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 […]

These are a Few of My Favorite Things: Spices

Nov 27

The weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday, Yahoo posted a list of health benefits that various spices are purported to have. Everything from soothing an upset stomach to boosting metabolism to helping with arthritis. While this may be new news so to speak to some, particularly in this era of pharmaceuticals and treatment of symptoms rather […]

These are a Few of My Favorite Things: Cheese

Nov 18

And when I say favorite, I mean it’s right up there with hummus and bacon for me. I LOVE CHEESE. I could be very happy living the rest of my days with a good brie, a nice creamy goat cheese and a beautiful salty parmesan. Cheese is the perfect food in so many ways. You […]

New Year’s Food Superstitions

Jan 1

Every New Year’s Day while I was growing up my grandmother would make a lentil stew to eat, insisting that it would bring good luck and lots of money in the coming year. While the money never did show up, the tradition stuck and to this day she continues making the lentils. While chatting with […]

Deciphering the Code of Dietary Restrictions

Dec 9

Nowadays when you invite someone over for a meal the likelihood of some kind of special dietary request is pretty high. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, low sugar, no nuts, no soy, no corn, the list is practically endless. When and where should one go out of their way to make adjustments […]