This blog is a five-plus year journey into haute cuisine – pursuing a passion. Hopefully it inspires others to do the same. New posts appear, on average, every two to three weeks – I don’t blog about day to day life – though Twitter is good for that.
Food can be art – to make visible what was previously unknown or invisible – new links, connections, and concepts – to the world around us. Taste, like beauty in art, is not fundamental; but it does make it all the more enjoyable. Posts have been excessively curated over the past three years – less than 1/4 of my meals have been written – only the best and most fascinating – ranging the spectrum from the majestic fish at Sawada to do-it-all-yourself The Sportsman.
These are not restaurant reviews per se; you could consider them meal reviews. The questions revolve around “what can the chef accomplish”, not “what can the average diner expect.” There are many other blogs that try to answer the latter question. Fortunately, this blog has had some success and, sometimes, when the stars align, the meals featured here can not be bought. Any comped meals and relationships are disclosed.
Pristine sushi, interesting vegetable dishes, raw fish & meat, sufficiently aged meats, citrus, foie gras, Burgundy (particularly Vosnee-Romanee), Mosel Spätlese, squid ink, uni, bottarga, fresh eggs, raw milk, ice cream, grains, wild strawberries, fresh almond milk, New Orleans iced coffee, perfect pasta, canales, Neapolitan pizza, hamburgers, Manhattans, and more.
Ideas for SF would include Cotogna (good luck), One Market (very under-rated), 4505 Meats hamburger (the best), Humphry Slocombe (secret breakfast coke float), Una Pizza (the best, needs a post), Fog City News (great selection of chocolate), Boulette’s Larder (canales!), La Sanctuaire (insanely priced cookbooks), Blue Bottle (New Orleans iced coffee addiction), Dynamo Donuts, Rickhouse (spectacular drinks), and Amber India (butter chicken – mmmm.)
And, finally, between the (sometimes) pretty pictures, I am trying to write compelling stories. Some things that (currently) inspire me: Blood Meridian, Deadwood, Italo Calvino, Jim Jarmusch, JG Ballard, Daniel Day Lewis, Larry David, Thomas Pynchon, McCabe & Mrs Miller, Tom Stoppard, Alan Moore, Mark Knopfler, and more.