Category Archives: Food

Pesto Pizza for Backyard Barbeques

A Page From the Kontos Cookbook…


Summer is in full swing and home gardens ar at their peak. If you haven’t yet harvested your basil, now’s the time! Here’s an easy Pesto Pizza recipe sent over to us by Kontos whose ready-made pizza crusts can be used on the backyard grill.

If you want to add a touch of ethnic flair to your next backyard gathering, try serving a delicious, easy-to-make pesto pizza by Demetrios Haralambatos, executive chef at Kontos Foods,  who has developed this personal-sized pizza recipe just for backyard cooks. Toast them up outside on the grill, cut and serve.

“Hot summer days and balmy nights are the perfect time for backyard gatherings. This special pesto pizza recipe goes great with a crispy white wine, such as a Soave, or, pair it with a Pinot Noir, light Chianti or Rose,” said Steve Kontos, vice president and owner of Kontos Foods. “The best thing is, you can make or buy pesto sauce ahead of time, and create these pizzas for guests in just a few minutes – no hot oven required!”

4 Kontos Pizza Parlor Crusts
3 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded, or crumbled, cheese for topping – try Mozzarella, Feta, Asiago, or other favorite.

  1. Pre-heat your outdoor grill, to high heat, with cover down.
  2. In a food processor, blend together basil leaves, nuts, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Pour in olive oil slowly while still mixing. Stir in salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon pesto mixture onto each Pizza Parlor Crust, spreading evenly.
  4. Top with shredded or crumbled cheese.
  5. Place all four pizzas on the grill. Cover, heat for 2 minutes. or until crust reaches desired crispiness.
  6. Remove from grill, place on cutting board. Using a pizza cutter, cut into wedges and serve.

Note: Don’t have a green thumb? No worries!  Just pick up a jar of ready-made pesto sauce, located in your grocer’s aisle near the other pasta sauces.

Kontos 7-inch Pizza Parlor Crusts come five to a pack. Kontos sells its products to retailers and foodservice establishments across North America and around the world. Find Kontos Foods on Twitter @KontosFoods, on Facebook at and on Pinterest at

About Kontos Foods
Founded in 1987, Kontos Foods, Inc. is a Paterson, New Jersey-based provider of traditional Mediterranean foods for restaurants, hotels, food service, retail specialty stores and supermarkets worldwide. The family-owned company specializes in hand-stretched flatbreads, including the Kontos Pocket-Less Pita®, Fillo dough, pastries, olives, gyro meats, and Greek yogurts, as well as over 50 varieties of multi-ethnic flatbreads. Kontos, which has over 225 employees and was founded by Evripides (Evris) Kontos with his son Steven, together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry. The company’s bread and Fillo products are made in the USA. Visit or call (973) 278-2800.

Gia #HFF15 #Reviews: Snack

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Snack-HFF15A tiny female voice is screaming in the kitchen and won’t finish her lunch!  No one’s getting dressed to go out.  There’s only 40 minutes of TV time allowed in the house per day and it’s imperative that every minute count.  You’re stressed. You’re starving.  You’re lonely for adult company. You need a SNACK!

Megan Dolan soothes our need for story while soothing her need for a food break in a fast-moving  compactly edited epic about growing up in a divorced home.

A 70’s, Brady Bunch influenced kid, Megan takes us through her developing food for love habit as her parents split, mom takes off to find herself, and she and her brother who now live solely with their not-so-there father, are left to figure out the separation practically on their own.

It’s not that Dad doesn’t care in between dating and marrying a new woman who curiously looks like her mother, or mom’s too selfish to notice as she drags them to self-empowerment cult meetings, and that she must suddenly contend with new teenaged step sisters, but like most kids she and her brother just don’t or are not given an opportunity to speak up.  Consequently, they are both pushed along their lives like feathers in a wind storm, wondering when they’ll safely land.

There are perks to coming home to an empty house after school.  Dad buys whole milk and is more than willing to provide her with her favorite desserts.  The discovery and fantasy of favorite foods and flavors are the bulwark that seems to provide the sustenance she craves.  Ultimately, though, nothing can make up for what she really needs, her mom.

It can’t get any more real than this. Megan Dolan is a powerhouse storyteller, a veritable “Desperate Housewife” coming to terms with own fears and anxieties in the most practical and careful ways, through vivid, lively writing that strikes a beautiful, emotional balance between past and present.

Highly Recommended.

Theatre Asylum (Asylum Lab – 1078 Lillian Way LA. CA. 90038) Hollywood’s Theatre Row map

Sunday June 14 2015, 4:00 PM | 65 mins
Thursday June 18 2015, 7:00 PM | 65 mins
Saturday June 20 2015, 11:30 AM | 65 mins
Wednesday June 24 2015, 8:30 PM | 65 mins
Saturday June 27 2015, 4:00 PM | 65 mins


Mother’s Day Brunch at Bottega Louie – NO Way We’re Missing This!

Brunch Beignets

Brunch Beignets

One of our handsdown absolute personal favorite restaurants in downtown LA sent us over their special Mother’s Day Menu, and there was simple NO WAY, we were skipping out on sharing!

Bottega Louie is offering an AMAZING and DELICIOUS Sunday brunch in a beautiful setting running from 9am – 3pm.  So whether your family is heading downtown to one of the museums, the theatre or simply brunch, Bottega Louie is the perfect option.   The restaurant is located at 700 South Grand Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Lobster Hash

Lobster Hash

The menu includes Lobster Hash, Salmon Millefeuille and the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Belgian Waffles, French Toast and the Farmer’s Market Breakfast – there is something for everyone, even dad (did I mention the Steak & Eggs?).  There is also a large selection of their Pizzas, Salads, Sandwiches, and Small Plates including the Beignets (Yes!) also available during brunch.  And if all you do is stop at the patisserie, take home some macarons, éclairs, verrines, tartlets and more!

