Tim’s Paella Party

Had a very fun filled afternoon and evening over the weekend at a friend’s beautiful enchanted hilltop estate in Placerville California celebrating our friend Tim’s birthday at his annual Paella Party. Tim and his wife Joanne made a delicious paella that was fascinating to watch being put together and cooked over a few hours. They’re…

Franklin BBQ, Austin Texas

There’s BBQ, then there’s GREAT BBQ.  Franklin BBQ at 900 E 11th Street in Austin Texas is legendary for it’s famous smoked BBQ Brisket and Ribs and they are in the list of top 50 best BBQ’s in the world. Click below for short clip filmed at the counter. Aaron Franklin and his mastery of BBQ…

It’s about cheeses on a rainy day

It’s been raining here in Northern California for the past several days. The skies have been dark, the breezes chilly, and the rain keeps coming and going as the storms roll by overhead. Perfect weather for enjoying some wine and cheese for a weekend lunchtime feast. We hopped in the car and went to our local Nugget Grocery…

A Culinary Dream Come True

To start off with, I’m a foodie. I admit it. I’m a food geek who not only really enjoys cooking all kinds of cuisines at home, I’m also an obsessed eater who goes out of my way to search out great food and drinks every where I go. Since I travel for my job, that has presented a lot of opportunities…

Steak n Shake Restaurant

While in Las Vegas on a recent vacation, my family and I dined in our casino/resort at a restaurant called Steak n Shake.  I hear they are famous?  This was the first time we had heard of the place and since we were in the mood for burgers we decided to try out them out. For our orders we went with…

Ristorante Savini, Amsterdam NL

While working in Amsterdam I dined out nightly at the local restaurants.  There were many great ones to choose from, all featuring authentic dishes to their ethnicity – it was foodie nirvana! This night I dined outside at an Italian restaurant called Ristorante Savini, Cucina Italiana. Located at Spuistraat 1D, 1012 SP Amsterdam, their website…

36 Handles Pub & Eatery, El Dorado Hills CA

Richard Righton has done it again! The owner of the successful Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom, and Relish Burger Bar in El Dorado Hills has opened his 3rd restaurant (nearly next door to Relish) called 36 Handles Irish Pub & Eatery, and from our first visit I can tell you right now that Richard has…

Water Grill in Los Angeles

I had the extreme pleasure of dining at the Water Grill in Los Angeles on company business while in Southern California this past week. The ambiance, service and food were absolutely fantastic.  The best way to describe this restaurant is to refer to their website which offers the following  definition and industry reviews. Water Grill is…

Blue Nami in Folsom

My wife and I enjoy good sushi and we’ve been many times to a variety of the local sushi restaurants in Folsom. Recently a new sushi place opened in the new Palladio Mall in Folsom, called Blue Nami. I hadn’t had a chance to try them out yet when recently my good friend Tom told…

Prix Fixe at Back Wine Bar and Bistro

Back Bistro, 25075 Blue Ravine Rd. #160, Folsom Last week my better half, Mrs Burrell, and I tried out the new Prix Fixe Tuesday menu at Back Wine Bar and Bistro and we had a great time enjoying some very delicious culinary creations.  Every thing we had was perfection, we highly recommend trying Back Wine Bar…

Chicken Soup For The Soul

Grandma always said, “Chicken soup is good for you!” When it starts to get colder and the weather is dreary and dark,  it makes for a nice setting to make a large batch of chicken broth.Cooking up a batch of broth always warms the entire house with a very nice aroma that lasts all day long…

Cooking with Spices

Spices for taste Spices are what make our food preparations better tasting – the mixtures and results are the science of culinary art. There are so many flavors, hot, sweet, salty and more. The mixtures and concoctions of spice blends are endless. Wikipedia has a great description of spices: A spice is a dried seed, fruit,root,  bark, leaf, or vegetative substance used…