• Posted by Califia Suntree on April 23rd, 2012, 10:13 AM

    I am a huge fan of enamel-coated cookware. It’s a superior alternative to nonstick, doesn’t react with acids or wine like cast iron will, and is just so darned pretty. But unless you turn to eBay, Le Creuset and its ilk have been the only game in town enamelwise. But now the extremely delectable online shop Ancient Industries has started selling a wide assortment of Austrian-made enameled steel cookware in charming pastel hues. Offerings include a sunny yellow omelette pan, a raspberry-pink “porridge pot,” and a perfect colander (shown). The site features other hard-to-find British items like a spurtle—a stick specifically tailored for stirring porridge—and the apotheosis of tea pots, the Brown Betty.

    Ancient Industries | U.S. Shop.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on March 6th, 2012, 2:50 PM

    Ever since Edible Los Angeles folded in 2009, the city has been without an Edible franchise. The Edible magazines–which won a collective 2011 James Beard Award for Publication of the Year–are part of Edible Communities, a centralized publisher that provides editorial and other support, as well as excellent design, for local food publications anywhere anyone wants to set one up. To date, they have almost 50 publications, from Allegheny to Wasatch and, now, the Westside of L.A.! It’s wonderful to have a local Edible again, and I’m happy to say that I have a piece in the premier issue, about my family’s long history with Santa Monica’s Warszawa restaurant. You can check out a digital version of the magazine here, or go here to see a map of where hard copies are available.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on February 26th, 2012, 10:29 AM

    Big congrats to Farmhouse Culture for winning this year’s Good Food Award in the Pickles category for their smoky-hot-zesty-fabulous Smoked Jalapeño Saurkraut. Santa Cruz-based Farmhouse Culture makes fantastic krauts from organic California produce, and the award is well-earned. Check out a Spooning recipe for a grilled cheddar cheese sandwich made with my top Farmhouse pick, the green apple kraut. If you want to play around with the award-winning Smoked Jalapeño kraut, try it on a turkey and Swiss cheese sandwich, or on a hot dog (mmmm), or as they suggest, use it to to make some dang tangy nachos! Check out the complete list of Good Food Award winners here.


    Good Food Winner! – Farmhouse Culture.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on January 13th, 2012, 12:01 PM

    I have been waiting for some clever charlie to figure this out. Single-cup brewers have been an environmental nightmare, what with roughly 5 billion of those damned “coffee pods” ending up in landfills in 2011. The pods are neither recyclable nor compostable, but now, finally, there is a reusable option for Keurig machines. Fill the pod your own grounds, to your desired strength, and brew away one cup at a time, if that’s your thing.


    Ekobrew Reusable Filter for Keurig Single Cup Brewers.

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