Paso Robles, CA
This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this. And I suppose it’s long overdue, because I love food. And I come from a family with incredible writing skills, and I believe some of those skills have trickled down into me and my food loving genes.
I’m not one of these “foodies.” By that I mean, I don’t want to label myself as one who likes to go to fancy restaurants, order the foie gras just because a certain guy on the Travel Channel says it’s “unctuous” and one of the best things you can ever eat in your life. Not to say that I don’t love foie gras, but you don’t have to pay top dollar to eat great food and/or drink great wine. Unctuous, by the way, is one of those words you’ll never hear me say. I don’t believe it in. It’s pompous. It’s saying, “I know a few fancy words that I picked up from food critics, so I can use them in my own blog.”
For a long time, I didn’t even believe in “blogging.” Some “foodies” think that because they like food and have been to nice places they can write about it. But I think that I can convey a strong passion for something that I love doing. Because I don’t just like food. I live it. I am immersed in it on a daily basis. I have been on the line in a restaurant and had to butcher whole tenderloins of beef, clean the veins out of a lobe of foie gras, and seen the tickets stack up in a printer while you’re concentrating on which steak to pull out of the oven first. I’ve scrubbed pots and pans for years, opened “La Grand Dame” for a table, and created cocktails and beer lists for a restaurant.
I’m not trying to toot my own horn. I just love to talk, and write, and teach. I love to share my experiences. I love to hear about your experiences. Some talk over a dinner table about how they prepared the turkey. I’ll use this blog to do so. And hopefully we can exchange tales of life and the wonderful things in it, like food, wine and music.