Genius in a Bottle: Get to know Spain through its wine

BY CARLOS CARDENASImagine sitting at your desk at work, eyelids heavy, the 2 o’clock hour approaching. Your mind wanders. Another coffee? Energy drink? Lament...

It’s as easy as chicken, salsa and cheese

After a crazy week of rain and flooding, I needed a simple, stress-free slowcooker recipe, preferably one with five ingredients or less.I found this...

Long live the queen: A look at chardonnay

BY CARLOS CARDENASIf cabernet is king of all grapes, then chardonnay is without question the queen. The result of a crossbreeding between pinot noir,...

Slow Cookin’ with Pete: A vegan-friendly alternative to a favorite comfort food

Slow Cookin' w/ Pete: Vegan ChiliOne reason I started slow cooking meals was to keep track of my diet.Two years ago, my doctor told...

Genius in a Bottle: California, Australia, Chile producing some of the best cabernets

BY CARLOS CARDENASCabernet has long been king in the wine community. One grape to rule them all, Cabernet Sauvignon holds its dominion over wine...

Slow cookin’ with Pete: Fast and easy slow cooker meatloaf

If I had to name my top five entrees, meatloaf would be on that list. Maybe not No. 1, but it is definitely among...

Genius in a Bottle: Decanting a bottle of house wine serves no purpose and...

BY CARLOS CARDENASThe restaurant industry isn’t easy work. But ask anyone who has worked in a restaurant for years and many of them will...

Namaste and suds: Annual Brew-seum to include yoga and beer event for first time

Yoga paired with beer may seem like a stretch, but local instructor Jackelin Treviño promises it can be fun.“It is going to be a...

Bodega’s Service Industry Night a chance to feature local culinary talent

Sundays are similar to Fridays in the food service industry after crews survived the rushes of the weekend, said owner and chef of Bodega...

Slow Cookin’ with Pete: Garlic mashed potatoes for Easter dinner

Owning a slow cooker has allowed me to try new things. Before my slow cooker, I would have never attempted to make mashed potatoes....