“Camping” in the O.C.

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I don’t know about you, but when I think about camping I imagine sleeping bags and S’mores, fishing and camp fires. Well, off I went to The Camp in Costa Mesa for lunch and I didn’t even have to pack bug repellent spray. When you think about The Camp you’ll think of Taco Asylum, Vegetarian food at Native Foods Cafe, Cycle Werks, Peoples Market, and the newly opened Umami Burger. Inspired by street corner cafes in Europe, Old Vine Cafe serves up a delicious tuna melt & mushroom soup for lunch. The menu is served on a hand painted canvas.  The Camp is an innovative small retail campus that balances culture, sophistication and functionality blurring the boundaries between nature and the every day bustle of life in the O.C. Everything has a relaxed vibe, which hey, let’s face it, when you need a break from blogging, this is just the place! Listening to the birds chirp and watching the sunflowers sway in the breeze had me drifting off to memories of camping with Grandma as a kid. She would toss her black iron skillet over the open flame, frying up bacon and scrapple for breakfast. Now that I am adult, let’s get one thing straight, if there’s not a terry cloth robe included, I’m not checking in, and that’s final. Look a Food Stalker has standards.  As a unique expression of art, each parking space has individual messages painted on the ground which is pretty cool. I always look forward to seeing what message I’ll get, sort of like opening a fortune cookie.  As fate would have it, my spot said “Fearless“…imagine that!


With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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