A little while ago, Edible Skinny was lucky enough to
attend WineLA’s STARS of Cabernet at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.While there, we were given a passport to this
delicious bold “statement” wine and learn a little bit more about a few choice
As luck would have it one of our favorite Cabernets of
the night was the first table we sampled at.The Hawk Horse Vineyards is a small family-owned and operated ranch and
vineyard estate located in the Red Hills AVA of Lake County in Northern California.The vineyard, situated in mountainside with
elevations between 1,800 and 2,200 feet, grows award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon
and their delicious “Latigo” Port-Style wine.Hand crafted with precision, their luscious wines are both Demeter
Biodynamic and CCOF Organic Certified.For those looking to experience these sumptuous wines on site, the ranch
offers private tours and tastings allowing their guests to encounter the ranch’s
varied wildlife including Red Hawks, American Quarter Horses, and Scottish
Highland Cattle (this last one are very very funny looking…).
Another wine that ES delighted in was the ever popular
Jordan Vineyard (and that statement is more than accurate as Mister Nick Holmes
told us they are the most popular restaurant wine in the country..!).John Jordan’s brand, located in the Alexander
Valley on 1,200 acres, produces two varietals, Chardonnay and Cabernet, along
with some fantastic viral videos such as their Blurred Lines parody… “Blurred Vines” and their Footloose/Flashdance parody “Get Fit.”Both are absolutely hysterical and get the
heart of Jordan’s philosophy which is there are Wine Geeks (those who overthink
wine) and Wine Dudes (people who don’t and have a blast with life).Sipping their wines at STARS of Cabernet reminded
me once again how much I would rather embrace the latter than the former.
We then strolled over to the Paso Robles (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC) Cabernet table.PRCC is a grass-roots organization which promotes the Paso Robles AVA
through the classic Cabernet and red Bordeaux varietals.The organization put on quite a spread
offering over a dozen red hued wines from the area as varied poppies in a
field.Some of our favorite wines we
sampled from their array of choice Cabs, were Sextant Winery, Rotta Winery, and
Dao Vineyards & Winery.
The night finished with a fantastic glass of ZD Wines
Reserva wine, Abacus.ZD Wines, is a
family owned and operated by three generations of the deLeuze family, in the
heart of Napa Valley.Their Abacus wine,
produced from several vineyards in the Valley, has an intensity that develops
and envelopes you with flavors of cassis, plum, and vanilla.Full of ripe tannins, it’s a wine that
lingers on your lips the way a delicious memory lingers in your mind.
So here’s all your Cabs being full of statement and
life being delicious!
Monterey Bay Whale Watch is your chance to feel like
part of the ocean without getting wet. Sea otters, dolphins, sea lions, whales;
all of our ocean friends came out to play during Edible Skinny’s whale watching
tour with Monterey Bay Whale Watch.
Monterey Bay Whale Watch is owned and operated by
Nancy Black, a marine biologist who has worked with whales and dolphins in the
region for over 10 years Monterey Bay Whale Watch tour puts on large emphasis
on preserving this natural beauty through an experience that organically
observe the wildlife in their natural setting without upsetting the natural
order of things.
While some whale watching tours are a lot of squinting
at distance horizon, hoping to see a splash here or there. Edible Skinny’s tour
with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, was nothing but action, action, action.It was the most sea life we have seen on any
whale watching tour ever. Monterey Bay Whale Watch was well worth the
experience, every moment there was a constant stream of marine life, another
fin or flip coming to say hi. Check out Edible Skinny’s video on Instagram
where we were surround by a pod of other 450 dolphins, laughing and playing
just a few feet from our vessel. It is guaranteed to make you smile :-)
Edible Skinny also saw lots and lot of whales. We
loved experiencing the lazy rolling of gray whales and the peeking tails of
Humpbacks. Sometimes Monterey Bay Whale Watch patrons (unfortunately not us
though) even see a Killer Whale or two, on top of all the other ocean life. During
the tour we were so close, we could even smell the whale breath. Yep, there is
a distinct order after whales have spewed water from the blow hole, a natural
cologne, let’s call it. Edible Skinny was so close we could say, “Awww, how
cool, but Eeewwwww, that smells pretty gross.” Monterey Bay is basically the
hottest hang out for whales and most marine life. If we were a whale, we know
that’s where we’d be.
