Chef Isaiah Allen


Hidden Gem Culinary Spot: Youssef 242, Hickory

Le Sacre Coeur

This place has been my favorite place since a little girl! A month ago I was lucky enough to go back. The view is always as majestic as I remember!

Listening to “Billie Holiday” this morning and happy working, editing. June_2015_Montmartre_Sacre_coeur_0214 copy


Rue Cler

On Saturday night, we had decided to take Lara out to a nice restaurant. I never have her by myself. She truly is the middle child. I wanted to take her somewhere nice however I had a tiny budget. I decided to take her to Rue Cler. I knew that she would take the moules frites. ( 12 dollars). We order a side of half dozen beignets, and Lara and I ordered the moules frites. Great fun, fancy place, small price and she felt so special!

Mission accomplished. One more time it shows that quality time, experience is more important than anything else!

The C.I.A

I gave birth, almost 18 years ago now, to this incredible son of mine, in Rhinebeck, NY.

I lived in Rhinebeck, a historical town next to the famous Culinary school called the C. ( culinary) I. ( institute) of A. America.

I loved the campus there, the beautiful view of the Hudson River and of course the restaurants. I tutored couple of culinary students that needed helped in French classes.

When I learned many years ago that they were opening a C.I.A school in Napa, I voiced my wish to go there, as I love food, can cook fairly well and I love wine.

My wish came true, many years later. I was able to go there, on the campus, during my trip to California. There was a wedding happening there. I had time to go around campus, visited inside the school , and of course I took many photos there. Saint Helena was simply incredible and well worth the wait!




Diner: Moules Frites

Had a wonderful day today with the kids. Stopped by to buy some mussels and was going to make Moules Frites for diner. Love when I have all the kids together under one roof. A simple pleasure…yet one that I am grateful for all the time!

We had a fabulous time! Felt like home.

Lara’s first cooking lesson

Lara has many friends that have been cooking making their own stuff in the kitchen. She had ask to cook before.

Photos are just simple Iphone photos as I was more concentrating on her than on photography for this event. This was all about her, and not about anything else.

She today had her first cooking lesson and she chose to make banana bread. We had music going: Cloud 9, Miley Cyrus, Frozen soundtrack….it was the Chef’s choice of music!

She made the banana bread from scratch, took notes, and was the most incredible student.

She cut herself for the first time with the knife, she learned how to use the kitchen aid and she got to licked the bowl…and she learned how to clean up afterwards!

This was I assure you the best banana bread I ever ate! She was so proud of herself, she learned the cup, teaspoons, and how to properly butter the bottom of the pan.

It was just her and I in the kitchen, we had a blast!



Sometimes it is about being in the moment…

I was grateful and happy to have the privilege to celebrate the Russian Christmas last Tuesday night. It was the perfect number of people, we had our 12 dishes. Sasha made an incredible duck for us, Katya made wonderful food, Perle brought some financiers, Iryna made the crostinis, and we had Misha with his guitar, and his wife and Katya with the voices….

Poetry book from 1917, cup filled of water, dirt, sugar, pennies to do the traditional fortune readings.

That night was memorable for so many instances, so many ways. I felt like it was a therapeutic night. Misha started to play the guitar, his wife and Katya were singing, then lyrics of french songs were read on the background. I will never listen to “Je suis malade” and L’ete Indien the same way… It was like I was in a movie, sitting with artsy Europeans there. Listening to Misha playing was reliving the time with my own family, with “Tonton Daniel”…

It was great to see Cecil take the guitar and play the house of the Rising sun..

You know you are with the right kind of people when we were smelling the pages of this old Russian book , enjoying great food, great company and good wine.

It was on my way home that I had realized, I have an incredible circle of friends.


Sometimes it takes something so simple like a phone call from a friend on final week after they are finished to say: come to the house with the kids, do not bring anything, just show up and we will take care of you.

Last Friday night was great TLC from wonderful friends. Cheese, incredible wine and superbe company. Kids all played together and Jason and I enjoyed great food and talks. Thank you Jeff and Stacey for the fun, the laughs, the food, the wine but mostly for your friendship.


The healthy Juicer bible

I am very fortunate…I have incredible friends, I am very grateful for them. I try to surround myself with people who have ambition, that take care of themselves, take care of their body, take care of their mind, people who have healthy lifestyle.

These people are an inspiration to me and also a good example and a great inspiration to my children.

Farnoosh Brock is one of these people. She has an incredible career now as a life coach, a blogger and an author.

I was doing a photoshoot and decided to combine Health, photography, and her book. Here in the photo is the book that Farnoosh just published this year, and she is on the way to publish another one!

I have tried most of the recipes on this book and I highly recommend it. It is wonderful, not only for beginner juicers, but to people who have done it many times.

I like to detox from life, mind, and food once in a while…I get rid of “friends” on Facebook or people in my life that have a negative impact on me or my kids, or both for the detox on life.

I go back to yoga for the detox on mind.

I juice for detox on food…I come out a week later in a healthier way!

Go check her blog at

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