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Go-to Girls for LA Gastronomy

July 24, 2017
Your Go-To Girls for LA Gastronomy are in fact, us ~ Lisa and Diane Scalia of Melting Pot Tours. These stories are like an armchair extension of our Tours.
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Origin of the taco al pastor

July 19, 2017
One of the things I love to share about LA’s vast culinary diversity is that Angelenos are blessed - beyond measure - that immigrants came here, and brought their food with them.
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Explore East L.A. Like a Local

July 7, 2017
When you join in on the East LA Latin Flavors Tour, you’ll find yourself in the incredible world of Latin flavors that have been heavily influenced by the Mexican cultura of the area. After you try the delicious flavors from various stops on your tour, stick around and explore more of what East LA has to offer.
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Chef Tila's Thai Tour

June 28, 2017
If you love Thai food, then a special food tour with local celebrity, Chef Jet Tila is just the thing for you.
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Unique Tours to Take in Los Angeles

June 9, 2017
Looking for a unique way to explore Los Angeles? If so, consider these tours that will give you another look at LA and will take you beyond Hollywood blvd. See LA like never before when you attend these tours.
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Bliss-Inducing Banana-Mango Bread

May 31, 2017
In my experience, foods that induce bliss are reminders that we live in a kind and benevolent Universe. When Mexico’s Champagne mangoes (also known as Ataulfo) begin showing up on produce stands in plentiful amounts, this theory is as good as guaranteed.
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Top Places to Shop and Eat in East Los Angeles

May 19, 2017
If you want to experience East L.A., one great way to do it is by going on a Latin Flavors Food tour and then stopping by the shops in East L.A. to spend the rest of your afternoon window shopping or buying the perfect top.
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May’s Best Strawberry Cake

May 15, 2017
Once upon a time, in the very early days of Melting Pot Tours, I was gifted with a 3-pack of fresh strawberries that inspired one of the best strawberry cakes ever.
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A Day of Family Fun and Spanish Cuisine

May 5, 2017
Wilson Park is an excellent place to get out, enjoy the weather, and enjoy a day with the family. At Wilson Park there’s lots to do that will keep your family entertained. For example, at Wilson Park you can stop by the Farmers Market for fresh produce or stop by the batting cages to try out your baseball skills.
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Spicy Coffee-rubbed Grilled Steak

April 29, 2017
‍If you, or those you love, love steak ... do I have a recipe for you.
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A Day in Old Town Pasadena

April 28, 2017
From shopping to enjoying delicious eats, Pasadena has it all!
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Family recipe files: Donna’s Macaroni Salad

April 7, 2017
There is much to be said for recipes that have a life of their own.
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Top Restaurants for an Easter Meal

April 7, 2017
With Easter just around the corner, it is a great time to consider enjoying a meal with family and friends. There are a variety of locations in Los Angeles to enjoy different cultural cuisines as well. From French to Spanish, come and enjoy the unique flavors that can be found in Los Angeles. Here are just a few options of restaurants where you can enjoy an easter meal.
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Triggering Travel and Food Memories

March 31, 2017
When flying, especially alone, my typical pastime is to browse through the airlines’ signature magazine.
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Happy Lunar New Year ~ Potstickers recipe!

February 10, 2017
This weekend marks the end of the two-week Lunar New Year celebration to welcome The Year of the Rooster.
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Family Recipe Files: Aunt Fran's Lentil Soup

January 29, 2017
One of my end-of-year (2016) promises to myself, was to clear out boxes of paper files that had two seemingly ridiculous reasons to live - collecting dust and taking up space in a corner of my home.
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Go-To-Girls for LA Gastronomy: Indian We Love

January 11, 2017
‍Your Go-To Girls for LA Gastronomy are in fact, us, Lisa and Diane Scalia of Melting Pot Tours. This is a new - albeit armchair - extension of our Tours.
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Mornings in and around the South Bay Beach Cities

November 30, 2016
Your Go-To Girls for LA Gastronomy are in fact, us - Lisa and Diane Scalia of Melting Pot Tours. Welcome to a new - albeit armchair - extension of our Tours.
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Coming Soon: “The GoTo Girls for LA Gastronomy”

November 11, 2016
Over breakfast earlier this week, at the Original Pancake House (we love things Original) in Redondo Beach, Lisa and I were musing over new topics for blog stories.
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Great News from Homegirl Gardens!

