Monthly Archives: August 2008

Natty is a wino.

Here is exclusive video of Natty’s first wine tasting.

She felt that the Pinot Noir had a distinct bouquet of black cherry and stone fruit. Smoke, and rosemary laced the bright berry flavors giving way to a delicate, almost lavendar finish. Overall, a very nice vintage.

Listen to the Gabe Dixon Band.


About a year ago, I stumbled across The Gabe Dixon Band while killing time on myspace and instantly bought their EP, Live at World Cafe.

I was very psyched to learn that, today, they released their first full-length studio album.

Gabe Dixon, the pianist, toured with Alison Krauss, O.A.R. and Paul McCartney. If you like Ben Folds Five, Elton John, Jamie Cullum, or any other piano driven pop bands, check them out.

Here’s a youtube video of one of their live performances and the review from Paste Magazine:

“With his latest album, and his debut for Fantasy Records (out August 26th) Dixon stakes his claim as the next great Pop Piano Man. Dixon will remind you of Elton when he still had hair and was making albums like Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water. That’s high praise, and this is one of my favorite records of the year.”
– Paste

Bacon Hypnosis


Seen at the Union Square Greenmarket last week in Manhattan

Ireland Day 8 – Galway


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Last night I went to Tis Coili, a pub with traditional Irish music, traditional Irish drinks, and a traditional Irish guy named Patrick who decided that this particular tourist needed to try each and every beer, wine and spirit that is brewed, distilled and fermented in the fine nation of Ireland. Continue reading

Ireland Day 7 – Cliffs of Moher and Galway


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More tardiness in my updates from Ireland. This morning I drove from Killarney to the Cliffs of Moher and on to Galway. Here are photos: Continue reading

Jack's Bistro: An Epic Birthday Dinner


Last month I turned 30. It was awful. A major midlife crisis. I was just about to grow a ponytail, drop all of my savings on a cherry red convertible and move to Las Vegas to pursue a career as an Elvis impersonator.

But fortunately a very special someone helped cushion the blow of the big three-oh with a very, very special birthday surprise. Continue reading

Cafe Boulud

photo courtesy of the Cafe Boulud website
Last July while in San Diego for work, I had the privlidge to eat at a restaurant called El Bizcocho. The chef, Gavin Kaysen, had just been named to the list of 2007’s Best New Chefs by Food and Wine magazine. I’ve been talking about the meal ever since. Continue reading

National Underwear Day. 8/5/08

How did I miss this??!?!?!?!?!?!?!