Ad Lib, Thomas Keller- Napa, CA

Want to know what it’s like to eat at Ad Lib by Thomas Keller?  Well I can tell you about it and show you.  Ad Lib is was the pop-up restaurant in the Silverado Resort, serving American comfort food, in TK’s fashion of perfection.  With the French Laundry Kitchen under renovation, he opened Ad Lib in order to keep the staffing family on board while TFL slows down a bit with closures and such.  TFL is still open- bee tee dubs.

Let’s look at the food… it’s so seriously delicious that I’ve been twice!  So you walk into the Silverado resort and into a banquet room that has been transformed into a beautiful white tablecloth Thomas Keller restaurant overlooking the golf course. 

As you are seated, The Parker House Rolls arrive.  These brioche buns are so soft and piled with saled butter… Seconds please.

Guess What?  Foie Gras has been all good in CA again for a while, so let’s embrace with the Foie Gras Parfait, topped with Rhubarb Gelee.  I ate the leftover foie on a croissant for breakfast the next morning!

Can Steak Tartare get any better?

It’s not often you have a dish that should be so simple, but ends up changing your life.  This clam chowder is that dish.  I put my first spoonful in my mouth, my eyes lit up, my taste buds exploded, and I exclaimed “Holy Fuck!”

Chicken Schnitzel with Brown Butter

Pork and Beans and Mac and Cheese!

Chopped Steak with mushroom gravy and onion rings.  Ive had it twice, its as delicious as it looks!

This is what a perfect shepherd’s pie looks like, there were no leftovers.

Eggplant Parmesan

Behold!  Short rib Wellington, carved tableside!

And lets end with every dessert on the menu.

Would you like to eat there?  well you cant.  Its closed now!!!

Peace out bitches, I got hella more food to eat.


not about food

I've been out for a while. But a wise man who I respect advised me to get back. So I'm here.
My life lately has been full of the highs of all highs and the lows of all lows. So where does one find the balance? Do I focus on what makes me feel alive and happy or what brings me down to the bottom, or do I try to balance my focus to the center and realize all that I do have (which I must say is a lot and I am a lucky and grateful motherfucker) and how to make it all better? I don't know. I have many amazing supportive people in my life, I have the most beautiful , intelligent, and crazy daughters, I have people that love me and care for me. I'm a very, very lucky dude.
I have like a year of food experiences to show you, but to get started again, I am telling you that I'm a real person, who is as fucked up AND as normal as you are. So if you read this, without being posted on and social media, or blasted out the inter webs... I'm here, and I'm coming back to share with you what I am lucky enough to put in my mouth. So suck it, and thank you.


Back in Las Vegas Again

In Las Vegas again for a trade show, but after work... I gotta eat right?

Night 1: Destroying Umami Burger

Night 2: Before Dinner, we toured Bazaar Meats  one of the line cooks hooks us up with some Olive Spheres.

I cannot resist the Chandelier Bar(make sure to get the Verbena, its a margarita with a Szechuan Button as a garnish, eat it and your mouth is on hallucinogen for 5 minutes)

I cannot resist China Polblano 

Night 3: Yardbird 

Deviled Eggs


Fried Pickles

Fried Pork Rillette


This fried Chicken and Waffles with compressed watermelon and mac n cheese is freaking ridic

Giant Short Rib on Grits

Salisbury Steakmany of us experienced nigthmares that night...

Night 4: Public House  

Sweetbreads, Poutine, and Beet Salad

Fucking Foie Gras Torchon

Poutine, soooo cheesy!!


an incredible Sea Bass

Lobster Mac n Cheese



The Lark, Shoreline Beach Cafe, The Hungry Cat; Santa Barbara, CA

15 years ago I lived in Isla Vista, CA.  A square mile if UCSB college kids, surrounded by the beach.  I havent been back since i left...

Until now.  Im in Santa Barbara for a meeting and it has been so long since ive been there, and when I was there, was working two jobs and living on a college kids bank account...  so I needed to do some research on where to eat.  Luckily, I know how to research.

The Lark, Santa Barbara is my first choice. and what an incredible choice.  If you are in Santa Barbara, make sure to feed your face in here.  We ate damn near the whole menu!

Deviled Eggs

Charcuterie and Crudite

Beet Salad

Pimento Fritters

Duck Liver Pate and Waffles

Crispy Pork Belly

Duck Leg


Braised Short Rib

Crispy lamb Pappardelle

Thats all we ate.

If you happen to be along the beach near the Wharf or Marina, stop by where i used to be a bartender, at Shoreline Beach Cafe.  Where you can enjoy an incredible Mai Tai with your feet in the sand, while watching the sunset.

Then head up the street to The Hungry Cat, and fill your face with sea urchin

squid ink pasta

soft cooked egg in polenta

and a burger and a lobster roll





Marina Kitchen and Ironside Fish & Oyster, San Diego

Our companies customers really hook us up.  We got a tour of the kitchen from the chef of Marina Kitchen in the San Diego Mariott Marquis.  Followed by an off the menu coursed meal which included

Crab Salad and MEAT

Compressed Watermelon Salad

and MEAT!

Then one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego- Ironside Fish & Oyster

Cant come to a place with "oyster" in the name and not order some oysters!

Oh my, I love these octopus tentacles!

Pork Belly with Grapes, oh so nom!

I love me some Uni- Check this shit out- this is one order of Uni- whole shell with Gonads piled up to the freaking ceiling!

Then a bunch more food- a must eat here is the one pound Lobster Roll