Monterey has one of the most thriving marine
ecosystems in the world thanks to its protection according to Monterey Bay
Whale Watch, “Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected
marine area offshore of California's central coast. Located along the central
California coast, Monterey Bay contains the largest and deepest submarine
canyon in North America and it's one of the few canyons that bisects the
coastline so close to shore. This allows deep water species of marine mammals
and seabirds to be found relatively near shore and accessible for day whale
The three hour tour, which focused just as much on
education as it does experience was hosted by Greg the naturalist, who narrated
about each species, their migration and mating habits, as well as the
fascinating facts about the region itself.With a touch humor and huge depths on knowledge, Edible Skinny laughed,
smiled, even got sprayed a little. Plus we learned so much.If you find yourself in Monterey, make sure
to check out Monterey Bay Whale Watch, an aquatic floating classroom of
experience and adventure.
Edible Skinny was lucky enough to attend DAYBREAKER,
the sunrise disco extravaganza on November 18, 2015.The event, held at the sausage beer hall Wurstkuche,
started with an early morning 5:30 yoga class followed by two hours of rocking
it out to DJ Jason Bentley (who looks as cute as he sounds on KCRW)!
This rock star morning rave movement has successfully
flowed its feet and hearts to the people of New York, London, Los Angeles, and
San Francisco callingto people of all
ages, occupations, and backgrounds with a new approach to fitness and fun.And there’s early morning parties coming
soon to global cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Cape Town!
Co-Founders Matthew Brimer and Radha Agrawal state, “DAYBREAKER
is about dancing before daybreak with people we love; about curating a
community of camaraderie, self-expression, wellness, and mischief.”
Here’s to life being delicious and every morning starting out with Jason Bentley IRL!
California Market, a gem of a restaurant,
tucked away at Hyatt Carmel Highlands is the perfect place for a leisurely
lunch or brunch with friends. Built with breathtaking views of the Big Sur and
Yankee Point, California Market offers a sophisticated and savory selections to
be enjoyed on their open air redwood deck or snuggled inside by their cozy
fireplace. Because there are so many wonderful things about this place,
seriously, we could go on and on and on and on…. We want to give you, our
fabulous readers, the top ten highlights of California Market
Top Ten Reasons Edible Skinny loves
10. They’re latte that looks like layer cake.
Edible Skinny noticed this deliciously decorative drink as it was being carried
across the restaurant, it looked like the prettiest liquid tiramisu like
decadence you’ve ever seen, in a glass. We just had to try it, fortunately they
were able to give us coconut milk instead of whole milk. Even with our slight
substitutions, it was caffeinated luxury.
9. They respect the vegetarians. Kat Thomas,
editor-in-chief is Edible’s resident vegetarian. And while she eats lots of
delicious food, sometimes her options are more limited, especially during
brunch. Kat was excited to start the day California Market’s Zucchini & Cheese
Frittata made with Gruyere, Goat, & White Cheddar Cheese, Tomato &
Onion, Ciabatta Toast. A light and healthy option that was heavy on health.
8. They know how to make a real salad. When
it comes to salads, restaurants have a tendency to go to extremes. We have all
seen the garden salad with one cherry tomato or the chicken finger explosion
covered in ranch. California Market is still health focused without skimping on
flavor. We were delightfully surprised by how refreshing and satisfying their
Seared Ahi Salad with Tatsoi, Haricot Vert, Chopped Romaine, Mandarin Oranges,
Enoki Mushrooms, Pickled Ginger Vinaigrette was. We also sampled their
Monterey Salad with Shrimp, Jack Cheese, Cucumber, Avocado, Tomatoes,
Pickled onions, House Vinaigrette but substituted Grilled Portabello Mushrooms
for Shrimp. It was “light and fresh like something you should eat a la piscine,
in France,” said Kat.
7. The fact that Jennifer Aniston and Brad
Pitt had lunch here after they got engaged, according to Shelly Rodriguez,
Catering and Events Manager. And who could blame them? California Market is the
perfect romantic backdrop to celebrate life’s most precious moments. 6. Server Tony Lorenz! Our server Tony
Lorenz delivered excellent service. Knowledgeable and friendly, Tony went above
and beyond sharing details about the dishes, hotel and Monterey’s wildlife. In
the past Tony worked as a Naturalist for Monterey Bay Whale Watch where he
invited us to whale watch the following afternoon. Thanks, Tony!!! Best
whale watching ever, Monterey’s marine life is something of a marvel.
