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Give Me Gin or Give Me Death – My Interview with East Bay Ray

I really wanted to incorporate “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” into the title of this interview since it’s, well, a food title but could not come up with a spin that was appetizing. So, Give Me Convenience or Give Me … Continue reading

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Cayman Cookout 2013 – Saturday – Stingrays, Burgers and the Bromance

Vertigo runs in my family. I’ve always been prone to motion sickness but about six years ago I went on a ferry in Sydney and my head thought it was still on the ferry for about 5 days. I’d be … Continue reading

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Idol-struck

In just a few days we’ll be flying back to the Cayman Cookout for year two of the once-in-a-lifetime culinary extravaganza. We justified it last year by it falling on my actual birthday and Eric Ripert being my favorite chef, … Continue reading

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Cayman Cookout – Day 3 in Grand Cayman

The first event of Saturday morning was one I was really looking forward to. Good vs. Evil – Ripert and Bourdain in conversation. I didn’t realize they had a schtick. They interrogate each other in quite the hilarious way. Tony … Continue reading

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Cayman Cookout – Day 2 in Grand Cayman

The first real day of the Cookout began at 10am. As Jose Andres put it, “Who puts a cooking class at 10am?! You start a cooking class at 3pm so you have the day sleep and then do your things…then … Continue reading

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We Ate in New York City – My Interview with Sxip Shirey (Sasabune, New York, NY)

We were in New York City for a family event. Neil Gaiman has been telling me for I don’t know how many years now to go to Sasabune so I made sure I got reservations while we were there. My … Continue reading

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Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas at Omnivore Books

Every time we go to Chicago I try to go to Alinea. My in-laws live there so we go at least once a year. Every time, something gets in the way. The first time we had reservations and I got … Continue reading

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Jason Webley – We Eat While the Rain Crashes Down

I met Jason for sushi at Ozumo in Oakland on a rainy, rainy Tuesday before a “secret” show he had just announced at a venue that was closing called 21 Grand. It was a place dear to his heart as … Continue reading

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Bouchon – Yountville, CA

Bouchon 6534 Washington Street Yountville, California 94599 707-944-8037 The Cowboy Junkies had a scheduled tour date on Friday night in Napa. We’re too far from there for it to be a day trip but I decided to use this show … Continue reading

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The Impossible Girl and Impossible Amounts of Food – My Interview with Kim Boekbinder

Kim Boekbinder is one half of the bewitching Vermillion Lies and is currently recording a solo album. Her voice is unique, her talent amazing. I fell in love with her music when I saw Vermillion Lies open for Amanda Palmer … Continue reading

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Something More Besides Food – My Interview with Cowboy Junkies’ Alan Anton

I had such a rock star week. It began with seeing Tori Amos two nights, one of which was from front row center seats. It continued with catching up with Neil Gaiman and meeting Amanda Palmer, and immediately leaving them … Continue reading

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One Question for David Sedaris

David Sedaris appeared at our local bookstore over the weekend promoting When You Are Engulfed in Flames. He is so funny and such a good speaker I wanted to set up an interview with him. I contacted his publicist but … Continue reading

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The Food is Warming, My Chef is Sautéing

How does Tori Amos play 127 shows in 185 days, 6 shows a week for 9 months? Well, by somehow being a superhuman goddess is one guess. The more true-to-reality answer though is by taking a talented chef on the … Continue reading

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If You Need Me, Me and Neil’ll be Hangin’ Out at the Sushi Bar

Neil and Chantrelle When Neil Gaiman was on tour for American Gods last year, I caught up with him at TechTV in San Francisco. We made a “date” to have sushi when he returned to the Bay Area. On July 2nd this … Continue reading

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