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Food-Wine thumbnailThe 805 is home to various cuisines, the futher up the central coast you go you will find some fantastic wineries. We provide the insider scoops of restaurants and food festivals here in the 805 to create a great fine dining experience.

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Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village Hosts Monthly “In the Kitchen” Chef’s Table Dinner Series 
Executive Chef Jesse Hansen creates an exclusive menu featuring the market’s freshest ingredients in an intimate dining setting
 
Gather round Executive Chef Jesse Hansen’s dinner table at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. In the new monthly dinner series, aptly named “In the Kitchen” Chef’s Table, Chef Hansen features innovative, seasonal menus for an evening of culinary surprises and entertainment. Each month’s “In the Kitchen” Chef’s Table will feature an artisanal theme highlighting the best seasonal ingredients from hand-selected purveyors. The intimate dinner is limited to 24 guests and allows diners to interact with Chef Hansen throughout the evening. The dinner begins with a welcome reception at 6:30pm followed by a four-course dinner at 7:00pm with wine or cocktail pairings available. 
10 heart healthy foods that youll actually want to eat

What does oatmeal, beans and skinless chicken have in common? They are all heart healthy foods, yet don't do a whole lot to tantalize the taste buds. Fortunately, eating for heart health doesn't mean a life sentence of bland foods or boring flavors.

By thinking beyond the oatmeal box, you can reinvent your meals while keeping heart health top of mind. This is important for everyone because heart disease - which includes stroke and other cardiovascular diseases - is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

Mindful eating is one of the best ways to maintain heart health. With these 10 heart-healthy foods, you won't mind sitting down to a wholesome meal that supports the hardest working muscle in your body.

23453283 wideA great way to start your day is to add breakfast to your morning routine. But as we all know, routines can get dull fast, especially after you’ve been eating the same breakfast for a few months. If you find your family is in a breakfast rut, it may be time to switch things up and add some excitement to those early hours. 
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As a kid it didn’t get much better than grilled cheese, but today the standard falls a little flat. Fortunately, grilled cheese grows up with these delectable tips.

Think beyond the slice
The heart of any great grilled cheese sandwich is the cheese itself. Don’t limit yourself to plastic-wrapped options. Taste buds will dance when you blend different flavorful varieties. Some of the best options for a simply better grilled cheese include Havarti, Gouda, Muenster and Fontina.

Get decadent flavor without the guilt
Not all cheese is created equally. Try Arla cheese — a better-for-you cheese from a farm-to-fridge company. The naturally delicious cheese is made without any artificial flavors or preservatives and follows traditional recipes that have been handed down from generations.

Polish your cooking strategy
The perfect pairing to that awesome Havarti or Gouda is lightly toasted bread. To get a decadent crunch, try grilling both sides of the bread. Start by placing the plain bread slices on the skillet in oil to toast, then flip and add the cheese. Both sides get grilled and the cheese melts quicker.

 


21064724While 2016 is the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese calendar, in the world of food and nutrition, it’s the Year of the Egg.
21497332When it comes to mealtime, are you thinking fish? You should! Fish is the premiere natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are not naturally produced by the body and, therefore, must come from food. If you’re an expecting or breastfeeding mom, it’s even more important to eat fish because it’s a vital staple for optimal brain and eye development in babies, as well as brain and heart health for moms. Eating two to three servings of fish each week has also been shown to have a positive effect on developing babies’ and children’s IQs. Unfortunately, many mothers avoid eating fish based on fears associated with misinformation.
 

23120637Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it can often be the one that's hardest to fit into busy schedules. Even if you have time for breakfast, you may find yourself trading wholesomeness and quality for speed and convenience. However, having better-for-you breakfasts need not require a lot of time or effort. It can be as simple as making better and smarter choices.

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