Organic Chicken Brest With Fresh Veggies

I know pretty much all of my posts so far have been about all my favorite junk food from my life experiences and travels. Well, it is has finally caught up to me. Now in my late twenties my metabolism has said,“Fuck you dude, I’m slowing down and you’re getting a belly.” Alright metabolism, touché. You want to play like that? Then I guess I will just have to go on a diet . Sigh.

Simply, diets suck. I am doing the Paleo Diet which means no carbs, dairy or grains. Pretty much everything I love has been cut out of my routine. I didn’t realize how depressing life is without cheese until now.

This diet has forced me to cook for myself more than usual and I am finding that to be very enjoyable. Pictured above is organic chicken breast with bell peppers, cilantro and broccoli.

So far I’m 4 days in and have dropped 5 lbs. Booyah metabolism!

Truffle Chicken and Tomato Bisque at Sweetsalt Foods

I LOVE my job. But occasionally I have to drag my ass out to Toluca Lake , do math and settle up my petty cash reports. This is not fun. However there is one reward for completing a pile of paperwork, and that is lunch at Sweetsalt Food Shop.  Chef Alex Eusebio of Top Chef Season 5 fame opened the perfect lunch spot.  Simple fresh sandwiches, salads and soups is what they do and they do it to perfection. On my most resent excursion to Sweetsalt I had the Truffle Chicken Sandwich and I talked my co-worker into the Shrimp Po’ Boy.  If you are a grilled cheese head like I am, you have to try theirs because well Gruyère and White Cheddar are soul mates. Avoid the line and show up after the lunch rush. Next time I am going to try the Buffalo Chicken Wrap… Drool…

Leo Beer. Chiang Mai, Thailand

There is nothing better on a hot muggy day in Thailand than a Leo beer. Cheap, refreshing and full flavored, this beer will soothe the pain from that Muay Thai fight you just lost.

Here is a tip so you don’t sound like a tourist. Singha beer is pronounced “sing” the “ha” is silent.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog. Echo Park

2 A.M. You have been at Gold Room sucking back several of the $4 PBR and tequila specials. (more details  on Gold Room in a forthcoming post) You catch your friend’s band at Lot 1 across the street and then finish off the night by dancing your beer and tequila soaked ass off at the Short Stop.

After last call you stumble to the street, hungry for something substantial to soak up all the cheap booze you have been pounding .

Fortunately you are in Echo Park, the land of the bacon wrapped hot dog. You can find a sweet little Mexican lady grilling up these hefty bundles of heartburn on virtually every corner. A mere $3 will score you a bacon wrapped dog, grilled onion, jalapeño , ketchup, mustard and mayo.

Tums not included.

The Best Fish Taco Ever. El Tesoro, SF

When it comes to Mexican food, there is a simple rule to follow. The sketchier an establishment looks, the better the food is.

This couldn’t be more true for El Tesoro Taqueria and Grill.  This tiny little grill is located inside a liquor store on Geary in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.  You can get a 40 of old English, tacos, crack and a lotto ticket all in one stop.

What makes it so delicious? Home made tortillas, fresh, spicy salsa, cheap tilapia and a sprinkle of dirty Tenderloin crack head energy.

My advice. Go to Hemlock Tavern on Polk. Enjoy the happy hour ($5 for a PBR and Shot of Jameson) then stumble down to El Tesoro for a fish taco that will blow your freakin’ mind!

Here is a recipe

One hour of free time.

All the ingredients to make cookies.

Special butter, if you know what  I’m talking about

Some colorful frosting.

Creative inspiration from the active ingredient in the special butter.

What do you get?

Tranny The Snow Man / Woman

Inappropriate cookies. Happy holidays.

Pork Belly Tacos at Soul Gastropub in Charlotte, NC

I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical of Charlotte, NC when I found out we were shooting an episode of Man V. Food Nation there. I wondered what North Carolina had to offer other than BBQ. To be even more honest, I was expecting Charlotte to be a city full of toothless closed-minded hicks. That could not have been further from truth.

Charlotte has, friendly people, lots of live music and a surprisingly wide range of delicious dining options. They also have the best chicken wings I have ever had, but that’s another post.

Working on a food show has its perks. As soon as people find out who we are, they all want to point us in the direction of the best food. They did.

Above is the glazed pork belly and watermelon tacos from Soul Gastrolounge .

Bapu Fists a Turkey

From time to time you will hear stories of my mustache having, whisky drinking roommate. His real life is far more interesting than those of  most movie characters.  This is a picture from Thanksgiving 2010. Bapu is demonstraiting how to remove the giblets package while looking like a total pervert.

On a serious note, last year at this time there was a lot of very hard stuff going on in my life. I want to say a deep thank you to everyone in my life who was there for me. This life is a good one because of the family and friends I have in it. I love you all.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Now go out there and do something weird with a turkey!

Steak Face

There is a tradition that cannot be broken. When in Palm Springs, eat at Arnold Palmers. The restaurant’s namesake not only knows how to perfectly blend ice tea and lemonade, but he is a pretty good golfer too.

Arrive early and hit the putting green out back. Grab a glass of wine and order the lobster mac n’ cheese. Lobsters live their entire lives hoping to some day be a part of this  mac n’ cheese.

Arnold Palmers is a steak house. Get the bone in rib eye, thank me later.

Bone In Ribeye

Best mac n' cheese ever

Chocolate Cock Macaroon

There is a place in the Castro District of San Francisco called Hot Cookie. The Man V. Food crew was kind enough to buy me desert from this unique bakery.

I would like to share an excerpt  from a recent yelp review.  “I like phallic cookies. The balls were the best part.”