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Spring Has Sprung!!!

Mar 20

Happy first day of spring!!! While I cannot say that spring has sprung quite yet with the long winter we have been having, I sure am anticipating some of the first bounty of the spring. Some of my favorite vegetables come with this season. Here are a few of them and a few suggestions on […]

The Value of Membership

Mar 7

Many innkeepers ask me what the value of membership is to the state bed and breakfast association or other professional associations for that matter. While each bed and breakfast is entirely unique and has completely unique needs, there are some universally common values that every bed and breakfast can gain from these memberships. We just […]

The Secret To Working With Your Spouse

Jan 28

Guests often ask us what the secret to working with your spouse is. They usually chuckle and say they’d likely kill each other if they had to be together 24/7/365. While I don’t believe that, I do believe that not all couples can in fact tolerate working together. This doesn’t say anything about the strength […]

Do You Really Have Good Taste?

Dec 18

Do you really have good taste? Taste is perhaps one of the most subjective things on the planet. It is contingent not only on some very specific biological differences between us but also upon social and cultural differences that are learned very early on in life. While peoples tastes change as they age and you […]

Let’s Talk About Food Porn

Sep 25

  I just recently read an article in Huffington Post written by a woman who despises it when people take photos of their food at restaurants. She ranted and raved about it being disruptive and disrespectful. Well let me tell you, as a restaurant owner, I wholeheartedly disagree. Food photos or “Food Porn”¬†as I like […]

Stop the Food Marketing Insanity!!!

Aug 29

Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy Free, Low Fat, Fat Free, Low Carb, Healthy…Stop the food marketing insanity!!! It’s maddening. Food manufacturers and recipe writers/bloggers have gone crazy. There is a marketing disaster going on right now that will make anyone insane. We as a society are so obsessed with food, weight and health that we have […]

Are Restaurants a Thing of the Past?

Jun 18

Yesterday I read an article about France threatening to remove the title “restaurant” from any food establishment that does not actually cook their food on the premesise. The rise of fast food joints and places that are serving pre-packaged food that has been reheated is what has led to this motion in France. Of course […]

Internal Culinary Conflict

Jan 29

I have a confession to make. I am internally conflicted. Not a conflict of character or some moral dilemma, although there are aspects of that to my confliction. My conflict resides in an obsessive fascination with molecular gastronomy while simultaneously disdaining it. I read articles and watch videos about Grant Achatz and Ferran Adria in […]

Vacuums Suck

Jan 27

I say that with utmost respect for what they do assuming they are utilized in the proper fashion, but there have been numerous occasions where they simply did not do what they were supposed to. And did you know that while they may suck up dirt, they can also blow it around? I found that […]

These are a few of my favorite things: Wine

Dec 19

I’m a self proclaimed wine snob and proud of it. It has aided me not only in developing my skills as a chef but was the only reason I landed a job as a server at the Four Seasons in Newport Beach. Only my second job out ever waiting tables and let’s just say my […]