Fall For That Sweet Tooth

Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company was inspired by a pregnant woman craving freshly made cotton candy. Now you can take pleasure in any kind of sweet Tasty Cloud has to offer.

With autumn here Joonbug was glaring at the Caramel Apples. Available in red or brown caramel, Tasty Cloud uses fresh apples and covers them in cereal crunch or peanuts. Tasty individually wraps them for that sweet tooth on the go or you can just eat it right there and then.

Not a candy apple fan. Well, the cotton candy is offered in more than pink and blue flavors. Try pink vanilla, cherry, strawberry, watermelon, bubblegum, blue raspberry, orange, grape, banana, lemon, pina colada, lime and apple.

Candied Apple Pie Cheesecake

Thanks to the people at Kraft Food, there are three of the best desserts all wrapped into one. Now this recipe serves 10 but you don't have to share if you don't want to.

Candied Apple Pie Cheesecake


1 cup crushed NABISCO Ginger Snaps
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
½ cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
2 eggs
1 cup apple pie filling, divided
½ cup PLANTERS Walnut Pieces, divided
½ cup toffee bits, divided
9-inch pie plate

Inspectors Crack Down on Food Trucks

There are about 9,500 food trucks and carts in Los Angeles and the health department wants to round them up with some rules. The rules will be the same as restaurants. The trucks will be required to post letter grades based on food inspections as well as file route maps. No more surprise location announcements via Twitter. The department wants field inspections possible at least one a year.

Inspectors will be able to shut down trucks that score less than a C for lack of basic safety and food cleanliness practices. This includes dirty counters, food left out, and unwashed hands. Food truck operators as not fighting the changes and believe posting a letter grade will be good for business. Matt Geller, vice president of the Southern California Mobile Food Venders Association, said, “It brings more legitimacy to an industry that is fairly new in the mainstream.”

Ongoing Wednesday Night Wine

62 Restaurant & Winebar
62 Wharf Street
Salem, MA
(978) 744-0062

Chef Antonio Bettencourt of 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar is at it again. He has partnered with several wine organizations to launch his ongoing Wednesday night series called “Bread, Salt, Wine.” Chef Bettencourt will open his restaurant up to guest free of charge offering, wine samples and complimentary hor d’oeuvres. His full “spuntini” (small snack in Italian, similar to tapas) will be free with a purchase of one of the wines during the tasting.

Union Square’s Bourbon Steak

Michael Mina has opened a new Steakhouse in San Francisco called Bourbon Steak. Slide into a plush Pullman-style booth and check out the menu of deluxe steaks and strong cocktails.

Try the Prather Ranch Lamb Chops (coriander yogurt, Muscat grape and panisse, isot chile gastrique) or Chef Min’s Falafel Burger (tahini sauce, tomato and cucumber relish). Not looking for meat, Bourbon Steak has Butter-Poached Main Lobster (sweet corn crepe, thai curry, citrus, basil).

Open for reservation, this hot spot is only open for dinner or the bar. The bar/lounge opens nightly at 5pm. Dinner is Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm – 10pm and Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm.

Bourbon Steak
at the Westin St. Francis
355 Powell St
(at Post)
San Francisco, CA 94102

Stop the New Years Resolutions

Think of every New Year's you have had since now. Bottle of champagne, plastic flute glass, counting down to a brand new year and midnight kisses, always promising yourself this year will be different. But New Year Resolutions are always broken.

Stop making those resolutions. You don’t need a new year to keep to those promises so, don’t waste your time. They will be forgotten in a few months anyway. Don’t set overconfident goals, just take more time this new year to laugh, drink and be merry.

Ghost Hunting at Dinner

On the search for more haunted locations to have a meal, try the Landmark Tavern. Located on 11th Avenue on 46th Street this eatery was built in 1868 by Patrick Henry Carley. Back than, it was an Irish Waterfront Saloon and there was no 12th Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Carley designed their establishment as a new saloon on the first floor and a sensible home on the second and third floors. Prohibition forced them to turn the third floor into a speakeasy.

Keeping the old New York charm this restaurant and bar has also kept some long time guest. One is Hollywood tough guy, George Raft, who grew up in Hell’s Kitchen. George haunts the bar with a Confederate Civil War veteran. This soldier was knifed in a fight and stumbled to the second floor to die in a bathtub that’s still there today. Last, the third floor is wondered by an Irish immigrant girl who died in her bed.

The Secret Wine Shop

This speakeasy-esque wine den doesn’t have a sign out front so look for the Prohibition Gothic façade of the 1920s warehouse. Step up to the big metal door and enter into The Secret Wine Shop. This is your own private tasting room where you can discover ambiguous wines by the glass or bottle for your personal satisfaction.

This safe haven is now open by appointment only but you’ll want to try it. The Secret Wine Shop is part wine tasting, part wine shop and part art gallery. Pull up a stool at the wooden table in the middle of the room and take a look at the ever changing menu with hard-to-find varieties of hand crafted California wines.

Don’t Break The Bank For Wings

With football season here it is time to enjoy some mouth-watering wings. This selection of restaurants/bars may break your piggy but not the bank.

Whiskey’s bar over on Arlington offers up 20-cent wings from 11:30a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. With a pile of napkins on the table the only thing you have to choose is honey buffalo or spicy.

If that not cheap enough try 15 cent wings every Monday night from 5p.m. until midnight at Brigham circle’s Penguin Pizza. If you have someone not in the mood for wings there is always their thin, crisp pizza.

Well Worth The Dinner

The Manhattan Bistro, located on Spring Street, is a great place to have dinner before heading out on the town in your Halloween garb. Have some French-American cuisine like grilled salmon, seared tuna, duck a l’orange and steak frites.

The Soho location’s ghostly sighting is a young woman named Elma Sands. Murdered in 1799 and thrown into a well that is now the restaurant’s basement. Sands presence doesn’t stay locked down below. She is known to break plates and throw bottles off of shelves.

The Manhattan Bistro
129 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

(866) 465-4750