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Catching up

Posted in Inked Rogue Chefs: The Book, New Product, Personal, Podcast, Sommelier with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by winechef

Lots of catching up to do. I can see by the numbers that you’re still reading, so I feel like an ass for not posting for so long and for neglecting my original readers, I am so sorry. But maybe some of you have been following me and my more current endeavors: the SF WineChef podcast, getting the Inked Rogue Chefs proposal out there, the iPhone App for wine pronunciation Enotria Guide, and working full time as a Wine and Spirits Consultant for the most kick ass wine and spirits store in existence, K&L Wine Merchants. One other thing, I passed my Certified Sake Professional exam. But that’s no excuse. Well, maybe it’s a reason…
Ether way! I’m back! Or at least I’m going to try to throw in a few more posts about some of the more esoteric wine topics that I’m into. First ones that come to mind are Blaufrankish, Spatsburgunder, Zweigelt, and Gruner Veltliner. My position at K&L also includes liaison to the buyer for Germany, Alsace, Austria, Loire, and Eastern Europe. It was kind of a perfect match for someone into the esoteric. I have continued to hod my title of Turley Girl and into all things Cult. Dunn being my latest love. Then there’s the urban wineries, and of course the ridiculously complicated world of sake.


Revolutionary Water Bottle

Posted in Podcast, Product Review on July 16, 2009 by winechef


The impact that plastic water bottles have on the planet, not to mention our bodies and our wallets, is catastrophic.

Last year I discovered Sigg after hearing about an independent test conducted on the influence (or lack there of) from aluminum and the lining deposits, fell and love, and bought one for lots of friends and family. Made from a single piece of aluminum, it’s ultra-lightweight yet rugged and crack-resistant. To minimize unwanted tastes and scents, the inside is lined with a water-based, non-toxic epoxy resin that exceeds FDA leaching requirements. After becoming my primary mode of transporting drinkables (great for a lemon drop on the go) I started to realize how many water bottles it had replaced, and everything that goes along with them. To put it mildly I was floored. I could literally picture the mound of disposed bottles I had avoided. Needless to say I have become an advocate for water bottle alternatives (while still avoiding main stream plastic and don’t even think about Aluminum!)

Now I have a new fixation and I have yet to get my hands on one.

Introducing Kor One

A lightweight plastic bottle, featuring a sleek transparent design, and a convenient pop top with an ergonomic spout that is large enough to consume ice cubes. Kor One bottles are free of hazardous, plastic based, BPA’s, which are thought to contribute to certain cancers and physical abnormalities.

For a quick synopsis on BPA’s check out the article posted by Treehugger. Then place your order for your Kor here.

Update: I was sent a sample bottle and absolutely love it! Listen to the SF WineChef podcast for a listener promocode.

Favorite things of 2008

Posted in Book Review, Chocolate, Cooking at Home, Food News, Personal, Podcast, Pork, Product Review, Sommelier, Wine Review on December 29, 2008 by winechef

Sure it’s a random list, but it’s been a random year. Who knew I’d still be serving at the same restaurant after a year? Add getting married, a trip to Thailand, adopting a Teacup Dane, and pursuing Rogue Chefs full time has made for some amazing experiences. Here is a list of the little things that have contributed to making life just that much better.

M. Chevallier Carte Noir Brut Cava cava

A wedding on a budget. I tasted 6 methode traditional bubblys under $10 to serve at our wedding (the difference? no headache being at the top of the list) and was beyond pleased with this one. At about $60 for a case I made sure to stock up, so the wedding was just the beginning of the experiences with this awesome cava. It served for everything from last minute gifts to Hibiscus tangerine mimosas to an excuse to practice sabreing. Available at Trader Joe’s for $4.99

Metrokane Champagne Sealermetrokane

And on the off chance that you haven’t removed the top of your champagne (or beer) bottle with your trusty 12 inch chef knife and have some champagne left over, this easy to use sealer works better than anything I’ve used. You can store your opened bottles on their sides and never lose a drop. They remove with hardly a flinch and apply with little to no effort. Available online and in stores at Bed Bath and Beyond (I covet the 20% off coupons).

Moo Cards

These are inexpensive unique customizable business cards that can be designed and received within 2 weeks. High quality and always sure to leave an impression on the receiver. I’ve used mine to promote the blog, the book, my chef and sommelier services, and photography. Available online 100 for $19.99 plus shipping and handling.


