Westways Magazine - La Colombiana



My recent publish for Westways Magazine featuring the San Clemente, CA restaurant La Colombiana. You can find the article in the March/April issue here

La Colombiana
Info: 1640 N. El Camino Real, Suite A, San Clemente. 
Colombian cuisine isn’t for the omnivores among us. At La Colombiana in San Clemente, virtually every dish is loaded with perfectly grilled, stewed, or griddled meat. Take the sobrebarriga (a stewed flank steak with potatoes, steamed yuca, rice, and a freshly griddled corn arepa, $16) and the bandeja colombiana (a mountain of carne asada, chorizo, beans, rice, an arepa, crisp pucks of plantain called patacones, and a fried egg, $17). But you can also make a meal out of the massive Colombian-style tamale ($11), which is swaddled in a banana leaf, studded with pork, chicken, peas, carrots, and potatoes, and served with rice and a small salad. La Colombiana does breakfast too.

Orange County food photographer 
Alan De Herrera

Orange County food photographer | Chef portrait

Wonderful portrait session with pastry chef Michelle Pontius of Michelle Haut Chocolat in Laguna Beach. If you get a chance to visit her chocolate boutique at the Oc Mix, you will be in for a treat! 

 Pastry Chef Michelle Pontius Michelle Haut Chocolat

Pastry Chef Michelle Pontius
Michelle Haut Chocolat

Michelle Haut Chocolat

"Michelle simply loves chocolate. She has a natural feel for what is sensual and a desire to tell stories through her chocolate creations. Her desire for the finest ingredients and the pleasure in giving pleasure through food lends itself to pure, refined, sophisticated blends of flavors experienced in each bite.

After culinary school Michelle naturally gravitated toward a small team of creative and talented culinary minds. Chefs who push the limit with their mix of talents in the kitchen. This resulted in a creative display of brilliance where original formulas were created. A sense of purity, sophistication, elegance, and handmade with passion have resulted in sensual perfectionism.

At Michelle haut Chocolat, our chocolates are handmade from scratch daily using all natural ingredients in our Laguna Beach Chocolate Kitchen & Tasting Room. Our chocolate is a custom blended 73% bittersweet chocolate from Belgium. We use only the freshest and purest ingredients from around the world. There are no artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives.

Michelle Chocolatier is a graduate of the International Culinary School-Art Institute, a certified member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA). Her vision is to create chocolates with a modern edge while still using the traditional european methods of artisanal hand craftsmanship. Michelle fuses art, music, fashion, literature, fine design, and pure passion into each chocolate creation."



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