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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  • Gilberto Cetina just published the first English cookbook, Sabores Yucatecos, on Yucatecan food based on recipes he cooks at his Los Angeles restaurant Chichén Itzá. Photo: Linda Mensinga

    Sabores Yucatecas: A Culinary Tour of the Yucatán

    Gilberto Cetina just published the first English cookbook, Sabores Yucatecos, on Yucatecan food based on recipes he cooks at his Los Angeles restaurant Chichén Itzá. Published 6:57 p.m. January 13, 2012 - Comments

     
  • After the indulgence of holiday celebrations, some healthy eating may be in order. Even those who relish every rich, fattening dish, cookie, pie or chocolate will be ready for some healthy detox.

    Healthy recipes for 2012 from True Food Kitchen and Second Story

    After the indulgence of holiday celebrations, some healthy eating may be in order. Even those who relish every rich, fattening dish, cookie, pie or chocolate will be ready for some healthy detox. Published 10:43 p.m. January 3, 2012 - Comments

     
  • Red Medicine is arguably LA’s most avant-garde restaurant. Matching their food with Maker’s Mark, the godfather of super premium Kentucky bourbon led to inspired food and cocktails.

    Maker’s Mark + Red Medicine dinner combines tradition and innovation

    Red Medicine is arguably LA’s most avant-garde restaurant. Matching their food with Maker’s Mark, the godfather of super premium Kentucky bourbon led to inspired food and cocktails. Published 8:59 p.m. December 15, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Currently ablaze with 3.6 million lights in a Christmas wonderland, the Historic Mission Inn’s history and architecture make a visit a must for anyone visiting California’s Inland Empire.

    Dazzling any time of year: the Mission Inn at Christmas

    Currently ablaze with 3.6 million lights in a Christmas wonderland, the Historic Mission Inn’s history and architecture make a visit a must for anyone visiting California’s Inland Empire. Published 7:59 p.m. December 7, 2011 - Comments

     
  • The crunchy streusel topping makes these moist muffins are extra yummy. Pastry cook Suzanna Hoang shares this recipe and her thoughts about pumpkins.

    Pumpkin apricot muffin recipe with pine nut streusel

    The crunchy streusel topping makes these moist muffins are extra yummy. Pastry cook Suzanna Hoang shares this recipe and her thoughts about pumpkins. Published 6:21 p.m. November 30, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Delicious, vegan alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving or anytime, this squash pie is dense, lit with spices and topped with whipped coconut cream.

    Squash pie recipe from True Food Kitchen

    Delicious, vegan alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving or anytime, this squash pie is dense, lit with spices and topped with whipped coconut cream. Published 11:41 a.m. November 18, 2011 - Comments

     
  • The freshest seafood rolls in with SlapFish, one of most popular food trucks now roaming the streets in southern California.

    Food Truck Fever - SlapFish

    The freshest seafood rolls in with SlapFish, one of most popular food trucks now roaming the streets in southern California. Published 3:49 p.m. November 11, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Ms. Arpaia shared some thoughts recently in this column and now offers an apple cake recipe with a childhood favorite, Cream of Wheat.

    Upside down apple cake recipe by Donatella Arpaia

    Ms. Arpaia shared some thoughts recently in this column and now offers an apple cake recipe with a childhood favorite, Cream of Wheat. Published 9:33 p.m. November 2, 2011 - Comments

     
  • This version of our beloved mac & cheese from Chef Andrew Copley, co-owner of Palm Springs’ Copley’s on Palm Canyon, is perfect for the holidays.

    Butternut squash macaroni & cheese recipe

    This version of our beloved mac & cheese from Chef Andrew Copley, co-owner of Palm Springs’ Copley’s on Palm Canyon, is perfect for the holidays. Published 6:00 p.m. October 28, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Casual, family-friendly Rosti Tuscan Kitchen serves Italian specialties with entire separate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus.

    Rosti Tuscan Kitchen–veggie friendly Italian

    Casual, family-friendly Rosti Tuscan Kitchen serves Italian specialties with entire separate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus. Published 6:11 p.m. October 26, 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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