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Published on July 6, 2014 in A Bit of Fun

4th of July Barbecue

Ribs!I’ve been sitting here trying to come up with a creative way to tell you all about my 4th of July this year. This one is rather significant for me as it represents my first Independence Day celebration since saying goodbye to LA and hello to my home town in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve been trying to come up with a witty essay, but sadly I cannot. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s because I’m still suffering from the food-coma brought on by eating like a starved glutton. Whatever it is, I think it best that I simply tell you about it without frill.

Okay so, like I said, it was the 4th of July. I was enjoying a couple days in the company of a rather good lookin blonde, that included a ride on my bike and dinner at a Peruvian place in Redwood City called Estampas Peruanas (side note… go there… it was great).

But on the 4th, we went to her friends in Morgan Hill (Tina and Scott) and attended their annual rib cook-off. I later learned these folks have been hosting this event every year for about the past fifteen. And clearly have no intention of stopping any time soon. There were about a hundred people and fifteen entries of some of the tastiest ribs you’ll ever encounter in one place. I can say that with confidence because I sampled at least one from every entry there. Strictly research, mind you (burrrrrp).

My fave was the one with the peach-bourbon barbecue sauce with a kick that put my nipples on the ceiling (as they say). Really… it was that good. Of course I will also admit those were the ones made by my lovely date… so I may be just a little biased. Whatever… They were freekin good!

The entire day was spent in the company of some rather cool folks, being entertained The entertainmentby a rather soulful singer, and enjoying some slamming ribs! If I am lucky enough to be invited again next year, I think I’m going to enter my own. Of course if I measure up… I’ll be bragging about it here.

That’s how I spent my 4th of July. Bikes, babes, and barbecue. Is there anything better?

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Kitchen Mishaps

The Art of Screwing Up

We talk a lot about cooking in an animated and engaging way. It’s all about putting on the cool show for that special lady. Right? Well, no matter your culinary skill, it’s a certainty you will make a mistake every now and then. When you do, use it to your advantage.

Knife SkillsPicture this…

I was at a cooking party not very long ago. My task was to make the appetizer. For that I chose my world-famous shrimp and spinach dish. This is a tasty and quick little treat certain to delight the tongue. Of course this involved some prep-work. And that involved chopping.

Now you have to imagine the kitchen alive with men and women drinking, laughing, having a good time and such. It was just a tad crowded. And there I was with a cutting board and a good sized knife. I’ll admit that I let myself get distracted by all the lovely ladies and wasn’t paying attention and well… I cut myself.

It wasn’t a bad cut, mind you. Nevertheless it was enough to capture the attention of one of those ladies and she was quick to come to my aid. She cheerfully lead me to the sink where she gently cleaned the would, proclaimed it superficial, and proceeded to tease me about the little “oops.” She then grabbed the knife and started demonstrating the proper way to use it. And I was all too eager to let her “teach” me. This turned out to be a great ice-breaker that lead to some pretty awesome activities later that evening.

On reflection it became obvious to me, that one mistake on my part is exactly the thing that got her attention. Since then I have intentionally made little silly mistakes only to have a sexy lady rescue me. So it’s worth it to master the screw-up. Seriously.

Now here’s an important note. If you’re inept and actually do screw-up a lot, remember that this little technique isn’t going to work all the time. If you’re a dork, the screw-up will only reinforce that. So be careful how you do this, with whom, and under what conditions. Just sayin…

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Review: Art Du Vin Wine Bar

Published on September 8, 2013 in Reviews

When it’s wine o’clock…

I didn’t plan on my visit to Art Du Vin to be a review. All I was doing was meeting up with an old friend to enjoy some wine and catch up for a bit. But I would be neglect if I didn’t share this place with you. Seriously…

Nestled perfectly on 4th street in the Art District of Long Beach, and right next door to the famous Art Theater, Art Du Vin offers a variety of wines to satisfy whatever your wine desire happens to be. Now I am not a wine connoisseur but I know what I like. Though I ordered like this, “I love a nice heavy red. But I don’t like it too peppery. And I don’t like it very fruity either. What do you recommend?”

The cute blonde behind the bar was patient, didn’t make me feel silly for ordering like that, and poured a taste of Folkway Revelator. “It’s a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Frank, and Cabernet Sauvignon,” said she. And when I tasted it, all I could say was “Boom!”

It’s a small place entertaining a bunch of locals (regulars) who will make you feel welcome and like you’ve been a part of the crowd all along. Trust me when I say, if you plan on keeping to yourself, sitting alone, and vanishing in the crowd, you won’t be able to. Hell… even their website says they are the “Cheers” of wine bars. That should tell you what to expect.

Go there, take a date, enjoy the wine, munchies, the passersby, and the ambiance that is uniquely Long Beach. You won’t go wrong. I promise.


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