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Chickens and goats and bees…oh my!

March 28th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Feature, Learn

Chickens and goats and bees...oh my!

It’s spring again and a young man’s fancy turnes to the birds and the bees-and goats and community gardens …. Fortunately, where I live (district three) there have been some zoning changes that affect me. In a rare turn of events the changes are a plus. Take a look at the attached PDF to see […]

The Riedel Low-Down: What a Difference a Glass Makes

March 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Culinary Creative, Learn, Wine Lovers

The Riedel Low-Down: What a Difference a Glass Makes

Have you ever bought what you thought was a fantastic bottle of wine after a wine tasting, only to taste it later and think: “I must have been drunk, this wine sucks?”  I have.  More than I’d like to admit.  But, I’ve recently come to a startling realization: wine tastes best in the right glass. […]

Grades of Beef

January 4th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Feature, Learn

Grades of Beef

In the US there are eight grades of beef labeled by the FDA. Only three of them should ever near your plate. Let’s start from the bottom up with those three. Select – Select is the lowest grade usually sold at retail. It has the least amount of marbling is less juicy and tender than […]

How to open a pomegranate

October 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Feature, Learn, Video

How to open a pomegranate

Some friends asked me “How do you get into those things?” to which I answer like this: There are other ways as well and I’m not saying this is the only way but it works for me. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it […]

Convivial Families…Real or Myth?

September 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Culinary Creative, Learn

Convivial Families…Real or Myth?

I come from a family that loves to indulge, whether it’s food, drink or just celebration in general.  But, over the years, we sure can get tired of ourselves.   So I’ve come to realize that cycling through marriages and relationships as my brother and I have can be a good thing…. …especially after last night.  […]

A Chef’s Home to Inspire Your Own!

August 7th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Convivial Spaces, Learn

A Chef's Home to Inspire Your Own!

This weekend I was fortunate enough to have been invited to a fantastic party at the home of Chef Pascal Courtin.  As we mingled, ate fabulous food, drank refreshing original cocktails and sipped on wines and champagne, I began to take note of the spatial success that is Chef Pascal’s home. Starting out as a […]

Outdoor Kitchens – An Entertaining Staple in San Diego

July 13th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Convivial Spaces, Learn

Outdoor Kitchens - An Entertaining Staple in San Diego

Everyone knows that here in San Diego we probably have the best climate in the world.  Our nearly year-round ambient temperature doesn’t stray far from an ideal 72 degrees, so many San Diegans spend a lot of time outside. As an architect, I can’t think of one project that didn’t require an indoor-outdoor connection, especially […]

Convivial Spaces: Design for the Bon Vivant

July 1st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Convivial Spaces, Learn

Convivial Spaces: Design for the Bon Vivant

Welcome to Culinary Creative, and to my new blog “Convivial Spaces: Design for the Bon Vivant”! Twice weekly, I will be posting a column discussing architecture and design, and how it relates to cuisine, entertaining and hospitality.  Things like spatial proportions, scale, lighting, acoustics and organization all have a role to play in helping our […]

Attention Vendors

June 1st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Feature, Learn

Attention Vendors

There have been numerous times I’ve been at a Farmers market and just spent my last bit of cash only to find the extra sharp cheddar I’ve been looking for all my life. My choices are to find an ATM nearby or just leave all together. What do I usually do? Leave. Better for my […]

The Zen Master of fish cleaning

April 22nd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Feature, Learn

The Zen Master of fish cleaning

I thought I knew how to clean a fish until I saw this guy from Okinawa. Check out the extra cut in the tail to hold as he just yanks the fillet off. I’m curious to know if I can do this with smaller fish. Most auspicious. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on […]

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