Musings about the World Beer Cup

Recently I found myself in a Twitter conversation about beer competitions spurred by this article.  The issue resurfaced because of the recent World Beer Cup (and the wonderful successes of San Diego Craft Brewers like Societe Brewing Co., Alesmith, Coronado Brewing Company, Mike Hess Brewing Co., Pizza Port and others). Should you be reading this … Continue reading

(between) Juniper & Ivy (on Kettner)

Who is Richard Blais?  Thanks to Eater I know the guy is a Chef.  Thanks to this book I’m reading called Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, I have a very different view of the profession and what he calls “chasing flavors” than I used to.  And thanks to my wife, a couple named Madeleine and … Continue reading

Vegas (mostly) off the strip: breakfast at eat

On our first full day in Vegas we hit a foodie hot streak.  Went three-for-three on delicious meals, so to speak.  I’m not sure I can put them all in one post, but we’ll see.  First up, let me tell you about what we ate at eat…

Three days in El Valle: Swing and a miss

You may not know this, but I rarely provide negative feedback for dining experiences.  The job is hard enough, the margins generally not great and the success rate relatively low, without every joker with a laptop and a camera phone lamenting his or her one experience at your restaurant.  Yet there I sat, camera in … Continue reading

Our best meal in the Valle

Twitter’s magic knows no bounds and our best meal of our recent trip to the Valle de Guadalupe is proof of that point.  In search of something delicious, we consulted the google (and Colin Parent) and were all set to head to Chef Javier Plascencia’s seasonal farm-to-table spot Finca Altozano.  What happened next set us … Continue reading

Three Days in El Valle: Laja

We arrived in the Valle and were excited to visit a place we’d heard quite a bit about.  You see, Laja had become the stuff of legend among our immediate food-loving circles in the past several years and we were determined to see what all the fuss was about.  A friend had written about it … Continue reading