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Top Chef NOLA Season Finale Part 1: Maui Wowie

Episode 15 Finale Part 2 * I never understood why they move the finales  to another location.  Two years ago they moved Top Chef Texas to Vancouver and last year … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 8 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

How do you make omelets?

A couple of days ago, someone hit me with this question. Sir Hedonist, can you show me how to make an omelet? And take pictures so that I can do … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 24 Comments

Top Chef: New Orleans – Season Premiere

For last year’s season premiere of Top Chef: Seattle, I posted the following: I didn’t know until a couple days ago that it was starting already and, quite frankly, I … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 12 Comments

Mastering the Art of Filipino pt 2 – Roasted Pig

So I finally got past the bitter melon hurdle. This was a month ago and I was feeling proud of myself and slightly cocky about being a Filipino. It was … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 15 Comments

Cover to Cover Challenge 2013 – Shoyu Ramen

I recently participated in the 2013 Cover to Cover Challenge hosted by The Bitten Word    where their readers collectively made all 47 recipes in the September issue of Bon Appétit.   Those … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 18 Comments

Mastering the Art of Filipino, Pt 1 – Bitter Melon

I was born in the Philippines and came here when I was but a wee young Hedonist.  Growing up, my parents were pretty well-assimilated and made sure that we were, … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 20 Comments

I Never Will Forget Those Nights, I Wonder If It Was a Dream

Nobody on the road, Nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air, The summer’s out of reach. (“The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley)  best dinner ever Here it … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 31 Comments

Garlic Scapes 2.0

Garlic scapes are back in season and I picked up a bunch last weekend at the Farmers’ Market.  If you don’t have a market near you, they also have them … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · 11 Comments

Are you a Cook or a Baker?

Let’s just get this out of the way right now – I suck at baking. As much as I’ve tried, I can’t do both. Why are the two disciplines different? … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 25 Comments