5. The bacon. Oh the bacon... I am somewhat
of a bacon connoisseur. Applewood, Hickory Smoked, Maple. You name it, I love
it. The Hyatt Highlands side of bacon served with breakfast was the perfect savory
compliment to our delicious Point Lobos dish. It was thick and plump, with a
depth of flavor without being too rich. An A+
4. Point Lobos. Perhaps the most
decadent thing we have sampled before 9am. Point Lobos Dungeness Crab, Avocado,
& Cilantro, English Muffin with Hollandaise. The light refreshing crab
mixed with the rich and creamy hollandaise is the perfect combination to pamper
3. The insta-vacation effect. Today we
all lead such stressful jobs. And sometimes it is difficult to unwind.
California Market is an instant vacation, after five minutes on their deck
staring at the view and sipping their delicious Carneros Chardonnay by Rombauer
Vineyards and you’ll think, “Stress? What stress?”
2. The indoor/outdoor versatility. Some
of us love the sunshine of the outdoors, the feel of salt air in our lungs, the
breeze in our hair. While others love to snuggle up next to a fire and lazily
sip coffee as we read the newspaper. California Market is the best of both
worlds, you can dine with any backdrop of your choosing enjoying both beauty
and comfort. 1. The view, how that pacific sparkles. When
we stepped out on their deck, where we enjoyed both breakfast and lunch, I
couldn’t help but hold my breath for a minute. This type of beauty stops you
mid sentence sometimes, it is that powerful. It is rare that you get to dine
this closely to nature, in all its awe and power. California Market has so many
beautiful and delicious opportunities to soak in.
Thank you, California Market, for proving as
always, life is delicious.
For more information about California Market
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most
recognized red wine grapes.And with
that in mind, Edible Skinny is stoked to be recognizing one of our favorite grapes
at this year’s 7th annual STARS of Cabernet at the Peninsula Beverly
Hills, produced by WineLA.com
Cabs are statement bottles.They’re full bodied wines with high tannins
and acidity that makes you notice what is up!And STARS is a full of bodied collectable showcase bringing the best
producers together with their respected wineries.Wines featured at this event includes:
Fairchild, Duckhorn, J. Lohr, Jordon, JUSTIN, and many more.
This STAR studded event allows all guest to enjoy
unlimited wine tasting, tray passed Hors d’oeuvres, and an assortment of
breads, cheese, and chocolate.There
will be a silent auction with 100% benefits going towards the TJ Martell
Foundation, which help funds Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a charitable
501c.Splurge for the VIP tickets and
you’ll enjoy a delicious VIP Buffet and receive a Gift Bag upon departure.
The event’s almost sold out but if you want to grab some
of the last remaining slots head over to:
A few weeks ago Edible Skinny spent the night in
Carmel at the rustically luxurious Hyatt Highlands.The next morning Kelly and I were able to
pedal some of their killer Bianchi bikes only one mile north to the stunning Point
Lobos State Park.
Coined the “greatest meeting of land and water in the
world” by landscape artist Francis McComas, Point Lobos’ beauty is breathtaking
beyond explanation.The 2 mile
shoreline park offers 14 interconnecting trails that wind through, pine
forests, Cypress Groves, and jaw dropping rugged coastal scenery.
Whalers Cover and other locations provide plenty of
opportunities to view over three hundred types of plants and 250 bird and
animal species including sea otters, sea lions, and, from December to April, migrating
Point Lobos ocean vistas are unmatched anywhere else
on the Monterey Peninsula.Their rocky
shoreline is constantly under attack from the relentless waves of the Pacific
Ocean.These infamous “angry seas” crash
on the shore like the finishing bars of a philharmonic performance.
From flora to fauna to vistas this perfect natural orchestra
a must see destination for anyone on the Monterey Peninsula.
It's time to get tipsy on
glamour for a good cause!
Saturday November 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm Angel City Brewery is hosting Beauties,Burly, & Beer, a Burlesque fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
produced by Workin’ The Tease!
• Sin Fisted, Sultry Sweet Burlesque &
Variety Show Planned Parenthood Los Angeles provides care to over 150,000 women, men, and teens at year at their 20 health centers throughout L.A. Over 93% of the work they do is preventative, including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, breast health services and health information and counseling. Their education and community outreach programs reach 50,000 women, men, and teens in Los Angeles County each year.
