Chris Cosentino, the cycling chef


About a year ago, I started noticing more chefs getting into cycling – Top Chef Masters Neal Fraser and Chris Cosentino, specifically. I’m not talking about casual strolls through the neighborhood either. I saw them riding expensive carbon fiber road bikes on long rides, climbing big hills. I followed both on the Strava app (back…


A recent article in Saveur magazine struck a chord with me and I wanted to share a bit of it with you today. Erez Komarovsky, a well known baker from Isreal, hit the nail on the head when he talked about recipes. They serve a purpose – to guide you to the creation of a…

Vegan Shitstorm


Doug shared an Instagram post from actor Chris Pratt in our Facebook group earlier this week that showed just how venomous vegans can be. The picture was beautiful – an artful array of butchered lamb, the animal raised by Chris and his family on their farm. The comments were anything but beautiful, however. I’ve never…

Sexual Misconduct


I didn’t know how to approach this topic, so I’ve stayed away from it until I was ready to talk. When the allegations of sexual misconduct came out against John Besh, I couldn’t say I didn’t see it coming. What broadsided me were the allegations, and subsequent admission from Mario Batali. I’ve always liked him,…

2x Spicy Chicken Ramen


This stuff is marketed as the spiciest ramen available. It’s pretty hot, and very delicious. There’s a huge challenge all over the internet with people doing speed challenges to see who will finish first – or finish at all. It’s one of the spiciest bowls of noodles you can find. If you get a chance…

spokes episode 2 :: back bay, newport beach


One of my favorite bike rides takes us from Peters Canyon Trail in Irvine into scenic Back Bay in Newport Beach. The winds tend to make things a little slow in spots, but the journey is well worth it. Music by Drake Stafford

spokes :: episode 1


In the first episode of Spokes, I take you on a short spin on my fixed gear bike through a couple of paths here in Irvine. Then we make a quick espresso with the Minipresso from Wacaco. Music by Drake Stafford Check out the Minipresso from Wacaco:

Potato Leek Soup


Today on My Life as a Foodie In the Kitchen we’re making Potato Leek Soup, or (served cold) vichyssoise to the French. Usually served cold in France, it’s a pureed soup of leeks, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock. I like to serve this soup warm, but then you can’t call it vichyssoise. To me, it’s…

Out To Lunch :: Snooze


Founded by two brothers in Denver with locations in Texas, Arizona, California, and Colorado, Snooze is an outside the box breakfast and brunch stop that is, safe to say, no Denny’s. With creative twists on American classics, a casual atmosphere, friendly staff, and relatively affordable prices, it’s a refreshing change to the doldrums of American…

Curing and Smoking Your Own Pastrami at Home


If there’s such a thing as Beef Bacon, this is it. Pastrami is stupid easy to make. This 3-minute video will show you how. Everything in this recipe can be purchased at a grocery store, with the exception of pink salt. That can be found online at or