a new leaf

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Sources, Eating Out, Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten -
a new leaf

When New Year’s resolutions lose their novelty it might be time to turn over a new leaf. This year I resolved to get healthy, and not for the short run but for life. I’m a pretty healthy person but I wanted to hold myself accountable. One of the ways I’m doing just that is by keeping a detailed food diary. “A moment on the lips forever on the list
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brutal winter

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Sauces and Such, Sources, Eating Out, Posted on February 16, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten -
brutal winter

This one has been one for the record books. Polar plunges. Incredible ice storms. And my dear mom’s heath battle. She is a fighter and a champ, but like this winter it’s been a relentless rollercoaster. It’s hard to find your footing when you feel like you’re constantly skating on thin ice. Having my folks so far away has been difficult. They are
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tinsel town

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Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Eating Out, Posted on February 17, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
tinsel town

Back to the desert from a whirlwind tour of Los Angeles. Moved my recent college grad into her West Hollywood apartment. Had an incredible Peruvian meal at Picca. Sat on a plush couch while Elvis Costello played a mere feet away. Paid seven dollars for twenty minutes to run in and have a cup of coffee with my UCLA daughter. And an unexpected
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let the games begin

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Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Eating Out, Posted on December 3, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
let the games begin

Good friends invited us over for “game night”. I squashed my inner reluctance, being a party game novice, and said we’d love to. When my husband asked what were doing Friday night he was thrilled with where we were going but baulked at the evening’s scheduled activities. I tried to sound optimistic when he put down his foot, literally. I was a bit
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don’t burrata the point

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Eating Out, Posted on September 7, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
don’t burrata the point

Not to berate mozzarella but who wouldn’t opt for it’s high-end counterpart? Burrata is not new to me but for some reason on my recent trip to LA this wonderful cheese was seemingly everywhere.
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jump for joy

resurrecting  the cocktail party- i’ll drink to that
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Eating Out, Posted on August 17, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
jump for joy

No more Yogi Berra and his deja vu all over again. The deal is done, title transferred, money is in the bank- no small feat considering it was a cash deal from an Italian bank. Time to give thanks. After the big guy upstairs, a shout out needs to go to my real estate agents. Feels like we’ve been on an epic session of speed dating.
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short but sweet (or savory)

resurrecting  the cocktail party- i’ll drink to that
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Eating Out, Posted on August 10, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
short but sweet (or savory)

Great news- move is done and my daughter and I are in the Cleveland carriage house apartment for a couple days while I wrap up the house sale. Tonight our besties are coming by to see the new digs and have a quick glass of wine before we head over to fire for dinner. How great that my best bud is the mom of my daughter’s!
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setting the date

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Dinner Party, Eating Out, Posted on July 8, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
setting the date

Sometimes it’s easier to plan a spur of the moment party than trying to get one on the books weeks or months in advance. More often than not the busiest of folks can find a last minute opening in an otherwise over-scheduled calendar. Happily one of these synergetic moments is happening for us this Sunday night.
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