California Dreamin'

Don't worry, kids.

I've just been on vacation in California for the past week or so. After returning to North Carolina, I seem to have contracted a nasty cold/flu thing from somewhere. Most likely the plane :( Even though I am a believer in Airborne and Emergen-C it did not protect me as well as I had hoped.

When I am back up to speed (or at least a minimal crawl) I'll be back to cooking, posting, and having a good time. I really don't want to see me in the kitchen right now dripping all over everything.

As a matter of fact, the next week will be completely devoted to my California culinary adventures. There were plenty.

Until then...a teaser:

California is the bread basket of America. From the Sierra-Cascade region down to the San Joaquin Valley, a great variety of crops are produced here including fruits and nuts, vegetables, field crops, and livestock.

The Golden State is an epicenter of its own cuisines: California and New American. A fusion of culturally diverse and fresh foods characterize the region's facade that forced the rest of the nation to look at its eating habits.

A list of restaurants and venues visited:

Copia: The American Center for Food and Wine

Julia's Kitchen

Wine Spectator Greystone at Culinary Institute of America

Brix Restaurant & Wine Shop

Chez Panisse

Cafe Fanny

Dean & Deluca

Sutter Home

In N Out

Yosemite National Park

Sequoia National Forest

Sequoia National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. Hi there,
    Thanks for visiting my blog the other day! And yes, I would be very interested in hearing how your version of bobotie turns out. Did you say ground lamb? That sounds wonderful. By the way, I noticed you visited In N Out while in California. It's one of my guilty pleasures. If I lived in California, I would probably go at least once a week!!


  2. Good to have you back Nik!

    Hope your vacation was enjoyable.

  3. Karen: Yes, I did say ground lamb. I'm very excited about this new recipe. Also, it was my 1st time going to an In N Out. I wish we had them on the east coast!

    Mr Orph: Thanks! I had a memorable time!

  4. Nikki, I was wondering where you had disappeared to! Glad that you had such a good time, but sorry to hear that you're not feeling well now that you've arrived home. Take it easy (yeah, right!) and get better soon!


  5. Vicci: Thanks a lot! Today has been the best day all week! And it's nearly over.


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