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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…”

Chinese Celebrate “Year of the Rat” in California

CHAN: The “Year of the Rat” began yesterday with celebrations in full swing not only in China, but all over the globe, as over 35 million overseas Chinese join the festivities. In the US state of California, a vibrant celebration was held at the Chua Thien Han Temple in Los Angeles, while grand parades were held in San Francisco. Let’s check out the fun. STORY: The “Year of the Rat” is considered by some Chinese to be unusual because of the rat’s perceived unattractiveness, though those born in the “Year of the Rat” aren’t necessarily deemed “unlucky.” [Catherine Lo, Celebrating Chinese New Year in LA]: “Actually, I heard that people who are ‘rat’ are quite smart in literature and in terms of art, so they’re actually very skilled. Whereas a lot of predictions are that they’re lazy or that they have bad fortune, but actually a lot of famous people are in the rat year.” In traditional style, incense burned, while Chinese lions danced at a temple made to honor Chinese goddess Lin Meng in LA’s Chinatown. The show ended with a grand finale of snapping firecrackers. Several celebrations lasting through the weekend have been planned, including a parade through downtown LA on Saturday. Meanwhile San Francisco’s Chinese New Year parade boasts a golden dragon manned by more than 100 martial artists, as well as an appearance by this year’s newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA For many, Chinese New Year represents happy memories of childhood and a chance to reconnect with family. [Jackie
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Chinatown – Los Angeles, California, United States

tripwow.tripadvisor.com – Created at TripWow by TravelPod Attractions (a TripAdvisor™ company) Chinatown Los Angeles Though much smaller than the Chinese neighborhoods of New York and San Francisco, great food and numerous small Chinese specialty stores still abound in Chinatown. Read more at: www.travelpod.com Travel blogs from Chinatown: – “… Stopping in Chinatown for some lunch with some BaoZi a type of steamed bun I’d gotten to know well in China we continued on to Pasadena a …” – “… We also took a look around Chinatown and generally just walked miles and miles around what is a really beautiful city I would just like to say thank you …” – “… very tempting but we managed to hold off – still no celeb spots, how can it be??? After a hard days shopping we went to Chinatown for dinner with some friends and then went to a trendy LA hangout – Urth Bar Came back early to pack and get prepared for …” Read these blogs and more at: www.travelpod.com Photos from: – Los Angeles, California, United States – San Francisco, California, United States Photos in this video: – “Chinatown ik heb er inmiddels al zo veel gezien” by Tourontour from a blog titled “Hollywood en vliegen” – “Bay Bridge from Chinatown, San Fran” by Rtwexplorer from a blog titled “USA” – “Dragons fighting-entrance Chinatown” by Billandkaz from a blog titled “LA – Swimmin’ Pools – Movie Stars!” – “LA’s Chinatown” by Jo21 from a blog titled “City Without a Soul” – “Entry to Chinatown” by Billandkaz from