Spotlight: Executive Chef Daniel Bell

Soho Kitchen and Lounge Executive Chef Daniel Bell started in food service when he was just 16 years old.  Two years later he was cooking. He was also a promising tennis player, until a devastating shoulder, then a hip injuries changed all that. Had he gone on toward Wimbledon, foodies would have missed out on Chef Bell’s culinary creations. Bell has been Chef for three of Madeleine Griffin’s restaurants to date — first at Madeleine’s Wine […]

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I Found Out on Facebook….

There are lovers and haters of Facebook. For the haters, it can be more than you ever wanted to know about your adult child who hints he is destitute and then sends out an “I’m having a kick-ass party” status two hours after you sent him “gas money” and has posted pictures of said party on the night he allegedly needed the gas to get to work. It can also provide you more than you ever […]

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Hot Chocolate Pudding and Cold Scrambled Eggs

It seems like I was always an angry child. Not the throw-fits-in-the-grocery-store kind of angry. Not the slam doors or pull-off-the-wings-of butterflies angry. Although I did a little of the former — a couple of times, and got smacked for doing it. No my anger turned itself on me in the form of headaches — stabbing, killer headaches that constantly felt like someone was ramming an ice pick into my head. My mother gave me […]

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Tristan Risk Up for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards

There is an art to taking off one’s clothing. While you might think it all falls under “stripping,” Tristan Risk is not a stripper. Pin-up queen, actress and model; “Little Miss Risk” is a performance artist with the Vancouver troupe “Sweet Soul Burlesque.” She is also a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the 2014 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards for her portrayal of Beatress Johnson in the Soska Sisters and Twisted Twins Productions’ horror film, American Mary. Beatress, in […]

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ACT NOW to be Part of a 2014 Wine Documentary!

Wil Fernandez needs $20,000.  Since he announced his Vintage 2014: The stories behind the vines documentary project, he has gotten pledges for over $8,000 of that through Kickstarter. But a crucial deadline approaches. Timing is critical, or as we say in the legal contracts world, “Time is of the essence.” For this project to get off the ground, Wil and his team need to raise another $12,000 in pledges in just 7 days.  Now I […]

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Sneak Peek: Soho Kitchen & Lounge in Seabrook

They say you cannot replace a good hairdresser or bartender. That also goes for a good restaurateur. Restaurateur extraordinaire Madeleine Griffin and son Christopher Janoušek have a new venture near Houston, Texas. It’s called Soho Kitchen and Lounge. Set up in the former Coffee Oasis location at 4950 NASA 1 in Seabrook, SoHo Kitchen and Lounge is now in the process of Madeleine’s magical renovations. She tells us a wrap-around bar and open kitchen concept […]

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Navel Gazing With The Wino: Year End Magic and Loss Edition

I’ve written before about Lester Bangs. He’s a hero of mine. Forget that he was a rock critic. Hell, forget that he was a critic. He was a writer. A great one. He did work as a critic, however, so those of us that remember him do so because of the unique voice he used to tell us about music we should and should not be listening to. Percy Shelly once said, “Reviewers, with some rare […]

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DIY: Wine Glass Charms in 5 Easy Steps

I cannot remember which glass of wine is mine! Do your guests set down their glasses of wine and then forget which one is theirs? Sure, you can buy a couple dozen wine glass identifiers, but why not make your own unique wine glass charms? We’ve hosted our First Fridays wine tastings for nearly a year now, and it never fails; a guest will put her glass down on the table for a few minutes, […]

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Happy National Zinfandel Day

Celebrate National Zinfandel Day by securing your trip to San Francisco for the 2014 ZAP Festival with The Zinfandel VIP Getaway package! Experience this premier Annual Zinfandel Festival, scheduled for January 23-25, 2014 at the historic Presidio. The Zinfandel VIP Getaway includes two tickets to all four fantastic events, with VIP entry to Thursday’s Epicuria Food & Zin Pairing with early tasting opportunity and Preferred seating at the Friday’s Winemakers Dinner & Auction with select […]

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