Culinary Quest

Culinary quest is the search for great cooking and dining opportunities. Chefs share insights and recipes, some of which are doable for home cooks. Every kind of restaurant is explored – from ethnic, fusion, dessert, fine dining and hole-in-the-wall locations. Adding a twist to a classic dish or an exotic ingredient keeps chefs fired up and diners interested as well.

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  • Gourmet Walks culinary walking tour of downtown Napa delivers some of the spectacular local flavors of artisan olive oil, bread, charcuterie and, of course, wine to participants who also get a healthy dose of local history. Photo: Linda Mensinga

    Chocolate, wine and cheese – a gourmet dream walk through downtown Napa

    Gourmet Walks culinary walking tour of downtown Napa delivers some of the spectacular local flavors of artisan olive oil, bread, charcuterie and, of course, wine to participants who also get a healthy dose of local history. Published 3:53 p.m. October 20, 2011 - Comments

     
  • While the professional Army has shown its value in relatively short, highly technological actions, its relatively low numbers put too much stress on the troops.

    Achiote marinated skirt steak recipe from Second Story

    While the professional Army has shown its value in relatively short, highly technological actions, its relatively low numbers put too much stress on the troops. Published 8:31 a.m. October 14, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Simmer up some comfort this fall with Old Vine Café’s Chef Mark McDonald’s recipe Butternut Squash & Leek Soup.

    Soups On - butternut squash & leek soup recipe

    Simmer up some comfort this fall with Old Vine Café’s Chef Mark McDonald’s recipe Butternut Squash & Leek Soup. Published 9:34 p.m. October 8, 2011 - Comments

     
  • This grilled peach salad with Chef Kendall’s homemade mozzarella is complemented beautifully by prosciutto, a lavender honey - ricotta drizzle and a sauvignon blanc vinaigrette.

    The Tipsy Peach recipe from Carpe Diem

    This grilled peach salad with Chef Kendall’s homemade mozzarella is complemented beautifully by prosciutto, a lavender honey - ricotta drizzle and a sauvignon blanc vinaigrette. Published 7:32 p.m. September 29, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Not just a wine bar, the food at Carpe Diem in Napa is eclectic, tasty and happy-making. 
Owner/chef Scott Kendall serves an inventive assortment of Small Bites and Bigger Bites meant to be sampled and shared.

    Carpe Diem - bold, eclectic menu

    Not just a wine bar, the food at Carpe Diem in Napa is eclectic, tasty and happy-making. Owner/chef Scott Kendall serves an inventive assortment of Small Bites and Bigger Bites meant to be sampled and shared. Published 11:04 p.m. September 24, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Carpe Diem Wine Bar in downtown Napa has grown a local following with an ever-evolving wine list and eclectic food menu.

    Life is short—Carpe Diem! Wine Bar, Napa

    Carpe Diem Wine Bar in downtown Napa has grown a local following with an ever-evolving wine list and eclectic food menu. Published 7:48 p.m. September 15, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Chef Michael Stebner prepared this savory, succulent salmon in his cooking class at True Food Kitchen.

    True Food Kitchen’s steelhead salmon recipe

    Chef Michael Stebner prepared this savory, succulent salmon in his cooking class at True Food Kitchen. Published 8:46 p.m. September 9, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Good fats vs. bad fats, which is which, how to cook with the best ones and make appetizing dishes were the topics of an enlightening cooking class at True Food Kitchen.

    Fat is not the enemy

    Good fats vs. bad fats, which is which, how to cook with the best ones and make appetizing dishes were the topics of an enlightening cooking class at True Food Kitchen. Published 5:38 p.m. September 9, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Ghiradelli is helping defeat breast cancer with fans of their Intense Dark chocolate bars. Their recipe for coconut almond torte is another way to enjoy their chocolate.

    Eat chocolate and help beat breast cancer

    Ghiradelli is helping defeat breast cancer with fans of their Intense Dark chocolate bars. Their recipe for coconut almond torte is another way to enjoy their chocolate. Published 1:10 p.m. September 2, 2011 - Comments

     
  • This refreshing summer cocktail was part of Pinot Provence’s annual Summer in Provence.

    Provençal martini recipe

    This refreshing summer cocktail was part of Pinot Provence’s annual Summer in Provence. Published 7:42 p.m. August 25, 2011 - Comments

     
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Linda Mensinga

Linda Mensinga

Linda Mensinga was editor of Culinary Trends for 15 years, now a contributing writer. Researching restaurants and hotels, she interviews the best and brightest chefs, not necessarily the most famous, to learn their secrets and recipes. Their talent and dedication ...

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Linda Mensinga was editor of Culinary Trends for 15 years, now a contributing writer. Researching restaurants and hotels, she interviews the best and brightest chefs, not necessarily the most famous, to learn their secrets and recipes. Their talent and dedication never cease to inspire her. 

Mrs. Mensinga is happily food obsessed and fortunate enough to be married to a chef. 

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