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ChefView – Thai One On!

ChefView – Thai One On!

Chef View By Dana Johnson THAI ONE ON! It was an unassuming Tuesday when I was pondering what the Chef Viewers might like to sample on in the hot month of August. I asked my friends Colleen and Ron of Direct Appliance if they had a recommendation for amazing Thai food in Modesto; it seemed […]

By August 3, 2015 Read More →
ChefView – Fresh Eats!

ChefView – Fresh Eats!

Chef View Get Your Fresh On! By Dana Johnson Here it is, a hot summer in the valley, each of us looking for a way to beat the heat and still enjoy the best of it all. Of course, we have numerous choices, its Modesto after all; we have plenty of ice cream/ yogurt shops […]

By July 1, 2015 Read More →
ChefView – Retro Graffiti Fun!

ChefView – Retro Graffiti Fun!

Chef View By Dana Johnson Retro Graffiti Food & Fun Strikes & Spares Grill/Yosemite Lanes What is the first thing you think of when it comes to American Graffiti? Cruising cool cars, jukebox tunes, waitresses on roller skates, burgers, fries, shakes, black leather bomber jackets and poodle skirts, or do you just feel the nostalgia […]

By June 5, 2015 Read More →
ChefView- American Latin Mingle

ChefView- American Latin Mingle

Chef View By Dana Johnson The New American~Latin Mingle Urbano California Bistro is blending a lot more than American and Latin flavors as I found Japanese chilies, Mediterranean pasta dishes, Tuscany grilled salmon, and Mahi Mahi tostadas as just a hint to this bounty of tastes on the menu that I’m drooling over! So awesome […]

By May 6, 2015 Read More →
ChefView – Wondrous Women of Redwood Cafe

ChefView – Wondrous Women of Redwood Cafe

Wondrous Women of Redwood Café By Dana Johnson Media alert! This is not an attempt to bash on men; not that there is a shortage of material either! I’m joking, haha! This month the magnificent Modesto View is showcasing many worthy women that contribute to the positive portrait of Modesto. Therefore, I’m pleased to introduce […]

By April 2, 2015 Read More →
ChefView – Twisted Pig

ChefView – Twisted Pig

ChefView – Twisted Pig Get Twisted Pig!By Dana Johnson The Twisted Pig isn’t the latest dance craze, it isn’t a new barnyard reality show, and you don’t have to wear pigtails to get through the door unless you want to! Here in Modesto we have numerous unique and mouth-worthy restaurants that thankfully are not major […]

By March 4, 2015 Read More →
ChefView – For the Love of Pasta

ChefView – For the Love of Pasta

Chef View For the Love of Pastas! By Dana Johnson When I think of “love”, especially in the month of February, I realize there are too many definitions to count. Some make our hearts beat faster, cheeks blush, goofy smiles, passionate racy thoughts, licking of the lips, and unfortunately on occasion love can hurt ya, […]

By February 10, 2015 Read More →
ChefView – Taste of Fuzio

ChefView – Taste of Fuzio

Chef View By Dana Johnson Start the New Year with the Taste of Fuzio! So what’s new at Modesto’s beloved Fuzio Universal Bistro that has been around for the past 14 years you ask? Thomas Lopes! He is the proud new owner with fresh energy to maintain all the customer favorites that will remain on […]

By January 1, 2015 Read More →
ChefView -Wine & Dine Wonderland

ChefView -Wine & Dine Wonderland

Chef View By Dana Johnson Dewz Wine and Dine Wonderland! Dear Santa, I can explain… Yes, thoughts of sugar plums danced in my head and I could hear ring-ting-tingling, too! Come on, its lovely weather for a Mercedes sleigh ride together with you, while friends are calling “Yoo hoo!” After drinking around the wine bar […]

By December 9, 2014 Read More →
ChefView Handmade for My Mouth!

ChefView Handmade for My Mouth!

Chef View By Dana Johnson Handmade For My Mouth! HANDMADE: def. made by hand, not by machine, and typically therefore of superior quality. That is an accurate description of the tortillas made right before your eyes, heading straight for your mouth, and a sensation for your taste buds at Rancho Fresco (RF) Mexican Grill! Yes, […]

By November 6, 2014 Read More →
ChefView – Melt With Me

ChefView – Melt With Me

Chef View By Dana Johnson Melt With Me! One of my favorite songs of all time is “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest, so it’s not a stretch that one of my most favorite cheeses is called Purple Moon by Fiscalini Cheese made right here in Modesto. Purple Moon is cheddar aged over 10 […]

By October 2, 2014 Read More →
ChefView – Paul’s Rustic Oven

ChefView – Paul’s Rustic Oven

ChefView By Dana Johnson Paul’s Rustic Oven Pizza, Make it an Event! So there I was, working at Sciabica’s 78th anniversary party and annual case sale showcasing 6 Dana~licious original recipes with their remarkable olive oils for their special customers when I smelled something else that was making me hungry! The customers were walking in […]

By September 6, 2014 Read More →
ChefView-Verona Cucina Italia

ChefView-Verona Cucina Italia

Chef View By Dana Johnson Bellissimo e Delizioso! Beautiful and delicious, Modesto’s translation for Verona’s Cucina Italiana! Speaking of ‘beautiful’ I invited Modesto View’s, Jennifer Allsup, Rockabilly View to indulge with me in the total Verona experience.  Jennifer was looking stunning in a sleek black cocktail dress, heels, and her hair was pretty in pink! […]

By August 6, 2014 Read More →
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Chef View By Dana Johnson Dana~licious Goes Direct! Direct Appliance (DA) since 1995! Where have I been? I was like a kid in a candy store as I marveled at all the culinary discoveries in the cutting edge major appliance store! No chef training required to shop for the latest and the greatest upgrades that […]

By July 24, 2014 Read More →
ChefView – American Graffiti Crusin’ Cuisine

ChefView – American Graffiti Crusin’ Cuisine

Chef View By Dana Johnson American Graffiti Cruisin’ Cuisine! Me, Dana~licious and the Modesto View’s very own sales manager, Blia Vang decided to experience American Graffiti (AG) beyond just cruisin’, we ate it! AG has its very own distinctive classic car collection, guys with slicked back hair, and girls in pony tails and poodle skirts! […]

By June 1, 2014 Read More →