The burlesque empire Workin’ The Tease, which
was founded by Miss Pinup Julia & Miss Kitty Kat DeMille, has been featured on the Huffington Post,Wifey.tv, and Buzzfeed. Their
Internet Burlesque channel, featuring all things Beautiful, Body Positive,
& Burly, has produced over a 150 videos with a combined total of 500,000
views on YouTube & Facebook. Tickets are $40 for Admission to the Fun (General Admission) and $65 for the Best View (VIP ) and are available at: http:/bbb4pp.brownpapertickets.com
BB&B guarantees to be a good time for a
Edge Takes Dining to New Heights: A Perfect Pairing of Beauty and Taste
Kelly Grace Thomas
Pacific’s Edge, the award-winning restaurant at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, takes dining to
new heights in every decadent and delicious way possible. Built cliff-side with
soul-stirring views of the Big Sur Coastline, this restaurant is the perfect
blend of both beauty and innovation.
its glass walls for sweeping views and its outstanding offerings, Pacific’s
Edge has found the perfect pairings to match natural beauty with culinary
curiosity. To rival the jaw-dropping vistas is an equally impressive culinary
cast. The restaurant is headed by Executive Chef, Chad Minton, who previously
earned a Michelin Guide recommendation for his restaurant, Jerne and Executive
Sous Chef, Alvaro Dalmau, who formerly studied at the world’s best restaurant
El Bulli. This dynamic duo has crafted an impressive menu full of inspired eats
and regional treats.
Pacific’s Edge was named one of the top 100 Restaurants in the U.S. by Zagat and has also
won a number of awards, including a Four Diamond award and was distinguished as
one of the Top Ten Restaurants with a View by USA Today. With more than 900
wines to choose from, Wine Spectator has lauded their wine list with Grand and
Excellence awards. Pacific’s Edge raises the bar on craft and service.
Therefore, it is no surprise that they hosted the 1986 Masters of Food and
Wine, and have hosted world renowned chefs like Julia Child and Gordon Ramsay
to cook on their premise.
Skinny was lucky enough to sample some of Pacific’s Edge standout selections
and one thing’s for certain, this place has done their homework. While some
places are all view and no value, Pacific Edge has some stunning sophistication
that showcases both talent and innovation of the area and staff.
Skinny began our Pacific’s Edge dining experience with a stunning sunset and a
Domaine Eden 2012 Chardonnay. Light, but still rounded with hints of oak, this
was the perfect sipping wine to prep our pallet for Pacific’s Edge outstanding
a lover of seafood, I just had to order the Octopus Confit. Being both local
and sustainable the dish was served with Fingerling Potatoes, Smoked Paprika,
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Maldon salt. This was perhaps one of the most
impressive seafood dishes we had in California. Delicious. Moist. Cooked to
perfection. Confit translates to cooked in it own fat, but for this dish the
octopus was cooked in a terrine for five hours in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.The result: meat so tender you could cut it
with a spoon. Octopus when not cooked well can feel like a tug of war in your
mouth, instead this dish was both tender and firm without being hard. There was
accents of salt and smokiness without being over pronounced. Thanks to the
Spanish inspiration and amazing talent, Executive Sous Chef, Alvaro Dalmau, has
created an exquisite starter that showcases skill, it knows its personality
without apologizing, it plays on its savory strength without overpowering.
also sampled some vegetarian friendly starters to report back to our more
health conscious readers. The Zucchini Carpaccio, Wild Arugula, Shaved
Parmesan Reggiano, Pickled Mushrooms, Lemon Olive Oil Vinaigrette is a new take
on a old classic. They have adapted this meat dish to create a freshness of
deliciousity. With rich but light flavors there are amazing mushrooms dotted a
valley of wild arugula. We also sampled their Faro Burrata Cheese, Garden
Herbs, Cauliflower, Crème Fraiche, Extra Virgin Olive Oil which was light and
pillowy but in a savory way. This creamy cheese had cloud-like consistency, almost
a whisper, like what the freshest marshmallow seeks to be.
