Gluten-free BPT Crackers

Made these crackers from home grown Basil. I used the Parmesan Cheese, Sundried Tomato from Costco.

**BPT – Basil, Parmesan Cheese, Sundried TomatoIMG_5864

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Bon appétit @ Le Papillon

We visited Le Papillon with our friends for a triple date. The food and service was better than many Michelin starred restaurants in that area. We all dressed up as the place has a strict dress code.


We had an option to choose between 3 course, 4 course, and tasting menu. We went for few 3 courses and few 4 courses. We toasted with Bonnet-Ponson Brut.

It has a very intimate feel to the restaurant.

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Celebrating our 3rd in a 3 star

My hubby surprised me on our 3-year wedding anniversary by planning a dinner at Manresa. This was our first full-course tasting with wine pairing in a Michelin 3-star restaurant**.  A normal chef’s tasting menu (~15 courses) was for $275/person with a beverage pairing for $220/person. This place is tucked inside Village Lane in Los Gatos, but not too hard to find.

They had the tastiest amuse bouche, and mind-blowing beverage pairings. Since I am slightly allergic to white wines I chose a red wine pairing while my hubby went with the sommelier’s recommended pairing. The tasting menu at Manresa features an explosion of flavors while their wine list, distinctive and individual wines from the great classic regions. Our menu was the “Winter Garden”.  We spent close of 4 hours in the restaurant (7pm – 11 pm).

** Michelin stars are a rating system used by the red Michelin Guide to grade restaurants on their quality.  According to Jean-Luc Naret, the Director of the “Guide Michelin” 

  • One Star: With one star, you’ve one of the best restaurants in your category. A very good restaurant in its category
  • Two Stars:  Two stars mean this restaurant is worth traveling for.  A nationwide clientele. Excellent cooking, worth a detour 
  • Three Stars: Three stars makes your restaurant truly exceptional. Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey

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Pineapple upside down suᴉɟɟnɯ..

Made these for a late night dessert today.



1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large egg whites
1⁄2 cup pineapple juice
1⁄2 cup milk

Upside down part:

4 tablespoons butter
6 tsp brown sugar
1 cup fresh pineapple pieces

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