Prickly Pear Margarita
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Prickly Pear Margarita

Have I mentioned I love tequila? I know some of you must be fighting back your gag reflex just thinking about tequila, but not me. Tequila and I go way back, but that's another story, preferably one told while drinking tequila. After you try…
A touching tribute to an amazing woman, Kihong Stone, on the Day of the Dead. The blending of two cultures and honoring the dead.
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Remembering Kihong Stone

When Dora first approached me about writing a piece about my mother, Kihong Stone,  I had some serious apprehensions.  Her passing in May of 2010 is still a fresh wound.   Last year Dora put up an altar of her grandfather in the Mexican…
The Day of the Dead Festival Oceanside California is a community event that celebrates the Mexican tradition with music, food, dance, altars
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Day of the Dead Festival Oceanside

There's a Day of the Dead festival in Oceanside every year, and no, it's not a convention of the Walking Dead or related to Halloween at all, as you might think. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration of life and a mocking of death. Aztec…
This salsa molcajeteada combines pan roasted tomatoes, garlic, and peppers to make a spicy and hearty salsa. They are pureed in a molcajete.
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Salsa Molcajeteada

It seems every time I go home I see Mexico in a different light. Last time it was Christmas and everything seemed so beautiful under the twinkling lights, our traditions so rich, and our heritage great. This time, under the sweltering heat…
An amazing road trip to Ensenada and Rosario with the family. Great food and friends made the trip one to remember.
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Road trip to Ensenada & Rosarito

My sister just left, and as I try to hold back the sadness that threatens to engulf me I realize I'm just really glad she came. She got here about a week ago, but instead of spending a whole week in OC, we met her in Tijuana for a quick road…
Curried beluga lentil pebble bean salad combines ginger, garlic, lemon cilantro, red onion, curry powder, lentils for a protein packed salad.
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Curried Beluga Lentil Pebble Bean Salad

A Whole Foods opened last month in Laguna Niguel. It's shiny exterior, perfectly lined produce, and very cheerful staff keeps beckoning me from afar. This particular one is humongous. I've never seen a Whole Foods(WF) this impressive before! Unfortunately…
This road trip to Napa has created so many sweet memories for our family. Dinner at the French Laundry, wineries, a dinner with friends.
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Road Trip to Napa

Our daily routine is back in place, the familiar faces and places of Orange County surrounding our thoughts and our lives. Yet, the sweet memories of our road trip to Napa still flood my days. That's what vacations are for right? To get…
Dinner at the French Laundry where the service was exceptional and so was the food. Course after course, nine of them, the food was perfect.
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Dinner at the French Laundry

So I mentioned before this trip to Napa is our first real vacation in 3 yrs, due mostly to the birth of our son and the 'living on one income' thing. It was also about that time when we stopped going to fine dining restaurants. We still manage…