Eat Local: Fiore Market Cafe and Composting Tips


A few years ago, I went to lunch with a friend. She had been raving about this particular restaurant and told me that it “screamed” Elizabeth (local, fresh food, and an inclusive menu). I pulled up to the community theatre parking lot and noticed a garden which was the path to the quaint little restaurant. Walking through this beautifully laid out garden helped me release all my stress from the day. That lunch was a few years ago, and Fiore Market Café has become one of my favorite ...

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Stuffed Acorn Squash


Acorn squash is an amazing winter squash.  It's sweet and buttery flavor allows for a lot of diversity in recipes.  If you saw the Chicken Sausage Dolmas recipe from last week, you will see a lot of similar ingredients.  This squash stuffing is identical to the beginning mixture found in the dolmas recipe.   ...

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top 25 local shops on the eastside

Favorites List

  Around this time of year many people write, edit, and discard lists of resolutions. We (A +E), however, write lists of exciting local places where we ate, drank, and shopped in the previous calendar year … and would like to continue frequenting. Past posts {link to amara} have mentioned a few of these favorite local haunts, but below is an extensive must-try tour of East LA. We would love to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions for further local adventures. Enjoy! Coffee ...

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Chicken Sausage Dolmas


I don't know if I have mentioned this, but my husband and I live with another couple and their baby (it helps when you live in Southern California). The other husband is part Syrian and has made something that he calls yebret (Mediterranean Grape Leaf Rolls). He recently made some, but had leftover grape I decided to make dolmas. We found a local Greek grocery store that carries grape leaves that are gluten and corn free.   I began by placing the grape leaves in a bowl and ...

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Meet Almond Glory


Recently I had the opportunity to sit with a friend and mentor of mine, Gayle Myers. Gayle is the owner and founder of a local Los Angeles gluten-free baked good company, Almond Glory. Like many entrepreneurs, Gayle Myers somehow fell into her business. Her story can be found on Almond Glory’s website. The reason that I asked Gayle to meet was to give me some insight in starting a company, balancing life, and having your home a gathering space. Gayle and her family have large gatherings ...

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