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...

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...

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: 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...

Surgery has surprisingly been a treatment for Type 2 diabetes

BY Dr. Mario del Pino and Diana F. Ramirez | Special to The MonitorDoctors were not expecting that gastric bypass could eliminate diabetes. In...

Genius in a Bottle: What’s your favorite wine? It depends on the season

BY CARLOS CARDENASWorking as a wine professional, I’ve been asked many interesting questions, but by far the most difficult is, “What is YOUR favorite...

Former engineer walks away from career to sell coffee

When Michelle Quiroz walked away from a 12-year career in engineering to pursue her passion of coffee, it wasn’t without apprehension.Some questioned her resignation...