Chef Bernard Guillas, of Marine Room in La Jolla, makes some of the most beautiful and lovely food I have ever laid eyes on. Each plate that is presented by my favorite Frenchman is a work of art. When I asked him to share a sweet recipe, I knew it would represent the qualities I see in my dear friend; gentle, sweet, passionate and filled with simple elegance and charm.
I am not a big fan of desserts but lemon bars are one of my favorites. I love the way they set up. I love the brightness of them, the sweet vs. tart tug with each bite, the dueling textures, the care required with each bite lest you depart with evidence of the indulgence in the form of flaky crust all over your shirt. And not to be forgotten… the warmth of childhood memories. This version of the lemon bar elevates that experience. Will you try to make this one?
To view his beautiful new cookbook, you can head to my favorite local book store in La Jolla, Warwicks on Girard Avenue. (or you can go to Amazon but I still love to peruse book store aisles.)
Chef Bernard shares his inspiration:
Entering the city of Fez through the gate of Bab Boujeloud, I stopped to take in the fascinating display of culture. I made my way through the labyrinth of streets towards the Fez market, swept up in the overwhelming crowd of shoppers. My tour guide, Dahlil, invited me to his grandmother’s house for the most important ritual of the day – mint tea and pastries. At an afternoon tea ceremony, I learned that pouring the tea from a silver pot high above a small glass is a Moroccan tradition that enhances the delicate mint flavor. ~ Bernard
San Diego Mardi Gras comes to the Gaslamp Quarter for the 21st year. Fat Tuesday being a celebration of indulgence, is traditionally the last day of gluttony before the beginning of lent — SO it makes perfect sense that we would want to enjoy a scrumptious meal to kick start a night of renowned DJ’s, thumping music and dancing in the streets. Snoop Dogg & Ravi Drums will blow the roof off the Gaslamp while 40, 000 revelers await the krewes and Mardi Gras parade with floats, classic cars and San Diego’s local celebrity dignitaries.
20 blocks of the Gaslamp will be closed off for Mardi Gras and you have several ticket options; General Admission, Ultimate VIP and Dining Packages. Don’t miss out on the West Coast’s biggest, most impressive Mardi Gras block party.
Hello, my name is Marie. I am a publicist by day and weekend writer. This is my blog, where I post about my journeys, the wonderful events in my beautiful corner of the world and the food of the region which is gaining in its recognition of San Diego, Tijuana and Valle de Guadalupe. Enjoy.