california grapes demo with chef marcela valladolid


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

8 Responses

  1. Sounds like a fun event. I love all the details in your reviews, and your honesty (Roasted grapes are kinda gross.) That was a crazy storm. We were down at the bay with our grandkiddos, and for awhile it was fun playing in the rain, then the wind and lightening got intense and we scurried out of there. Saw that backed up traffic from the trees down on 163 in time to find another route home.

    • mary says:

      Hi Donna – Thanks! I always try to be honest in my reviews. The weather was nuts that day. The wind was so strong! Glad you didn’t get sick in the crazy traffic.

  2. I almost went to that event but then remembered I had something else going on that day! The food all looks amazinggg. I love grapes in salads and I actually like roasted grapes, even though they do get a big squishier and all. The views from the hotel are absolutely spectacular, I remember the sunset was unreal after that storm. What a scenic little city we live in 🙂

  3. I”ve not had roasted grapes before. Interesting. The only time I’ve used grapes in a recipe is whenever I make curried chicken salad or just want to put them in a green salad. I liked how you described each dish. As for that view of the city below, yikes! Vertigo time, ha ha.

    • mary says:

      Hi CC – I’m pretty sure I never need to have roasted grapes ever again. Tasted too much like raisins to me. I never really thought about adding grapes to things before this event honestly. But I liked the little bit of sweetness they brought to the dishes we sampled.

      Oy, yeah, total vertigo! I freaked myself out a little after taking that photo!

  4. Faye says:

    Roasted grapes sound terrible. But I’m not a fan of any roasted fruit in general.

    I always thought Marcela V was the cutest little chef. Does she still have a cooking show?

    “Spring rolls are just a vessel for peanut sauce” …AMEN. I love peanut sauce. More so than the actual spring rolls. The pic of those spring rolls was mesmerizing.

    • mary says:

      Roasted grapes = gross. Tastes to close too raisins for me!

      Marcela is on a new show, she hosts it with a few other chefs. I haven’t seen it. It seems like a cooking talk show.

      I love peanut sauce!

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