He’s opening a winery complex in Georgetown in Seattle.

Charles on his beginning:

I never thought after my teens that I would have to go back to Top Ramen, and at 40 years old, there I was with my wok and my bag of carrots and an onion and my Top Ramen making stir-fries.

Gotta put it all on the line to live your dream.

Not to be an ass here:

Seattle’s Capitol Hill has had a German style beer hall now for a few years: The Rhein Haus. The place is trying to evoke the fabled Bavarian beer halls and I love that, but I haven’t been there and so I can’t judge them on that. It all hangs on the pretzels, man!

But, here is the funny part: The ‘Bavarian’ beer hall was originally named after an ‘Austrian’ family who were made famous in the movie Sound of Music. The owners ran into some naming dispute with the original Van Trapp family (not surprising, really, the family wasn’t just a figment of Hollywood imagination). They decided to rename the new place Rhein Haus, after Germany’s longest river… which doesn’t run through Bavaria, sadly.

So, let me put this in perspective:

I open a restaurant, celebrating classic Californian cuisine, in Germany named after a famous Canadian family and then decide to rename it Mississippi, serving scrimp tacos and Californian Sushi rolls with Zinfandel.

Yeah, that would be weird. But who’s counting. At least we got the continent right and didn’t accidentally name it after a Australian family, right?

Because overdoing it is the American way, we’ve now managed to warp even healthy habits into a new form of eating disorders. Welcome to the era of orthorexia.

Fantastic, and doh again.

Reading some of the “clean” living writing out there, including bestselling books by authors with cult-like followings, you can find dubious claims about “detoxing” – which is not a real thing unless maybe you don’t have a liver.

Oh, I just went down the Youtube rabbit hole. But weekend is coming and eggs must be had for breakfast. The link above shows a super easy trick on how to peel hard boiled eggs. Haven’t tried it yet myself, but I certainly will tomorrow.
As to the rabbit hole that is Youtube: When searching for the same peeling idea in English I found dozens of other ways to quickly or simply, sometimes both, ways to peel eggs. Fascinating what Youtube can be good for.

In excellent Kickstarter campaign of the week I present you the amazing:

NORTH DRINKWARE : Mt. Hood, The Oregon Pint Glass
by Nic Ramirez, Matt and Leigh Capozzi

What a brilliant idea, and already funded. Congrats.

Budweiser ran a shitty ad during the Superbowl, essentially making fun of craft breweries while in the process of buying them left and right and trying to keep their brands alive. It’s shitty and it’s typical and not surprising. And I am not in anyway defending them.

But the craft breweries have their own hypocrisies to deal with and in their spoof video response (at .20 sec into the commercial) they flash a “since 1979” on the screen. Is that suppose to say that craft breweries have been existing for around 30+ years?

Doesn’t that somewhat discount 100’s if not 1000’s of years of craft brewing expertise from all over the world?

The Weihenstephan Brewery can trace its roots at the abbey to 768, as a document from that year refers to a hop garden in the area paying a tithe to the monastery.

Yeah, they also don’t brew peachy pumpkin ales. They brew beer there. Four ingredients, the way God intended beer to be brewed!

Charles Smith is the only person to have won “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine and Wine Enthusiast.

In his own words: “It’s just wine, drink it”.

A rendezvous with ramen.

Stian Korntved Ruud:

The past year I spent most of my time exploring the unique organic qualities of wood and how adding of
a function can beautifully refine a piece of wood. The project will eventually consists of 365 unique hand carved spoons made from various types of wood.

Fantastic project.

Amazon sells it in the US, for 24 1liter bottles for $200. Yeah, that seems about right.

Delicious when hiking in the Alps: #thoughtsfromEurope.


It used to be full of chefs serenely baking in sunlit kitchens. But now I despise the network I used to love.

Yes, I fee the same way. And although We can all point the finger at Guy Fiery and his ever-present over-excited face on every show at every hour on this channel, who’s the person who gave him such a large platform? Or is it just the audience again? The ratings? Guy Fiery is click bait television. And I never turn the channel on again.

We released the Paris 1906 eBook with Apple in their iBook format. Since then, we’ve sold thousands of copies and it reached #2 on their best seller list for a brief time.

We felt, however, that this was too limiting. Rather than create an interactive iBook or Kindle book we’d rather offer up the exact recipes in a format easily accessible on any computer or mobile device. While less interactive, a PDF document allows the user to share the information freely, use it on any screen, and copy it as they wish.

Click through to the store page and see how they encourage you to pay for the book.


“Nutella was something above average, something which was not a necessity,” she says.

“It was something very sweet and modern and different from the classic sweets in Italy… So, to Italians it meant both modernity and the possibility of giving yourself a treat.”

What I love about European global brands is their uncompromising dedicated to a single perfected product.


Ferrero now produces around 365,000 tonnes of Nutella every year in 11 factories around the world. The biggest market is Germany, followed by France and Italy.


Fads are amazing. And it’s amazingly hilarious how much people buy into the hype. Toe shoes and gluten-free diets, the religion of the 21st Century. Well, until we find a new idol to worship and sacrifice our bodies to.

Shakes head.

Should make you really really hungry.

‘The best Pretzels for Everyone’

This is a few years old, but it’s the epic Iron Chef battle I had never seen until this week.

Tom Douglas rules the Pacific Northwest cuisine supreme.

PS: There is a full version of that battle floating around on the inter webs as well. You know how to behave accordingly.

ChefSteps exists to inspire creativity and encourage expertise in the kitchen. Drawing on our years of combined culinary experience, we create hands-on online classes about food and cooking that are both informative and entertaining.

Beautiful website, app, and idea. Made at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA.

The World’s Best Restaurants list is back and here are the highlights for me:

NOMA back at #1.

Eleven Madison Park at #4. Highest ranked US restaurant, part of Danny Meyer group. Well deserved.

Germany’s Vendome comes in at #12, Aqua at #28, Tim Raue at #78, and the epic Die Schwarzwaldstube at #83.

The Test Kitchen in Cape Town at #48 looks incredible.

Increasingly those lists are considering the entire globe, not just Europe and the US, which is great.

And I love that the write-ups include a focus on the interior of the restaurant and the overall experience for the diner. Restaurant eating on that scale, and really on ever scale always includes the taste of the food and the experience in the restaurant. Those things are married together and create a holistic experience.

Now I’m hungry!

So good. Can’t wait for the new season to be available on my PBS app. Coming this Fall. This Fall…. urg.