new gadgets! READ MORE…

THE PERFECT RIB VIDEO

DEAR ALTON BROWN, Thank you for teaching me a lot of what I know in the kitchen and for being the ultimate guru to all of us food nerds. I postponed making my rib video because I think I felt badly telling the world that I had proven you wrong about ribs. Don’t fret master. It’s just ribs. You are still right about everything else! Love, Claudia. READ MORE…

NESPRESSO & A SELFISH BRIDE-TO-BE

In July of 2008 I fell in love twice at the Villagio Inn and Spa in Yountville (Napa), California, which happens to be where my fellow and I got married on April 16th, 2011. READ MORE…

STICK IT IN YOUR EAR

Not too long ago, my fellow and I hosted a party where we wanted to serve corn on a skewer so people could roll their corn in whatever topping they desired. I had a few hours before our “event”, so I called all over the place and could not find candied apple skewers. I chose this route because that is what they use in Colombia to skewer grilled corn and it is much sturdier than a skinny shish kebab skewer. In warm parts of Colombia, you can pretty much find a grilled corn vendor on every block. READ MORE…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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