Reena Retuta

As a Culinary Adventurist, getting her hands into food before it gets onto the plate comes naturally to Reena. She spit-roasted her first whole pig at the age of eight, harvested hazelnuts in Italy, butchered a lamb at a ranch in Australia, spent a summer splitting open live lobsters at a traveling pop-up kitchen in Holland, and visits a small vineyard along the central California coast to make wine and olive oil each year. She’s determined to find the elusive white truffle in her lifetime. A graduate from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, Reena holds a deep appreciation for cultural traditions in food, and her favorite simple pleasure is sharing a meal al fresco.

Puerto Vallarta: A Satisfying Adventure

Puerto Vallarta is a bustling beach town along the Pacific coast nestled at the “hip” of Mexico. It will be a challenge to stick to the few relaxing things on your itinerary when planning a trip here. This destination offers what you are looking for in a sun soaked getaway with plenty left to discover.

Utah Destinations You Didn’t Know About

From its gritty heyday, to one of the renowned film festival destinations, Utah not only beckons the adventurers to the great outdoors, its sleepy cities have grown diverse in entrepreneurship, budding with popular native and international flavors alike, even local craft alcoholic beverages, it’s no wonder many flock to Utah as an all-around destination; some even come to stay.

Detox Cocktails

While some choose to embark on dry January, others may simply seek healthier options this month. We’d like to suggest a selection of (dare we say) health-conscious cocktails packed with restorative, antioxidant-rich and detoxifying ingredients such as turmeric, mugwort, matcha and carrots.

How to Flavor with More Herbs and Spices, and Less Salt

Welcome to 2017. Yes, the new year is here, and everyone is trying to stick to their lists of physical improvement. This year, on top of committing to that gym membership, let’s also consider what we are putting into our bodies. It does not have to be a bland torture. Here are different cuisines and their common herbs and spices to add plenty of flavor to food with just a pinch of salt.

Brining Tips For a Juicy Thanksgiving Bird

If “Turkey Anxiety” was a real term, it’s a mutual feeling all Thanksgiving hosts share. Nothing is more disappointing than slicing into a dry bird after hours of anticipation. Make sure this doesn’t happen! Brining is the secret to preparing perfect poultry. Here are the basic rules of how to brine.

6 Elegant Ways to Poach Pears

Poached pears are an elegant, light, and delicious way to add sweetness to the end of a dinner. Try these 6 simple and creative ways to poach pears for a lovely dessert.

Autumn Culinary Bucket List: Black Sheep Inn and Spa

Nestled along Finger Lakes in central New York, Black Sheep Inn is a culinary getaway you want to treat yourself to. From artisinal cheeses, craft beers, and award-winning vineyards, to meeting local purveyors and learning where your food comes from, take a drive and feast on the autumn bounty.

5 Seasonally Inspired Pear Recipes

September squash? No. This time, it’s all about crisp and juicy pears at the peak of its flavor! Try these five seasonally inspired pear recipes for a main, dessert, or cocktail.

6 Ways to Barbecue Your Breakfast for Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend is kind of the last hoo-rah of the barbecue season. It’s also one of the last holidays to sleep in and leisurely make yourself breakfast. Combine the two, and we give you 6 ways to barbecue your breakfast!

Taste Peru: The Pisco Sour

Pisco is colorless to amber brandy produced by distilling grape wine into a high-proof spirit. In what ways can pisco be concocted for social lubrication, you ask? The pisco sour is a classic Peruvian chilled cocktail that is refreshing to sip on during warm days. Try this simple recipe and enjoy!

Featuring: Chef Vincent Lesage

Executive Chef Vincent Lesage of Angel Oak Restaurant has always found inspiration through art in the form of food since he was a little boy visiting the galleries and museums around his home in Paris. Finding his way to California and discovering the fresh bounty of the west coast has made his culinary palette even more colorful. Read about how his imagination brings it all together.

Featuring: Chef Justin Dain

Executive Chef Justin Dain is the mastermind behind the locally sourced culinary creations at PINE Restaurant located in the picturesque town of Hanover, New Hampshire. Read about his idyllic upbringing, creative mind, and benevolence through teaching others about his passion for using seasonal ingredients at the peak of their flavor.

A Day of Fire – Grilling from Brunch to Dinner

The days are longer, the nights are warmer, and there’s always an excuse to be outside. Yours is being on the grill. Think you’ve got some serious BBQ’ing skills? Here is the challenge! Whether your bronzed guests are laying out by the pool, hitting the waves, playing at the park, or you are hosting an al fresco soiree, keep them having fun in the sun all day long with these morning till sunset grilled meals!

All About L’escargot

There are many interesting delicacies around the world that need an acquired taste, one being escargot. Whoever thought to turn a slimy, slithering gastropod into a popular European amuse-bouche had to be quite…imaginative. In appreciation of National Escargot Day, here is the 101 on how to dine on this delicacy.

10 Mint Julep Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby

Distinctive hats, long gloves, and a beautiful show of well-dressed people equals the Kentucky Derby y’all. What’s the race without bourbon to sip on? While the crowd roars for their favorite horse and jockey to cross the finish line, delight in sipping on these variations of the refreshing mint julep.

Cinco Places To Get Your Tequila On

Funny thing is, Mexicans don’t celebrate this day as their Independence Day. Here’s a brief history lesson – On May 5th, 1862 the battle against the French to conquer Mexico was victorious, but at the loss of a small army, kind of like that Spartan movie, 300. On September 16th, 1821 it became officially recognized that Mexico became independent of any further European colonization. Fantastico! There are actually two good reasons to celebrate with tequila! Make this Thursday your Friday with these 5 cantinas to get your tequila on while celebrating Mexican Independence Day. Andale amigos!

Taste the Tropics with These Palm Fruits

Signature to the Los Angeles city skyline, sheen blades of green tower over avenues and boulevards. The palm tree is indicative of ideal climates, but little is known about the fruit it bears. Think drinking straight from a coconut is exotic enough to be Snapchat worthy? This lesson has just begun.

Hidden Historic and Rising Gems of Albuquerque

A culinary destination is not particularly the first thought that comes to mind when considering Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, while you’re on the hunt for some sterling silver and turquoise, the search may turn into exploring some of these hidden gems that will satisfy your appetite…