A gem of a restaurant, a jewel of a chicken recipe

Hand written parton note

Mistral hand-written customer note

 

In French the word “mistral” means wind.

More specifically, the word is a noun used to describe a cold, dry, northerly wind that blows through the Rhône Valley and South France to the Mediterranean coast, mainly in the winter.

The neighborhood bistro

In Sherman Oaks, California, Mistral is the name of a warm and charming neighborhood French Bistro that settled down at 13422 Ventura Boulevard, in 1988. Continue reading

The questionable life of chicken tenders

chicken faceChicken tenders may not make the world go round, but they sure have been around the world from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and the Caribbean and every country imaginable.

 These well travelled tenderloins have been served grilled, baked and deep fried. They have been seasoned to perfection with everyday salt and pepper to exotic Tandori spice. Chicken tenders are truly versatile and can be served as an apt appetizer, scrumptious snack, delicious dinner and kid calmer.

But with all this talk about chicken tenders, I have just one question that has eluded me for years and has remained a mystery. The question is:  where did they come from? Continue reading

Sassy Mamas sizzles and cooks too

Vanessa Paul

Vanessa Paul

Vanessa Paul is one sassy mama.

She’s got true wit, beauty, intellect, passion – and she’s got a stage production opening in Los Angeles on February 13, 2015 called Sassy Mamas that is playful, brazen and oh so sassy!

So what makes this production sassy? In three words: unadulterated, female, fearlessness. Continue reading

New year, new you

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It’s how many of us start the new year.

We boldly and with all good intentions make resolutions, promises, goals, pledges, oaths and vows to improve the quality of our lives. For most of us the number one way to do that is by changing what we eat and how we move, you know exercise.

Some folks have decided to do it because they know they need too. Others are been admonished to do so by medical professionals. No matter what has inspired or impressed you into cleaning up your act, it’s not easy. Change never is. Continue reading