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Paso Robles, California

Between Los Angeles and San Francisco is a town that is known for its viniculture and brewery. Just off highway 101 in the Central Coast lies Paso Robles a small town with the charm of Napa Valley without the large crowd of tourists. As I walk through the downtown area locals greet you with a […]

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Chili verde con carne

This one pot wonder recipe is a go to if you are feeling the mood for Mexican food. Tomatillo and pork shoulder are the star ingredients of this dish. You can come up with your own accompaniment like avocados, pico de gallo, rice and tortillas along with this chili. With this recipe I added serrano […]

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Spaghetti with lamb ragu

This recipe is very similar to a classic Bolognese recipe. Its my version using ground lamb and red wine. You can use dried pasta or make your own fresh pasta to this dish. It comfort food at its best. 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 cups yellow onion(Small diced) 1 cup of carrots(Small diced) 1 cup […]

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Anthony Bourdain

The book Kitchen Confidential came out in 2000 and the buzz was already circulating in the foodservice industry on what Anthony Bourdain wrote about the restaurant business. During that time I was living in the Bay Area and cooking in San Francisco. When I heard about it I was excited to pick up a copy […]

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Taipei, Taiwan

The Portuguese called Taiwan, Formosa which means ” Beautiful island” a term which fits the description of this subtropical island. The climate gives its lush green mountains and winding rivers a pleasant visual view. Know for its food and a destination for travelers from all over the world come here to eat their way around. […]

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Didnt going into cooking for the fame.

There is a lot of people who fall under the assumption that I got into cooking for fame and that is not the case. I started cooking professionally in the mid-’90s before the whole celebrity chef thing. I got into cooking from the request of my father, who is a chef and restauranteur, now retired. […]

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Mis en place is my religion

In French mis en place means ” everything in its place” this is a term I learned in culinary school and working in professional kitchens. It refers as your set up required before executing service. Organization and arrangement are the life line of a professional cook. The mantra of work fast, work clean and work […]

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Is ordering a well done steak a crime?

Well, that all depends on the individual who is consuming the steak, right? After asking this question from varies people from a wide spectrum of background I concluded that the answer is, one, personal preference, two, the geographic upbringing of an individual, three, culture or ethnic background of that person and four, the quality of […]