Author Archives: Melissa Gonzalez

Melissa Gonzalez

About Melissa Gonzalez

Forever in a food frenzy is her yelp tagline! Her love for food is simple: She doesn't discriminate. She likes to try it all.

San Diego Restaurant Week Review:
The Red Door

While some people use restaurant week as an excuse to go to their favorite restaurant, I always use it as an excuse to try a new one. The Red Door isn’t new to San Diego though, it opened its doors in Mission Hills 2 ½ years ago and has been receiving enthusiastic reviews ever since.


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Love Connection

I was a lucky gal to attend the class Love Connection: Gourmet Mac and Pinot Noir as part of this year’s San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival.  I’m from Wisconsin and I love me some mac ‘n’ cheese.  Chef Rich Sweeney of R Gang Eatery presented, taught, and cooked us this comfort food three ways.  He also charmed us with his wit and jovial personality.  Anglim Winery was also present for the class, pairing each mac dish with two different pinot noirs.  …

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Brie Kissed with Brown Sugar

What do brie and kahlua have to do with one another?  Not a lot, but these two marry so well together when they are warmed up and kissed with brown sugar.  This is another amazingly easy recipe that will make you look good!  And while the presentation isn’t exactly pretty, it won’t matter when it melts in your mouth… Brie and Kahlua Merge and Melt Slice of brie, approx 8 oz. ½ cup sliced almonds ¼ cup brown sugar 3-4 …

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Divine Butternut Squash Dip

There are 101 ways in which to use squash, but if you make just one this holiday season, I urge you to try this one.  With only two non-staple kitchen ingredients, it is convenient on the fly and so easy to prepare.  What I really love is that in its simplicity, it tastes divine. Butternut and Goat Cheese Dip 1 lb cooked and cubed butternut squash (I use butternut in a bag, which is ready in 3 minutes via the …

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One Damn Good Cocktail

What do apples, squash, and spirits have to do with one another? Fall and the Holidays, of course. This often means entertaining, and entertaining means cooking. While some of us love to cook and can spend a whole day preparing for a party, others of us just want really good food that can be made really quickly.

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Restaurant Week in Review:
Market Del Mar

I didn’t want to get too excited. It was Restaurant Week and I was finally going to a restaurant I had been meaning to try for quite some time.  And then there are expectations. Once you know the name Carl Schroeder, you might have expectations too. He is the Executive Chef at Market and was honored with the James Beard award (the Oscars of the food world) and featured in the likes of Bon Apetit and Gourmet magazines, and the …

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