The Food and Wine Hedonist

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Zen Moments with the Buddha Hand

I was doing my weekly grocery shopping and while perusing the produce section I came across what looked like a big pile of gnarly, bright yellow chicken feet.  I took … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · 17 Comments

Top Chef Episode 13 : Bike & Borrow & Steal

Previous Episode                       Next Episode Last week, I was pissed off because the producers put stupid restrictions on the chefs in … Continue reading

February 2, 2012 · 3 Comments

Top Chef – Episode 8: “Tribute Dinner”

Last Episode                                                          … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

Top Chef – Episode 7: “Game On”

Last Week’s Episode  Next Week’s Episode Padma: “I think, clearly, the pressure of the competition is starting to wear on some of them.” Tom (dismissively): “That’s kind of irrelevant, we … Continue reading

December 15, 2011 · 3 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

Top Chef Texas – Episode 4: “Red Hot Chili Cookoff”

Last Week’s Episode  Next Week’s Episode I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  I was away and my brother didn’t have Bravo on his cable plan, so I wasn’t … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · 9 Comments

Top Chef Texas – Episode 3: “Quinceanera”

Last week’s episode   Next week’s episode   It’s week three and, until now, I haven’t really seen anything that sets apart Top Chef from any other cooking competition show.  … Continue reading

November 17, 2011 · 8 Comments

Top Chef Texas – Episode 2: “The Heat is On”

Last week’s episode   Next week’s episode Last week we saw the first two groups of chefs try to cook their way into the competition.  Several have made it into … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · 7 Comments

Top Chef Texas – Episode 1: “Everything’s Bigger in Texas”

Next week’s episode As if I needed another weekly blog commitment, Bravo’s Top Chef returns for another season.  A couple of months ago, I posted about our dinner at Chicago’s … Continue reading

November 4, 2011 · 5 Comments