On May 30, 2008, The Avenues of Art & Design in conjunction with Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA hosted Tables of Ten: Dining for a Cause, a dynamic culinary arts and design event. Gathering for one special night, these world-renowned designers, showrooms, restaurateurs and chefs united to create a unique dining experience where guests will enjoy gourmet dinners prepared by some of California’s most talented chefs.
I was greeted by Jamie Adler and Stacie Hunt, both Director of Events, who kindly gave me a tour of the pre-dinner preparation. The energy was palpable as... Read More
It’s a hundred and one degrees with no breeze. The air in the apartment is stifling while the fan blasts nothing but ventilated desert onto your sweaty skin. The only thing on your mind is penguins and ice cubes. So how can you even think of going into the kitchen to cook dinner?
While most people at this point are reaching for the phone, I am happily sweating away in the kitchen for the fourth hour straight; chopping up carrots, whipping up sauces, and waiting for the water to boil, so I can add in something delicious into the bubbling waters.
Because I understand... Read More
We enjoy watching the show Top Chef (BRAVO), because it pits young chefs against each other and features some of the leading culinary kings in the world as guest judges. Now in its sixth season, it is the most popular reality cooking show on TV. Every season, they do the show from a different city and this year it’s in Chicago.
San Francisco initially featured four chefs (out of a total of 16) on this season's Top Chef. As a food lover's/top restaurant town, it just seemed fitting to see that The City was so well-represented.
Well, the only problem is--the San Francisco chefs... Read More
These are three restaurants I recently reviewed for www.chowbaby.com. What a great gig! I get to eat incredible food in amazing settings and best of all--they pay me!
There is a spot on the Mendocino Coast called Stevenswood Spa Resort (or the Restaurant at Stevenswood; 8211 North Highway One; (707) 937-2810; www.Stevenswood.com) that serves some incredible contemporary American cuisine that is both inspired and creative, using the best fresh and local ingredients you'll find anywhere in Northern California. This secluded, tranquil resort and spa is amazing all by itself; but when you... Read More
Unusual Foods, or Food that is Different to a Caucasian Westerner What is the strangest food you have eaten or seen served, or read about? Travelling and living and working in different countries and cultures has often led me into sitting staring at something served on a plate in front of me that I either just do not wish to eat, or the odour of which, to me, is absolutely appalling. Let me try and explain some incidents when I have not been able to eat the meal placed in front of me. Recently, in Korea, I was taken to lunch by a very attractive Korean girl, who took me to a Restaurant and... Read More
PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR! If you are expecting to read about keg stands, crusty nacho cheese and mandatory hot party girls, stop reading now because I have nothing in this article about any of that. Well ok, maybe the girls. Other than that you are going to get a crash course in how to prepare for a great party. It took me years to learn some of this stuff, so pay attention. If you are like 99.5% of the American population, you don't have enough hours in the day. Most couples, friends, family, and work contacts communicate by texting, cell phones, emails and meals. Meeting for dinner... Read More
When most people think of the Baja region of Mexico, what usually comes to mind are nights of partying, boozing and jumping from bar to bar by local college kids willing to cross the border to find a good time. Delicious food and culinary finds may not be words you'd associate with cities like Tijuana, Ensenada and any other small towns in between. It wasn't until I took a whirlwind one day excursion with Tasty Tours led by Bill Esparza down to Baja, that my eyes were finally opened to many tasty possibilities. The morning started with us driving into Tijuana and starting with what I'll refer... Read More
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