Archive for the ‘Back Stage Tours of Restaurants’ Category

I Flipped For It

April 12, 2010

This post is dedicated to places and things that I flip for because I love something about them. I will list what it is and why I love them. I am not wanting to complain about others but merely to applaud steps I see in the right direction or to express gratitude to others. You can try it for yourself and let me know what you think. is a great website to learn about all kinds of fruits and vegetables. They have them listed by photo and name. When you click on it, you will get information on what to look for when picking it out, what the health benefits are, and suggestions on how to store it and cook it.

Portos in Glendale. This is an amazing success story. Betty Portos and her family run this delicious bakery and cafe. Her parents started with one small store on Brand Blvd. With their hard work and dedication to quality products, Portos has expanded to 2 large stores including a cafe. There are long lines to taste the wonderful treats that come out of the kitchen. Betty has a warm and inviting personality and personally gave my young chefs a tour of the bakery and a special tour of the underground set up that they have for the cake decorators.

Healthy Cheetos at Whole Foods there is a Cheese Puff that looks like Cheetos and has the same crunch with out all the junk in the ingredients list. I love the fact that they are oven baked. They have a low sodium count and is the 365 Brand (that is Whole Foods brand) If you have a child that love cheese puffs give these a try and I’m sure you’ll love them too.

Gluten Free Almond Cracker by Blue Diamond. I found these during my Autism Awareness Guacamole demo. I needed something for the kids to dip into the guacamole that was gluten free. My kids love these. I buy the one that has a hint of sea salt. Remember lower in sodium is better for you.

Dried Unsweetened Unsulfured Mango slices at Trader Joe’s. These are a great snack to keep in your purse, pack in your kids lunch, or take on car rides. I love the fact that they are unsulfured and unsweetened. You need to watch for those words. Although sulfur will keep your dried fruit looking pretty by keeping the colors, it is not healthy for you. Sulfur is a preservative.

The Dish in La Canada is a cozy restaurant that we go to often. Kevin, the owner, and Sasha, the pastry chef, were kind enough to have my cooking class come and get a tour and make a delicious Red Velvet cupcake. Some of the kids’ creations were so perfectly frosted it looked like it should be in the showcase. The Dish is a local favorite and often seen supporting various community events. Kudos to them.


My Cooking Class Schedule

February 10, 2010

Another Whole Foods Free Demo

On May 15th (Sat) The Hastings Ranch Whole Foods will be hosting an Autism Awareness Day. I will join them for this event.

Then on May 22. (Sat) at Hasting Ranch Whole Foods again, I will be teaching Healthy After School Snacks. They can also be used as a light lunch or food that the kids can make at a playdate.

Calling all young chefs…
Come join us for this hands-on, fun class where kids and adults together will learn about kitchen safety, table manners, and, most importantly, how to make some tasty treats! Recipes will include something special for Mother’s Day. Students in the 7-10 year old class will also participate in a special field trip on the last day of class to local Italian restaurant for a special behind-the-scenes look!
Reading never tasted so good!
Please let us know in advance of any food allergies.

Spring: April 30-May 21
Friday 1:15-2:30 pm
Age: 3-6 with an adult

Friday 3:15-4:30 pm
Age: 7- 10

Instructor: Sonia Chung
Fee: $100 for the 4 week session (includes all materials)

Summer Cooking Camp

Finger Food From Around the World

Going beyond the chicken nugget. My summer camp will be a wonderful chance for your young chefs to make some tasty treats from around the world.

We will make cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches and mini scones from England, Bruschetta from Italy, gyozas from Japan, shui mai from China,

Summer: July 12-16
Monday through Friday

Age: 3-kindergarten with an adult 10:0-11:15 am
Age: 1st Grade – 4th Grade 12:00-1:15 pm

Instructor: Sonia Chung
Fee: $100 for the 5 day session

Register on the Community Center’s website

A Valentine Gram that will energize you and the one you love.

I am teaching a Valentine Gram class over at the Community Center of La Canada Flintridge. The crossroads are Foothill Blvd. and Chevy Chase. The center is located on the south west corner. We will be making Crunchy Granola with Maple Syrup, Almonds, and Cranberries. And heart shaped rice crispy treats with a healthy twist of Cherios added.

Class is on Wed, Feb 10th from 3:30-4:45. Fee is $25 Participants get one bag to take home and others can be purchased for $5

Call 818 790-4353 or go online at to register

March starts a new 4 Fridays class series. We will be getting a backstage tour of a restaurant too. The March recipes will be spinach tortellini with pesto, teddy bear biscuits, and stone soup. I have just added an April cooking class too. From April 16-May 7th. We will make a special love gift that you can give a special mom/grandma in your life. The classes are for Kids age 3 -10. I hope you have a chance to join the fun.

4 Fridays in March

preschool 1:15-2:30 ;  age 6-10 3:15-4:30 Please list any allergies. You will need to sign a waiver for your young chef to appear on tv. See the exciting note below.