The Food and Wine Hedonist

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Puerto Rico Eats: Mi Casa by Jose Andres

Even though the spa and the service at the Ritz-Carlton in Puerto Rico left much to be desired, I do need to give them credit for some really good food. … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 7 Comments

Detroit Eats Part 1: Selden Standard

A couple of months ago, Boom Boom and I spent the night in downtown Detroit to celebrate my birthday.   I know, I know – not exactly the most romantic … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 14 Comments

Chicago Eats – Xoco

I FINALLY got around to trying Rick Bayless’ Mexican streetfood place – Xoco. It’s been open for a few years but the few times that I was in the area … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 16 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 6 – Campfires, Cream Cheese and Countryside

Episode 5 Episode 7 *** At the beginning of the season I said I’d try to post a recipe based on one of the dishes from each episode.  Of course, … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Dream House Dinner: Austrian Food and Wine Showcase

It was about ten years ago that I first heard about underground restaurants.  The article talked about these cool little places where diners went for multi-course meals prepared by a … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · 14 Comments

Top Chef Seattle Episode 17: Finale Part 2

Episode 16 Before I get into this week’s recap, I want to thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed these recaps as I (most of the time) enjoyed … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

Top Chef Seattle Episode 2: A Shock at the Space Needle

Episode 1         Episode 3 It’s episode two and I’m really kind of confused on how to approach this.  On one hand, it’s early in the season and … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · 8 Comments

Top Chef – Episode 10: “Restaurant Wars”

Previous Episode             Next Episode It’s Restaurant Wars week!  It’s that critical Top Chef challenge where teams have to create a new restaurant – from scratch!  … Continue reading

January 13, 2012 · 6 Comments

Top Chef Texas – Episode 6: “Higher Steaks”

Last week’s Episode   Next week’s Episode It’s week 6 of Bravo’s Top Chef Texas and the contestants are still rockin’ in Dallas.  I just now noticed that the opening montage … Continue reading

December 8, 2011 · 4 Comments

Top Chef Texas – Episode 5: “Don’t be Tardy for the Dinner Party”

Last Week’s Episode    Next week’s Episode Damn.  I’m starting to get roped in.  I was really thinking I could drop off this show by playing the angle of “”no hot … Continue reading

December 1, 2011 · 7 Comments