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Thursday, April 30, 2009
May Summer Entertainment in Louisiana: L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, a luxury Texas Hill Country-themed resort in Lake Charles, La., launches a new season of sizzling summer entertainment in May. The hugely popular Party by the Pool concert series returns May 7 with live national and regional bands poolside every Thursday night. The season opens with the dynamic and energetic multi-platinum rocker group Everclear. Reservations: (866) 580-7444.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
New Chocolate Article: The Artisan Chocolate Buyer’s Bill of Rights--Enjoy Stephanie Zonis' guidelines for what you can reasonably expect if you follow all the rules for ordering chocolates, as well as suggestions on what to do when something goes wrong.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Gastronomy Program at Boston University: International Conference on Food Styling and Photography; June 12th-June 15th; Boston University; Boston, MA. Visit their website for full program and registration information; cularts@bu.edu or 617-353-9852.

Monday, April 27, 2009
New California Resort: Terranea Resort will open in June in Southern California. This new oceanfront luxury resort and Los Angeles' only destination resort on the Pacific Ocean is located in an unparalleled setting on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with sweeping views of Catalina Island. The resort features 400 guest rooms, suites, bungalows and The Spa at Terranea.

Sunday, April 26, 2009
New Grain Article: Three Grain Recipes: Quick Brown Rice with Tuna and Green Beans; Soft Chicken Tacos with Smoked Paprika Sour Cream; and Fruity-Nutty Wild Rice and Turkey Salad by Lorna Sass.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
New BBQ Cookbooks: America's Best BBQ: 100 Recipes from America's Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses, and Restaurants, by Ardie A. Davis and Chef Paul Kirk, showcases two of the world's top barbecue experts as they present their favorite barbecue recipes from across America. Barbecue Box, by Thomas Feller, is in the shape of a large matchbox. Inside you'll discover a surprise cookbook with eighty delicious and easy-to-follow recipes that will light up any barbecue.

Friday, April 24, 2009
New Cafe Book: The Cafes of San Francisco: A Guide to the Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of America's Original Cafe Society. This delightful guidebook leads travelers and residents alike on a deliciously caffeinated tour of dozens of the best cafés in the city's varied neighborhoods and its surrounding towns.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
New Ethnic Cookbooks: Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen, by Monica Bhide (The Everything Indian Cookbook), provides a personal look at modern Indian cooking, showcasing new versions of her native cuisine that pay homage to tradition but also acknowledge the everyday lifestyle of India today. Helen's Asian Kitchen: Easy Chinese Stir-Fries, by Helen Chen, includes a wide array of recipes, all simple enough to make any night of the week, from classics to less-familiar dishes. Chapters are organized by the star ingredient – whether it’s Chicken, Pork, Beef, Seafood, Bean Curd, or Vegetables.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
One of our advertisers is in Gourmet magazine's May 2009 issue: Alfajores la Misíon by Split Bean Coffee were covered by Gourmet magazine, who called them as authentic as those found in South America. Available in over 15 original flavors, Alfajores La Misíon by Split Bean Coffee are only available via their website at www.SplitBeanCoffee.com.

Monday, April 20, 2009
New Wine Article: Napa Valley – Back with a Vengeance: Jon Rusciano visits Napa in November to experience that time of year in the Valley.

Sunday, April 19, 2009
New Cookbook: Cooking Know-How: Be a Better Cook with Hundreds of Easy Techniques, Step-by-Step Photos, and Ideas for Over 500 Great Meals, by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, is an alphabetical list of sixty-five recipe-driven, technique-centered explications that build out into hundreds of dishes.

Saturday, April 18, 209
New BBQ Cookbook: Texas BBQ, by Wyatt McSpadden and John Morthland, is a 160 page, hardcover book with 89 wonderful Texas photographs. This "comfort food" book is a photographic odyssey into the world of traditional Texas BBQ. McSpadden has spent over 20 years documenting BBQ--specifically, the authentic family-owned cafes that are small-town mainstays.

