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Brother’s Bistro – Fallbrook, California – Meets San Francisco and New York

What delightful discovery for two foodies in a new town–lucky us.

We always ask the same question. “Where is the best food?” We rarely hear the reply the first time.

“What kind of food do you want, plain or fancy?” they usually ask.

Then we say “It does not matter,” please tell us where to find the most delicious tastes in town”. They told, we went and they were right!

As soon as we stepped trough the unassuming entrance we had that, “Ah Ha,” this is it, we found it feeling! The owner, Ron, was there to greet us. Amy, our waitress recommended a charming table on the terrace in the outdoor garden by a fountain. Then we saw the menu. I felt as I were back, basking in San Francisco’s food – lover’s paradise.

On the menu was Cioppino, my all time favorite dish, IF it is prepared right. Maralyn loves salmon, especially if is fresh and served in a golden, flaky puff pastry. The chef topped it off by serving spinach, mushrooms, shallot and caper dill sauce, Wellington style. I ate mine and some of hers.

There were over a dozen other temptations, but we always go back to our first choice. We normally scan the wine list. Yet, we sensed that Ron, the owner, a former New Yorker, would give us the best pairing advice. It was the perfect pinot noir and Chianti marriage with food. In fact it was ALL perfect. We food writers rarely use the word perfect.

Ron’s and Dee’s special twist on the traditional Italian salad caprese sent us over the moon to swoon out loud. Was it the capers, the vibrant color, or the fresh mozzarella? We do not know. I know I would fly and then drive seven hours again to taste it.

It only got better when our entrees, steaming hot and beautifully presented at the exact right moment appeared. We were so enthusiastic that a lady from a nearby table who was having an appetizer came over to ask what we were having. We insisted she taste. She stayed and had another. I heard her make a reservation for next week for four.

Brother’s Bistro is that kind of place. It is serene, yet with the pleasant buzz of happy, friendly diners. The owner appears at each table, then grabs a wine and chats after the meal. The wait staff takes photos. The patrons, friends and strangers, table hop, or sit quietly in the corner of the romantic setting.

Of course it is all about the food. My authentic cioppino topped any from the old San Francisco days. Dee used the freshest shellfish and fish brought in that afternoon from off the boat in near-by Oceanside. It was her sauce combination of rich tomato and red wine broth that I cannot duplicate. This dish would have been good out of a plastic cup, but it was served in an individual copper paella pan, keeping it hot, juicy and beautiful.

Besides being restaurant reviewers and food writers, we are both culinary judges. For once, we were not on assignment, so we are writing from our hearts and stomachs. After enjoying this exceptional evening, we were not surprised to discover Brother’s Bistro had recently won the Sterling Silver SCEPTRE award for the Italian Division from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association.

Special thanks to Linda Kissman of Kissman Consulting, lindakissam@aol.com. who knew just what we were looking for in a European type bistro – rustic, yet elegant in taste. Yes, the two experiences melt together at brother’s Bistro..

My only regrets were that the extraordinary chef, Ron’s wife Dee, was too busy creating culinary magic for a chat and a photo. My other is that I live across the country and will not be back soon, but who knows? I know Norm and Maralyn will be back in the area in a few weeks.

Brother’s Bistro, 835 S Main Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028 760 731-9761, http://www.brothersbistro.net/

Brenda Hill and Maralyn Hill write and travel together. They have co-authored three books, “Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel, INDIE Finalist, “Success, Your Path to a Successful Book,” and with French Master Chef Herve Laurent, “Cooking Secrets, The Why and How…”

‪Hawaiian Grown TV – Restaurant Week Hawaii – ‬PF Chang’s Bistro

Thethird annual Restaurant Week Hawaii will be a seven day celebration of the cuisine scene in Hawaii during November 15-21, 2010. From fine dining to fast-food, participating restaurants will feature special menu items, promotions and discounts. Diners can sample Hawaii’s newest restaurants, dine at old favorites and taste a variety of exceptional dishes now being prepared by Hawaii’s chefs using locally grown produce. Restaurant Week is a reminder that Hawaii is a culinary destination with top chefs, farm to table dining, wonderful wine and a lot more to discover and explore. The goal of Restaurant Week Hawai`i is to realize a vision of an advanced culinary campus—the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. Graduates of Hawai`i’s first four-year culinary program will go on to serve Hawai`i’s restaurant and hospitality industry and ultimately the greater community. A portion of the proceeds from Restaurant Week Hawaii will support the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. www.restaurantweekhawaii.com Philip Chiang was born in Shanghai and grew up in Tokyo, before relocating to San Francisco. In the early 1960s, his mother opened, The Mandarin, one of the first Chinese restaurants in the United States to serve Chinese food from regions other than Canton. The Mandarin became widely known for its high-end cuisine and eventually led to a second location in Beverly Hills. After graduating with a BFA at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Video: Yummy House China Bistro

www.chadsorianophotoblog.com A 1080p video shot with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D at 29.97fps. Edited with iMovie’11 and used Quicktime at best quality to compress a 499mb H264 video file. The Canon T3i was paired with the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens. Yummy House China Bistro in Tampa, FL features Hong Kong style cuisine with Executive Chef Tommy Tang and Co-owner John Zhao. Incorporating Chefs from San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas that create delicacies such as Sizzling Pork and the classic Salt and Pepper Calamari. Yummy House China Bistro is the upscale addition to the original favorite on Waters Ave in Tampa, Yummy House. www.chadsorianophotoblog.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5