I did not start out liking this. If it weren’t for my genius techie husband in the adjoining room it probably would have ended up following the sewing machine out the window. The problem? It’s just too easy. It makes too much sense. It practically knows me. And now I can’t imagine life without it. I even love the screen saver. I would however have opted for the bigger screen (24″) if I were to do it over again. And a laptop is on the short list of things to get when I receive that enormous advance for the book I’ve been counting on. Available online and in stores for $1199


My iTunes audio faves of 2008 in order of awesomeness:

goodfoodKCRW’s Good Food, Splendid Table, NPR’s Kitchen Window and NPR Food, and Vinecast.


I wonder where I would be without my iPod, it’s Podcasts, and membership. Needing something to distract from the hour and a half that I spend commuting daily I have become practically addicted to audio distractions. Yes, there is always a print book next to my bed or in my bag, but I have come to rely on audiobooks to help me get through the growing stacks that I have accumulated during the year. There aren’t as many food related audiobooks out there but here are my faves of 08:

Setting the Table by Danny Meyer, Waiter Rant by The Waiter, and Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This may have you fall asleep on the road and still not clear on the concept.

Blue Bottle Coffee

blue-bottleAh, legal crack in the morning. Not available in as many places as necessary but you can find it here. Order more than you think you need.

Breville Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

And make it with this awesome, sleek, effective water heater that can allow you to make perfect batches of french presses at home or while catering…Available online and at Bed Bath and Beyond for $79.99 (use the coupon!).breville

Bacon and…

Oh Vosges, only you could get me addicted to a chocolate that I can’t afford on a regular basis. So thanks to a recent podcast I’m making my own version. And thanks to my husband, I can’t stop dipping my bacon in maple syrup. There was also a drink “Bacon and Eggs” at Epic that used bacon dust to rim a martini glass. Oh and the Maple Bacon lollipops from Lollyphile. The bacon lip balm that I have yet to try. Bacon and Cocoa Nib infused whiskey that I’m making. The Bacon, Chestnut, and Brussels Sprout dish that I am still swooning over. And Bacon and Skulls blog where I can stay up to date on everything Bacon.

That’s about it, now on to 2009…

Server Sound Off Podcast coming soon…

Posted in No! No! No!, Personal, Podcast on August 25, 2008 by winechef


If you’ve read this, or this, or even this, and have been humored, appalled, or educated, then look forward to the podcast version in which we will select the tales of servers done wrong and hopefully even get some air time with a few well known servers that have made an even larger career out of ranting about their career. Stay tuned…

I love, love, LOVE Podcasts!

Posted in Podcast, Uncategorized on June 18, 2007 by winechef

I love, love, love podcasts!

I no longer dread the ridiculous commutes of the Bay Area simply because I have taken full advantage of the podcasts available on iTunes. I listen to them on nature walks, while cooking at home and at client’s homes, in the car… basically any time I have to listen and learn. I am a multi-tasker by nature, as are most chefs, and culinary podcasts are my ultimate learning indulgence, as I have both hands free to cook, clean, steer, or enjoy a glass of wine. As a podcast addict for close to 2 years I have compiled a list of my top faves which I believe anyone and everyone in the industry should be listening to, whether it is food, wine, travel, or current events, you will find the best available here:

CPN: Culinary Podcast Network

A roundtable of culinary related podcasts, everything from a podcast from a culinary school in Chicago to the amazing Mark Tafoya, the host of ReMARKable Palate and a self trained private chef from New York that seems to have been everywhere and has the accents to prove it, along with his partner, Jennifer Iannolo, the host of Food Philosophy, an is equally fun and informative podcaster.

KCRW Good Food

My absolute favorite! Evan Kleiman is an incredible interviewer and chef that gets the best guests. The initial segment, a trip to the local LA farmers market has become one of the segments I look forward to the most, produce that I have never heard of become something I have to have and experience as the descriptions leave my mouth watering and my culinary mind wandering, it becomes almost a treasure hunt for me at my local grocers and farmers markets. And the restaurant reviews by Jonathan Gold almost make me want to visit LA!

NPR Food

Clips from the weekly food related news, on occasion they do a fantastic sister podcast Hidden Kitchens, but not nearly as often as they advertise.

Deconstructing Dinner

What is a frightening look at the foods we grow and eat, Deconstructing Dinner is an unbiased, no holds barred podcast from British Columbia, hosted by Jon Steinman. What is meant to educate consumers to give them “a more discriminating awareness” will scare you more than Fast Food Nation and Super Size Me combines. Be ready to look at all foods in a whole new light.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine

W. Blake Gray concentrates on a bargain bottle of wine every week and is hilarious to listen to, once pairing a wine to guinea pig in Ecuador, and another time chastising, no make that ripping Pinot producers a new one, for making their wines too fruity. I love this guy and usually wait to listen to a month’s worth in a row as they are all usually around 4 minutes each.