The Food and Wine Hedonist

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Food for Commoners: Red Lobster

I’m still waiting for Food Network, Travel Network, Bravo – heck, even QVC – to call me about my show idea.  That’s the one where I’d have major foodies like … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 18 Comments

Top Chef Charleston Episode 12 – Cooking Away Again in Margaritaville

Near the end of every season, the contest moves to a completely different location.  A few years ago they moved from Texas to Vancouver, Seattle went to LA, California went … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Top Chef Charleston, Episode 11 – Adios Charleston, Hello James

Last week I came up with the idea of a drinking game where viewers would do a shot when someone mentions any of the cliches that usually come towards the … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

California Hedonizing – Up the Coast

Los Angeles was awesome and we could’ve stayed there for much longer,  but San Francisco was calling our names.  The fastest route would’ve been to take I-5 , which is … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Top Chef Charleston Episode 10 – Shrimp Boats and Hat Ladies

Earlier in the season, I thought of a drinking game where viewers do a shot whenever someone said “y’all” but gave that up when I realized I would’ve gotten schnockered … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Top Chef Charleston Episode 9 – For the Kids

The major theme for this season was a “match” of sorts between Top Chef rookies and veterans from previous seasons.   In the first episode, Emily said that they’ve all … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

California Hedonizing – Los Angeles, Day 2

On the second day of our California trip, my nephew had to do a few errands so I tagged along to see more of the city. I always find that … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · 4 Comments

Top Chef Charleston Episode 8 – Restaurant Wars

To those of you who have read my recaps of Top Chef in the past, please forgive me for repeating what I always say about Restaurant Wars. – I don’t … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

California Hedonizing – Los Angeles, Day 1

We were supposed to go down to Houston on New Year’s Day to spend a week with my in-laws.     But there was a change of plans to where … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Top Chef Charleston Episode 7 – Booty

A  couple of seasons ago in New Orleans, Nicholas was one of the most hated chefs in the competition.  Many didn’t like his attitude and thought his food was inferior … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 2 Comments