Happy New Year!

Well it’s been along twelve months since I began my blog. Over that time, I’ve only made a handful of blog posts. Not nearly as much as I had planned – but as many of you know – life gets in the way at times. It is my plan to post more – a lot…

Life in the RA…

So if you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I recently accepted a job as an Assistant Restaurant Manager for RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant. After nine weeks of training, I can honestly say that I feel ready! And apparently so does my superiors! Just wanted to give y’all an update: Two weeks after I…

Restaurant Reviews…

So I’m almost finished with my Management training with RA Sushi but I have managed to stop by three restaurants for a first time visit the past week. I am super excited to share these three with you all! First up is Bruxie: Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches! They have six locations in SoCal (Chino Hills, Irvine, Brea,…

Uber vs Lyft vs SideCar…

Those who know me know that I’ve owned a small red Ford Ranger XLT pickup truck for the past eight years. This little truck has helped me move several times – as well as help those friends in need as well. It was a 4.0L V6 engine that didn’t get very great gas mileage. It…

I’m back…sorta…I never really left…

Hey everyone! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted – I’m sorry! I’ve allowed my life to be consumed with my current job as a Head Chef of a local Italian restaurant in SoCal. But I have great news… I have been offered and have accepted a job with Benihana National Corporation! I’m still…

[CLOSED!] Bully Burgrz in Murrieta!

Unfortunately, a few months after I published this blog posting, Bully Burgz closed its doors. The owner Dan is a great man and well known in our community. I wish him the best in his future endeavors! ~~*~~*~~*~~ Brand new burger restaurant in Murrieta opened just a few months ago. I’ve been meaning to stop by to…

Devilicious Eatery…

…This amazing new gastropub is situated in Old Town Temecula, just one block north of the Stampede. It shares the same building with Luke’s On Front and Tabu Sushi – as well as a boutique shop. The owners, a father and son tandem, are great humble men. They own a food truck by the same…

Easter is fast approaching…

…For anyone who works in the restaurant/hotel/food business – you know that the Easter holiday is a huge money draw. Most full service restaurants expect to be at or near full capacity for a few solid hours, starting around noon and through to about 3pm. This depends on your business style and set up, obviously….

Burger Lounge (Temecula, CA)

Holy moly! I was **finally** able to dine here tonight with my son, Gavin. We had stopped by two weeks ago, unknowingly on their private soft opening ‘Friends and Family’ night. While we weren’t able to dine that night, my son and I vowed to stop by later the following week. Well fast forward two…

Country Gravy…SOS?

It’s funny how one can remember recipes from  decades ago.  One of the first recipes I learned as a cook in the Marines was “creamed beef” – or country gravy. Every morning, Every day. We were required to have our recipe in front of us at all times. Gather our mise en place. This was…

Creme Brulee!

I decided to make creme brulee on Saturday because my son has been BEGGING me to show him how to make it. When I worked at Zagara Italian Eatery, I made the creme brulee. And received much praise for it. So I wanted to share this simple recipe with you – my readers! Here is…

A Little Sweet Shop

In my travels abroad, I love stopping at new shops or a shop tucked away, off the beaten path. Antique shops, dive bars, or a small “Mom & Pop” restaurants. This past Monday, January 12th, 2015, I had traveled to Rancho Santa Margarita, California to pick up 400lb granite slab for my friend. Driving from…