Click Here for the Full Brunch Menu 


Brunch Waffles

Brunch Waffles

Staples Center Gets and East Coast Bite

Hebrew National Hotdogs

STAPLES Center has made Hebrew National its official hot dog.

Moving forward at all Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks, concerts and special events, New York’s “finest frank” the 1905 Lower East Side original made from premium cuts of 100% kosher beef free of fillers, by-products, artificial flavors and colors and gluten-free, will be available at concession stands throughout the arena.

What we’re happiest to know: Pricing will remain the same on all hot dog offerings at all concession stands and on the suite levels.

“You’re gonna need a bigger bun!”

What’s your topping Los Angeles?  Spicy mustard and sauerkraut?  That’s how we do it in the Big Apple.  Or how about Chicago style with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, serrano peppers and celery salt? Every city has its own recipe & style. We actually can’t wait to find out what LA’s will be.  With all those toppings…You’re gonna need a bigger bun!


Detour Bistro Bar Culver City: #BestDetourEver

 This week Gia On The Move had the good fortune to be invited and the good taste to show up to the Grand Opening media preview of the new Detour Bistro Bar located in Culver City, a swanky new watering hole, created by partners Ranni Kumgisky and Dane Pearson of Great Dane Catering and Events.


The Detour Bistro Bar features house-made European Cuisine with farm-to-table produce and an unmatched hand-selected by-the-glass wine program.

Mixing DrinksTrue to its press this place was not only a breath of fresh air in one of the more up & coming locations in town, but without a doubt offers a perfect, simple, mouthwatering menu that 100% delivered on cuisine and libations.


My favorites:

White wine lovers absolutely MUST indulge in the Turo’ Negre – Spanish Blend

For food…serving, “hands-down” the BEST Mini Cubano this side of Miami Beach.

The Mushroom Risotto served on endive was a tie and not to be ignored under any circumstance. .

A current menu for the restaurant can be found online at

Here’s the menu we sampled on Tuesday:


Meatball Flatbread

Meatball Flatbread

Meatball Flatbread seasoned meatballs, tomato sauce, parmesan cheese

Yam & Brie Flatbread – yam, brie, truffle oil

Lamb & Goat Cheese Flatbread – lamb, goat cheese, apricot marmalade, mint

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto – served on endive

Mini Cubano – pork, ham, pickles, pepper jack cheese, taller bread

Shrimp tacos – cabbage, cilantro sauce, corn tortilla

Yam and Brie flatbread

Yam and Brie flatbread


Summer Splash – vodka, cranberry, pineapple, sweet & sour

Detour Cocktails (in order) Summer Splash,  Honey Old Fashion,  Diablo

Detour Cocktails (in order) Summer Splash,
Honey Old Fashion,

Honey Old Fashion – bourbon, bitters, organic honey

Diablo – tequila, fresh lime, crème de cassis

Cubano Sandwich bites

Cubano Sandwich bites


Prelius – Italian Cabernet Sauvignon

Turò Negre – Spanish Blend

Chilensis – Chardonnay

King Estate – Oregon Pinot Gris


Turo' Negre Spanish Blend wine

Turo’ Negre Spanish Blend wine


House-made Cookies

Macadamia nut and white chocolate

Chocolate Chip





BBQ Brisket sliders

BBQ Brisket sliders

Lamb flatbread

Lamb flatbread

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos

Buchella at the Beach on Saturday April 4th!

Coachella is coming up faster than you expected. So we thought it might be fun to get inspired at “Buchella’ – Pop Your Shop’s Pre-Coachella Fashion event to look your bohemian best at the festival.  Even better, you’ll enjoy a sunny Malibu beach day with  food, drinks, live music and more!
Pop Your Shop 
A Pre- Coachella Shopping Event  
Top Festival Fashions 
The J.D. Luxe Fashion Truck 
Featured on Bravo’s ‘Vanderpump Rules’
Enjoy Live Music x Flash Tats x Tipi Lounge x Food Trucks x Great Wines x Caffeinated Club 
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Rosenthal Winery
18741 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
**Refreshments by Caffeinated Club, infused flavored club soda made with a boost of caffeine**
**Wines by Rosenthal Winery** 
**Swim Fashions by Natalie Zena Beachwear**

Epic PB&J at Hollywood & Highland on April 2


On National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day, Pop-Tarts is throwing a larger-than-life PB&J-filled celebration for teens at Hollywood & Highland from 3pm to 7pm to celebrate the arrival of its newest, most requested flavor – Frosted PB&J Strawberry. With the help of actress Janel Parrish, Pop-Tarts will create an epic experience with peanut buttery obstacle course racing, slip-n-sliding and more.     


175px-Robin_Wong_Photography_Bratz_024Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish will help LA teens celebrate Pop-Tarts’ newest Frosted PB&J Strawberry flavor on Thursday, April 2, from 3-7 p.m. at Hollywood & Highland                 


             Hollywood and Highland Center

6801 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90028

         Thursday, April 2

Event begins at 3 p.m. PT, ends at 7 p.m. PT

**Janel Parrish arrives at 4 p.m. PT

For additional event information on the April 2 event and to learn more about the new Frosted PB&J Strawberry flavor, visit Please note that all individuals under the age of 18 participating on the obstacle course must have a parent or guardian present.