Healthy Delicious Oatmeal Cookies

These Healthy Delicious Oatmeal Cookies are gluten-free, too! Can you believe it? Some of the best recipes have the fewest ingredients. You probably have everything you need in your pantry to make these cookies right now. This recipe makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies and goes together quickly. You don’t even have to use your electric mixer. My mom was cleaning out her bookshelf recently and she had a stack of cookbooks to give away…

For Lunch, Dinner, or Dessert…Bottega Louie!

There are few restaurants that I want to return to time and again mostly because I love trying new things. The ones that I insist on revisiting generally have more than just Gr8 Food. Bottega Louie is one of those restaurants. Whenever the Gr8 gals venture to Los Angeles, Bottega Louie is bound to be on the itinerary. It is a large, open space which includes the restaurant, a bar area and the bakery/take-out counter. One of the…

Scotch Whisky Tasting

Just two years ago I wrote a short column on Scotch Whisky, reviewing three different bottles. My reviews/tastes were enjoyed only by me. This time, however, I had a Scotch whisky tasting with the Great 8 guys. We tasted Scotch from three different distilleries, all from the Highland region. This region has the most distilleries and has been subdivided into four areas, two of which are Speyside and Islands. We tasted each pour ‘neat’ (no water or ice added…

Eat Your Vegetables!

Summer is my favorite time of year to visit Manassero Farms. Although produce is available almost all year at our local supermarkets, the greatest nutritional value and flavor is found when they are at their peak of freshness. Because fruits and vegetables are at their best quality and price during certain months, going to the farm offers many choices of organic produce in the peak of their season, they are picked fresh and offered right at the source. In July…

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream

If you have ever compared store-bought to home-made ice cream, you know there’s a huge difference, not only in texture and flavor, but most importantly, in wholesome ingredients. So the next time you reach for store-bought ice cream, stop!  With a little time and patience, you can create your own delicious vanilla ice cream with this easy recipe. No fancy equipment is required. Just to let you know, some of the links on this page…

Mosaic Bar and Grille at the Montage Laguna Beach

Mosaic Bar and Grille at the Montage in Laguna Beach, California, is a restaurant like no other. This is one of those restaurants that’s pricey but Vince and I try to go to dinner there at least once a summer. There is nothing better than eating outside on a beautiful evening, add to that the view of the ocean (it’s right there!), and a solo guitarist singing popular songs, old and new, and you have the…

Gr8 Grandbaby Shower

We are having a baby! Well, we aren’t really having a baby. Anna and Vince are having a baby! Well, ok, Anna and Vince aren’t really having a baby either. Their son and daughter-in-law are having a baby! So……Anna and Vince are going to be first time Grandparents and this is a first for Great Eight Friends! Well then, we need to celebr8! Of course we do! So, for our Gr8 dinner this year, Joel…

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