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Just an update!

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Wow so much has happened since the beginning of this year.

I’ve enrolled into a great sommelier school in NYC.

Apprenticing under a famous affineur so that I can learn more about fine art of cheese making.

Started planning some restaurant ideas, but i use the word restaurant very lightly.

Also looking into starting my own non profit…

so many ideas,


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April 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

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Does living alone make you go Crazy?

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So I was reading an article  about living alone.  It’s made me realize that other people have the same weird single living habits like I do.  Before I get into my odd behaviors, let me explain that i grew up living with my parents but mainly had my own privacy 90% of the time.   After college when I started to work I started living alone and then realized that when the doors are closed I turn into a different person.  You really have the freedom to do as you want, no need to be considerate for anyone else’s likes or dislikes.

Lets get into it…

  • I don’t close the door when I’m in the bathroom.  But I always close the door to the bedroom when i’m in it.
  • 75% chance of being nude (fact, snuggies do not stay on your body if you don’t have a shirt on).
  • I eat whenever i’m hungry, I go to the fridge about once or twice every hour.  I can survive on coldcuts … all day long
  • I sleep whenever, wherever, or not at all. (I have black out shades so I can be in total darkness anytime in the day)
  • I use every utensil, plates, and cups before I clean them.
  • I don’t really clean anything up until I realize a huge mess.
  • Sometimes the first thing I do when I step in the door is strip down and just leave my pile of clothes on the ground.
  • I have clean laundry in piles scattered around.
  • I have money laying around in random places that I’ve forgotten about. (not purposely)
  • I hardly ever cook and if you know me well you know I love cooking.
  • I pass bodily gasses without any second thoughts.

That’s about all of the things i’m willing to admit publicly but i’m sure I have more odd habits that i’ve just gotten so use to that I don’t even notice.  I’ve lived with a girlfriend once and lets just say it requires a lot of compromising.  No more being naked all of the time, no more drinking out of any container in the fridge, no more clicking away on the computer until 6am.   I guess change depends on how much you like the other person.  (boy was that a horrible mistake)

Before I end this, I do want you to know that as much as this makes me sound like a slob, usually every week i’ll freak out at the mess I’ve made and i’ll clean everything up and place everything back where it belongs.  Being able to live alone has also made it possible for me to enjoy hanging out alone in public, I don’t mind going out for dinner alone or just relaxing at a cafe alone.   Don’t get me wrong, I love all of my friends but sometimes it’s just self empowering to be self sufficient.

What do you do when you’re alone?

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February 28, 2012 at 2:21 am

Croquetas de Serrano jamon y manchego

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2 tbs butter
2 tbs olive oil
1/4 onion finely diced
7 tbs of flour
1 1/2 cups of milk
6 tbs of chopped up jamon / or any other meat or maybe even mushrooms

so.. melt butter and oilve oil
once melted add onion.. cook medium high heat till its translucent
mix in flour (it will get all pasty and nasty) cook this for about a min… lower the heat a little
then pour in milk slowly so that it can incorporate into the flour mixture
bring back up the heat a little bit until milk flour mixture (bechamel) comes all smooth and creamy (no flour lumps)
add in ham, stir it up for about a min

take off heat and place in a airtight container until cool (overnight is even better)

next day take it out, portion it up until you have about 16 equal ovals., get 3 dishes, one for flour, one for about 2 beaten eggs, one for breadcrumbs
coat a ball of batter in flour lightly, and shake excess off
dip in eggwash, shake excess off
dip in breadcrumbs,… shake it
fry in olive oil,,, (or if u dont have.. any oil is fine) make sure the oil is high enough to fully cover the croquettes. also make sure the temperature is about 325. Should only take 1 min each side. 2 min total.

tip.. only fry 4 at once so the temperature doesn’t drop to much. and always adjust the heat to compensate for heat loss or gain. let them cool down and shove them in yo mouth!

other ideas… instead of jamon you can use some tasty earthy mushrooms, add in some tomato paste into the bechamel, add in some manchego cheese. ideas are endless

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March 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

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Bacon Egg & Cheese

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Haha, I would call it carbonara but i fudged the recipe and wouldn’t want to offend any one from Jersey Shore. haha

Crisped up some thick cut rind on bacon, boiled up some spaghetti.  Drained pasta and moved off heat, tossed in the bacon, a handful of Parmesan, two egg yolks and a splash of milk.  BAM Sunday night dinner made in about 15 minutes.  I love food cooked with very few ingredients and fuss.  Quality ingredients showcase the food for what it is, instead of trying to cover it up with a billion other unneeded ingredients.

While making this i started thinking about doing sketches of the food that I make.  I drew up a few for fun and realized i need to work on template and formatting.  But once I get that done it will be fun!  I much rather look at a sketch then follow a recipe.

Happy Presidents Day!

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February 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

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NYE 2011- Cooking + Drinking + Chaser Plus

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Back from Boston and i knew I had to recreate some of the amazing food I had the night before from Toro.

Here are some NYE Highlights and with the help of a pill called chaser plus, i feel great the next day! haha

Radish salad with blood oranges,  in a blood orange vinaigrette with blueberry honey

Braised Oxtails with tomatoes and root veggies and some good syrah.  dusted with some fine powdered tomatoes

Baby eels flash fried in hot oil from Spain! yumm

Roasted bone marrow on white truffle oil toast with white truffle salt

Sesame soy porkchops with oven roasted shallots, garlic and potatoes

Thanks Rob for the bottle of 90′ Dom Perignon

I’ve invented the Double Flip Cup Challenge.  (atleast i think i did) Standard flip cup rules apply but you have to use both hands to flip both cups over at the SAME time.  Surprisingly its not as hard as it sounds and a fun game! haha

Some tasty Truffle and mushroom omlet with porkchops and onions braised in red wine

Down for the count, Goodnight and i hope everyone has an awesome 2011!

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January 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

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Snowpocalypse 2010 NYC – BOSTON

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Don’t think I let a little snow stop me, lets just say it took an extra day and a man vs wild trek in the snow to get to Boston but I did haha

Lets just say that car isnt going anywhere soon.

Amazing Tapas bar in Boston called Toro. So good that I had I had to recreate a few dishes myself.

Burdick has some amazing hot chocolate, not sipping chocolate but good hot chocolate, usually i dont like this type of hot chocolate at all!

All Star Sandwich, I have to say the reviews and vibe for this place is much better then the actual food. And the poutine was a total fail.

No Trip is complete without a few pics that make you all wonder, WTH MIKE?

Wish I took more pictures, but maybe next time.

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January 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

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you ever have to poop so bad but you were working on something where you just couldnt leave until you were done?


brb gotta poop

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December 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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