Friday, April 17, 2009
Spring and Fall Cooking in Vermont and Italy: Culinary vacations taught by Deborah Krasner, a James Beard Award-winning author, feature hands-on cooking in beautiful surroundings, using local and seasonal food in the Italian regional traditions. Three day and Five day residential programs in southern Vermont, Tuscany (near Sienna) and Sicily (near Agrigento). www.culinaryvermont.com and www.italyonaplate.com

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Michelin Star Chef’s First Book Crowned UK’s Finest: Michelin Star chef Andrew Pern’s first book, ‘Black Pudding & Foie Gras’, has triumphed at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2008 – picking up the ultimate accolade, the hotly contested ‘Best UK Chef Book’. The book will now go on to compete with the successful books from around the globe, jostling to be crowned ‘Best in the World’ in May 2009.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
New California Aquarium Exhibit: Discover the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s newest special exhibition – “The Secret Lives of Seahorses,” one of the largest and most diverse exhibits of seahorses and their kin in the nation! More than 15 species of seahorses, sea dragons, pipehorses and pipefish will lure visitors into a strange and secretive world where fishes dance and males have babies.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
New Cookbooks: Pie, by Angela Boggiano, tells the story of the pie with over 100 irresistible recipes (both sweet and savory) and fantastic photographs. Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes, by Tessa Kiros, takes us on a global journey of taste and experience with her eclectic compilation of 170 simple and delicious recipes that reflect her world travels, multicultural heritage, family traditions, and amazing cooking combinations.

Monday, April 13, 2009
8th Annual Monterey Beer Festival: Saturday June 6th from 12:30 pm to 5 pm at the Monterey Fairgrounds. They expect 4,000 loyal beer drinkers and the 2008 event was sold out.

Sunday, April 12, 2009
Happy Easter

Saturday, April 11, 2009
San Francisco Cocktail Week: This third annual event will take place May 11th-18th when San Francisco’s finest bars and restaurants celebrate Cocktails by the Bay. The event features bartenders, mixologists, chefs, authors and cocktail experts as presenters and special guests throughout the week.

Friday, April 10, 2009
New Ethnic Cookbooks: Joey's Italian: Favorite Recipes From Central New York's Celebrated Restaurant by Joey DeCuffa & Denise Owen Harrigan, offers more than 100 step-by-step recipes and is seasoned with Joey's unforgettable stories and wonderful James Scherzi color photographs. The Scandinavian Cookbook by Trina Hahnemann, offers a modern twist on Scandinavia's traditions with wholesome and mouthwatering dishes organized by the calendar month.

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Squid in Monterey, California: The squid lights have been switched back on at Monterey Bay as fishermen have encountered schools of calamari rising to the surface for the first time in recent years. Central Coast fishermen were initially going out for anchovies, but found squid in their nets this spring, said Geoff Shester, senior science manager for Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative. (Kevin Howe, Monterey County Herald)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
New Busy Mom's Guide: The Baby Fat Diet by Monica Bearden, RD and Shara Aaron, MS, RD, tells new Mom's how to get rid of those post-pregnancy pounds as losing the “baby fat” is one of the hardest things for Mothers to do.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
2009 International Association of Culinary Professionals CookBook of the Year: A16: Food & Wine by Nate Appleman and Shelley Lindgren with Kate Leahy; Publisher: Ten Speed Press. One of San Francisco's most popular new restaurants, A16 is devoted to southern Italy's rustic cuisine and robust wines. This book, by its executive chef and wine director, begins by exploring eight grape-growing areas in southern Italy.

Monday, April 6, 2009
New Food Article: FOUR FOR THE MONEY: Full Flavored Steaks For Less by Betty Fussell, who educates us about less expensive cuts of beef and includes a recipe for Citrus Chili Marinade.

Sunday, April 5, 2009
2009 International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards: Winners were announced at the 2009 IACP International Conference in Denver on April 4. Cookbook Awards, Bert Greene Journalism Awards, Awards of Excellence and Pioneering Sustainability Photo Contest.

Saturday, April 4, 2009
New York City Green Program: A smart, new movement sweeping Manhattan restaurants, Eco-To-Go®, is a grass-roots effort to stop plastic and paper waste, slow global warming, and protect the world's rainforests. Over 35 restaurants and 250 participants have already joined, showing their conscious effort to eliminate any unnecessary paper and plastic products that traditionally come with takeout orders.

Friday, April 3, 2009
New Ice Creams: Starbucks Coffee Company recently unveiled a new super-premium ice cream line inspired by some of consumers' favorite Starbucks® beverages. Look for: Caramel Macchiato, Mocha Frappuccino®, Java Chip Frappuccino® and Coffee.

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Yukon Omega-3 Discovery: Kwik'pak Fisheries of Emmonak and Anchorage, Alaska is excited to announce that wild Yukon River king and chum salmon harvested in Alaska's Yukon River Delta have "shockingly high" levels of this important nutrient, reported to be severely lacking in average American diets.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
April eNewsletter: Sally's eNewsletter features discounts on travel to Las Vegas! Enjoy our many articles on Las Vegas as well as the gaming tables, slot machines and shows once you get there.

Happy April Fool's Day!

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