What gets your Taste Buds HARD?

Pho makes my mouth wet...

Pho makes my mouth wet…


Idle hands are the Devil’s playground an idle mouth is a fucking amusement park…

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Shade at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market


Turn your head and cough...

Turn your head and cough…


The seedy underbelly of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market that goes unnoticed

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Tapas on Ecstasy


Barcelona. Tapas. 2 chefs who trained under the Adria Brothers. Rioja Blanca. Tuna Belly. Razor Clams. Patatas Bravas. ‘Hamburger.’ Iberico Skewer. Chocolate Bar. Champagne.  I almost OD’d.

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Making Life More Palatable

It's just you and me buddy...

It’s just you and me buddy…


If a tree farts in the forest and no one is there to smell it does it still make a sound?

—  Kim Kardashian



After reading this prophetic quote from the Queen of All-Media, by the way she never said that nor has she uttered anything remotely close to prophetic, I pondered Perceived Existence and it’s obvious effects on food and sushi in particular.


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Breaking the Fourth Wall


After 3 bottles of wine, it tasted better than it looked...

After 3 bottles of wine, it tasted better than it looked…


I was cooking spaghetti and meatballs on Sunday, my best friend bursts through the door and said something to the effect of, ‘Goddamn, I love me the smell of garlic, olive oil, and herbs being sauteed.  I can smell that shit from the street.’  Picture a six-foot-six guy from Georgia as a bull in a china shop and that’s what were dealing with.  That me to thinking, out of all the things I’ve smelled in both my grandma’s kitchen, or any of the professional kitchens I’ve worked in, or restaurants, what’s my favorite kitchen smell?


For me, it’s almost as easy choosing your favorite child, my favorite smell is sliced chiles and garlic sauteed in a super hot pan.  The fragrance from the garlic fills the kitchen and the spice from the chile literally warms your eyes.  There’s nothing better.  Well maybe fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.  Or bacon.  Or lasagna.  Or pancakes.  You get the idea.

(ed. note :  I don’t have children, so I live vicariously through my friends with kids and I don’t I could choose my favorite out of theirs.)


What’s your favorite smell in the kitchen?  Let me know in the comments.

Making Life More Palatable


from theroamingbelly.blogspot.com

from theroamingbelly.blogspot.com


Why do they do this? 


Why did Rachel Tepper write a good article, about a great place, making something signature to their establishment, detail the people behind the movement, and then at the end of the article give you a recipe on how to make it yourself?  I know the recipe is added so the people not living in or around the Los Angeles area can make their own.  But for the few million living near LA, you’re basically telling everyone the exact way to do it themselves and taking business away from the place you just highlighted.  I just think maybe she should link to the recipe and put more into the article itself.


All I can say is, I will guarantee whatever comes out of your kitchen won’t compare to the churro ice cream sandwiches served to you at Churro Borough, but if this article get’s you cooking, then job well done Rachel Tepper.

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You're gonna put me where?

You’re gonna put me where?


If you don’t know, now you know!                   — Biggie



Click on the link above if you want to watch a two-minute video of the ’11 foods you should never refrigerate.’

Read below if you’re too lazy to watch a video or don’t have the time and want the Rick’s Notes version.


1. Tomatoes: It’ll make it all mealy and taste like shit.

2. Melons: If it’s whole and uncut, it’ll lose its antioxidants. Kinda like being uncircumcised.  But if you put it in sliced in the fridge and uncovered then SEE #1.

3. Potatoes: It’ll make it mealy and taste like shit. (I see a pattern forming)

4. Onions: It’ll get moldy and mushy.  Which will make it taste like shit.

5. Coffee:  It’ll lose flavor and absorb odors.  And if you have a bunch of food in your fridge that shouldn’t be there, it’ll make your coffee not only taste like shit, but smell like shit too.

6. Garlic: It’ll sprout and get moldy.

7. Alcohol: Should be left at room temp but they didn’t give a reason why.

8. Honey:  It’ll crystallize and thicken faster.  Finally something that doesn’t effect its flavor.

9. Hot Sauce: Most can be stored for 3 years(!) Of course the one thing I use the most has the longest shelf life.

10. Bread:  It’ll get dry. Yeah try leaving it out in the open air.

11. Basil: It’ll wilt and absorb odors.  (Hint: To keep it from tasting like shit, you can wrap it in a moist paper towel and keep it in the fridge, or if you live on Barefoot Contessa’s TV set you can have a vase perfectly placed on your window sill)