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The Restaurant At Meadowood: Mt. St. Helena’s Best Kept Secret (Retrospect Review)

“Nestled away in a piney cul-de-sac of Napa Valley, the Meadowood resort has always been a place of secluded beauty, but for several years its restaurant gave up trying to compete with big names like the French Laundry and Domaine Chandon”- John Mariani, Esquire 10/10/2006 Meadowood’s reputation is perceived as the runner-up 3-Star Destination of the entire … Continue reading

Foodoofus Special Issue: Return to NYC Part 2 Finale: Le Bernardin

“Can you send me the menu?… **after reading it online** Come on son, I don’t know about this place, you know I’m not really into this sort of thing…but it’s all good.” ***Author’s Note*** I know the ending to this two-part series was long overdue so be prepared with my content binge in entertainment, food … Continue reading

Foodoofus Special Issue: International Bound, Canada: Toronto, Part 1

“Look at that man… *points to Lake Ontario*…the view, this is why I love this city and rep the 6 (416)… it doesn’t get any better than this” – Ken, Cousin, and Long-Time T.O. Native Pride, something everyone has when they love a place so much that their enthusiasm is deeply rooted from soft beginnings. For … Continue reading

Flavor Profile: Molecular Gastronomy Sous-Vide Style

 “It [Sous-Vide] has the potential to be the biggest change in domestic kitchens since the microwave. It has already created the biggest change in commercial kitchens since electricity was used in cooking” -Heston Blumenthal, Chef and Owner of the Fat Duck Have you ever struggled with cooking a steak to a perfect medium rare without … Continue reading

Meticulous Mouthfuls: Sons and Daughters, one star and two parallels

“We are the children of the S.F. culinary scene… the sons and daughters of this place.” – Waiter quoting the Owners of S & D Nob Hill, San Francisco…originally known as California hill and home of a select few of influential chefs who made quite an impact on the Northern California fine dining scene. Hubert … Continue reading

Original Ramen Burger Remixed In San Jose

“What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else?” -Arnold Schwarzenegger (Ex. California Governor/Celebrity Bodybuilder) Originality plays a role in all forms of life. A lot of people believe that the core idea of originality isn’t necessarily belonging in of itself but rather a gathering of … Continue reading

The Flavor Profile: Butter

“Bread, milk and butter are of venerable antiquity. They taste of the morning of the world.” – Leigh Hunt ‘The Seer’ Butter: one of the quintessential ingredients of the kitchen. There’s nothing more satisfying than adding a touch of butter to a plate and the flavors make a world of difference. As you may recall, … Continue reading

Nikko’s: Oakland/Alameda’s (Almost) Always Open 24/7 Diner

“Um, two days ago, I saw the place open… I don’t know why it’s not opened now?” Around the time we were doing this issue of Foodoofus, we came here to pre-plan for the following week on highlighting this place. Our bad luck would turn for the worst, we didn’t have any success finding an … Continue reading

Meticulous Mouthfuls: Enter the New Challenger of Farm-To-Table Dining, Homestead

“Another new place in Piedmont, let’s hope this isn’t a bust…” After some careful consideration, I wanted to showcase my knowledge and opinions through another new series I devised, Meticulous Mouthfuls. Sort of a cliche’ Gourmand’s palate pusher if you will. This time around, you’ll get a fully illustrated perspective on how I really feel … Continue reading

Ben’s: Waterfront District’s Blue Collar Culinary Corner

“The flavors are really clean… and it’s so cheap!”- D.T. The Intern 9:00am last friday on a somewhat nippy East Bay Morning, the intern and I went to scour out this hidden gem in Oakland Chinatown. What’s interesting is, I’ve probably past this place three times within my entire residency of the Bay Area and … Continue reading

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