October 6, 2016
It has been said that if there is ever a chance for peace on earth, there must be urban gardens.
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Summer meets Autumn in a Soup Bowl

September 16, 2016
Now before you say anything - especially if you live in SoCal, feeling quite oppressed from the heat and humidity right now - something that equals even more summer is actually good news.
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Last Summer Blast: Fruit Pudding Cake

September 9, 2016
While the local (and Original) Farmers Markets are still brimming with the last of the summer fruit varieties, this week our recipe is for one of the best cakes on the planet
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Aleppo Pepper Obsession

September 9, 2016
When I write about something I’m obsessed with, I always like to recall when I first fell in love with that something.
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Trendy enough? Avocado Toast with Duck Bacon

August 30, 2016
In another life, I was Consulting Chef for what I called the Avocado Board. This agency represented avocado growers from California and Chile, and engaged my chef services for recipe development, events, and food styling for television.
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Fabulous Art in Boyle Heights

August 18, 2016
It gives Melting Pot Food Tours great pride and joy to play a role in the ongoing development of the 1st Street Corridor in Boyle Heights, right at the Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line station.
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A New Vinaigrette Obsession

April 14, 2016
At least one new food obsession per week is ... not that unusual for me.
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Corazon y Miel = Heart & Honey

April 2, 2016
It is always such a joy, pleasure, and especially an honor ... to dine at a restaurant that comes passionately referred by a trusted friend.
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Green Smoothie, Celebrity Style

March 17, 2016
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, which signature is typically more about throwing caution to the wind than amping up health benefits ;-)
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Salmarejo ~ A Soup for Romance

February 10, 2016
Just in time for Valentine's Day, which is my favorite holiday of the year, my recipe here is one that I have served to couples ever since I returned from Madrid where, I actually had it on a date.
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Argentina and Italy do lunch

January 23, 2016
It’s fun when two world food cultures meet on one plate. At least I think so. Especially when they play nicely and are really compatible, in a seriously delicious way.
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Spiced Chocolate Souffles

January 13, 2016
At the onset of each new year, while most normal people resolve to eat less sweets and avoid calories ... I always crave chocolate cake.
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Merchants We Love

November 7, 2015
Our “Merchants We Love” series appreciates those who generously contribute to the success of our tours by hosting our wonderful guests week after week.
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Happy Birthday Kip's Toyland!

October 17, 2015
The 70th birthday party for Kip’s Toyland - a true “neighborhood toy store” run by 3 generations - had been planned for months.
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Mezes ~ Food of the gods

October 15, 2015
Whenever I visit an art museum, I come away entirely inspired to create new menus and recipes. I wonder why that is ...
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If I were his Chef

September 30, 2015
Chef Di’s SportsBites: If I were their Chef series has a temporary home on our Melting Pot Tour’s blog, during this new season of world football (soccer) and spectacular recipes!
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Divine Redirection, Latin Style

August 12, 2015
Unlike last time, upon last-minute notice to host a tour, it did not occur to me that magic would happen.
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Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

June 9, 2015
It’s not all that unusual for me to decide that I’m hungry, open my refrigerator, and act accordingly.
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Magic meets a Melting Pot Food Tour

June 2, 2015
Just after it crossed my mind to write another story about how amazing our tour guests are, I was gifted with inspiration to craft a new chapter.
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If I were his Chef

May 19, 2015
Chef Di’s SportsBites: If I were their Chef series has a temporary home on our Melting Pot Tour’s blog, during an exciting period for world football (soccer) and, spectacular recipes!
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Deconstructed Fish Tacos

May 7, 2015
Fish tacos are such a quintessential specialty of southern California. The tacos part naturally has much to do with our close proximity to Mexico, not to mention Mexican Spaniards having founded and settled our City of Angels.
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Merchants We Love

April 25, 2015
Our “Merchants We Love” series appreciates those who generously contribute to the success of our tours by hosting our wonderful guests week after week.
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Such a Delicious Vegan-esque Pasta Alfredo!

April 25, 2015
In a previous life - not all that long ago - I was Tapas Bar Chef at BarComida in Redondo Beach.
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Expensive as a Diamond Ring

September 22, 2014
Among the most famous and expensive of the precious caviar eggs, Almas (“diamond” in Russian) costs $25,000 for 1 kg or $700 per ounce.
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How Chaya Invented Tuna Tartare

August 1, 2014
‍If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Corporate Executive Chef Shigefume Tachibe can consider himself and his tuna tartare creation very flattered indeed.
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Melting Pot Food Tours Got Kosher!

May 7, 2013
When Lisa and I were generously invited to LA’s GotKosher Cafe and Catering to explore how they elevated kosher cuisine to the realm of the sublime, we were very intrigued and brought some friends along!
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Where Else to Eat in LA: Long Beach

October 26, 2012
‍In keeping with this new theme of enlightening the masses ;-), here is a short and sweet post about three more favorite dining haunts that LA foodies and visitors really deserve to know about.
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Merchants we Love

October 11, 2012
Our “Merchants We Love” series appreciates those who generously contribute to the success of our tours, by hosting our wonderful guests week after week.
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Where Else to Eat in LA: Garden-to-Table

August 11, 2012
When asked which are my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles other than those on our food tour stops, my answer is usually a unique one.
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Cool off with Green Gazpacho!

July 31, 2012
Last summer, when poking around to find the perfect recipes when I took the reins as Tapas Chef at BarComida.
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Summer Recipes for Cooling Off

July 11, 2012
Inspired by our own Melting Pot Food Tours guide extraordinaire and Green Globetrotter Kendall Tuchkova, with her contribution to this month’s Melting Pot Food Tours
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