Pacific Edge we had some delectable samplings to start, during our main course
it was clear that these entrees were perhaps one of the most delicious and
detail orientated meals we have had to date. Paired with a Weingut Brundlmayer
2004 Cabernet Franc from Austria the dinner was filled with so many divinely
born and raised within miles from Barnegat Light, New Jersey (one of the
seafood mecca’s of the country) Edible Skinny tends to be a little snobby about
their seafood, especially scallops. While they are one of our favorite
delicacies, scallops are usually overcooked and over-flavored, but not at
Pacific’s Edge. We were blown away by their Maine Dayboat Scallops served with
Grilled Asparagus, Romesco Sauce, Shishito Peppers, Crispy Basil. All seafood
at Pacific Edge is never frozen, from ocean to table within 48 hours and what a
difference in taste.These scallops were
graceful in taste and presentation, they had just the right amount of rich and
round notes, while still being airy, difficult in craft but an amazing
juxtaposition to experience.
accompany these tastes we also ordered a their impressive Parmesan Potato
Gratin. Built with the towered flakiness of a croissant, the gratin mix and
cheddar and rosemary was the perfect invitation to autumnal flavors we seek
take comfort in during the colder seasons. To satisfy the herbivore in us, we
also enjoyed Haricots Verts and Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Garlic Spinach. With
an impressive mix of vegetarian options, Pacific Edge serves an exquisite
vegetarian fare showcasing that less options doesn’t mean less flavor.
until the last moment, Pacific Edge dessert selection could be a separate
dining experience in its own. The Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with
Sea Salt, Praline, Balsamic Caramel Ice Cream, had the perfect texture and
tenderness. With most bread pudding as hard and overcooked, this dish was moist
and runny in a good way, like great scrambled eggs in which technique can be
perfected over the years. We also sampled Peanut Butter Mousse Cake with
Vanilla Crème Chantilly, Manjari Chocolate Ganache Caramel Sauce, Roasted
Peanuts along with a Tawny twenty year old port.
is one of our best dining experience in California, and perhaps the states. So
it you find yourself near the Carmel Highlands or even Monterey Peninsula, make
the trip to Pacific Edge, a restaurant centered around the beauty of each
delicious flavor with an unbeatable view. It is sure to be an edible experience
you won’t forget. As always we at Edible Skinny hope life is delicious.
By Omid Vojdani, Edible Skinny Health and Wellness Editor
a consumer, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when it comes to labels on our food.
Personally, I’ve invested many hundreds of hours into learning all the
different buzzwords, and even I have trouble when actually standing in the
super market trying to pick up a good cut of meat. Grain free, grass fed, no
hormones added, vegetarian fed, USDA organic, free range, cage-free, omega-3
fortified? What does all that even mean?
vs conventional factory meat:
a cow is force fed corn and other grains, inflammation runs rampant through
their bodies. Their immune systems are compromised, which the farmers must
combat with high levels of antibiotics, and their natural hormone levels
decrease, which means hormone boosters to keep the cow healthy.
does that mean to us as the consumer? Well, when we eat the meat from a factory
cow, we’re consuming all the added antibiotics, hormones, and inflammation. You
may not notice the effects from one amazing steak, but over time this leads to
weight gain, digestion issues, and faulty hormone levels. (Even the World Health Organization now confirms this can also lead to an increased risk of
because grass-fed cows are not treated with any added antibiotics or hormones,
and are raised as much ‘happier’ cows, we as consumers suffer much less from
these negative health effects. In fact, compared to their factory-raised
cousins, meat from grass-fed cows has less bad fats, more antioxidants, and
2-5x the levels of omega-3’s (the heart healthy omega). Grass-fed beef can even
have up to twice the levels of CLA, which can help with muscle growth, reduced
risk of heart disease, and lower the risk of cancer.
till recently, the only way to ensure the quality of your beef, a consumer
would have to carve precious time out of their schedule to go to a farmer’s
market, and make friends with their local farmers. Or worse, spend a small
fortune on premium cuts of grass-fed beef, sometimes costing three times the
Mike Salguero’s startup Butcher Box. After a monumental Kickstarter campaign, which beat their goal 840% raising over $210,000 in 30 days, Butcher Box is now offering free shipping on a box of hand picked, fully
grass-fed beef right to your door on a monthly basis. Each Butcher Box will
contain 15-20 meals worth of hand picked beef from the highest quality
available each month. Mike and his team also help consumers by including
delicious recipes to make cooking easy and hassle free. Each box is also
packaged with a calculated amount of dry ice to ensure maximum freshness, even
if it sits at your door for up to 24 hours.
right. No guess work. No reading endless food labels. No having to make best
friends with the farmer. No insane price hikes. Easy, convenient, healthy,
delicious grass-fed beef direct to us, the consumer.
to food and health now being a lot easier, and more delicious, thanks to Mike
and his team at Butcher Box!