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

Ali in the Valley is back-to-basics at its best

Alison Ball Kilmer , creator of "Ali in the Valley"

Alison Ball Kilmer, creator of “Ali in the Valley”

Alison Ball Kilmer may live in the valley – an area nestled northwest of the Los Angeles Basin – but her epicurean influence spreads far and wide.

Talk about a digital imprint – she has a pretty significant one from her YouTube video series to her writing endeavors.  Her wildly successful blog Ali in the Valley: Home grown cooking, down to earth living has an impressive following. It’s shaking up millennium thinking by demonstrating the value and virtue of getting back to the basics of wholesome food. Continue reading