Neighborhood Eats: Spare Tire Shenanigans

Magneto and I have become regulars at the gastropub down the street, their Southern Fried Chicken sandwich and our favorite bartender being the main reasons. We found ourselves there recently, and it was everything we needed in that moment. We started with the Irish Nachos (top photo), a glorious old standard from our fat days […]

Traveling Circus: TV Life

Some of you may know this, others not. Technically, I work in television – Netflix shows, YouTube series, and SVOD content. Sometimes that means I travel for work; sometimes that’s great (Paso Robles), sometimes that’s dicey (Denver). This time, it was Michigan.

Traveling Circus: Cooking Dinner for Six – Dessert!

Magneto will tell you that I have a wicked sweet tooth, something I got from growing up with a grandmother who baked like a pro, and a dad who loved to indulge. Now that we’re older, my dad and I try to be a little more conscious of the amount of sugar (especially refined sugar) […]

Traveling Circus: Cooking Dinner for Six – Proteins

Magneto and I brought up a rack of baby back ribs from Los Angeles, knowing that between six people, we’d best have two proteins to make sure everyone would have their fill without running out of anything. Because our house had a big grill out back, we decided to have two meats: ribs and tri […]

Traveling Circus: Cooking Dinner for Six – Veggies

One of the most important things to remember when cooking dinner for a group is that temperature and timing are everything. If you can time things correctly, all your hot dishes will still be hot when the time comes to eat. Often, that means starting proteins long before veggies, but knowing the resting time needed […]

Traveling Circus: Cooking Dinner for Six – Starters

On our final night in Calistoga, we decided to have a home-cooked meal in our adorable little Victorian house. Armed with the wine my parents brought up from Silicon Valley, as well as my dad’s heirloom tomato gazpacho, Magneto and I set about gathering the rest of the ingredients for our blowout feast. We kept […]

Traveling Circus: Veraison Desserts and Drinks

Veraison is well-known for their desserts, high praise in an area like the Napa Valley, where palates are picky and ingredients need little embellishment. Somehow, Veraison manages to take the best of the best, and make them even better. Magneto and his mom shared a rich, decadent butterscotch pudding, garnished simply with chantilly cream and […]

Traveling Circus: Veraison Starts and Mains

Friday was a day full of wine and laughter, culminating in a fantastic dinner courtesy of Magneto’s wonderful parents. After touring the Inglenook winery (my dad’s treat to our special guests), exploring the neighborhood of our Airbnb, and a tasting at August Briggs where my dad and I indulged in a few tastes of their […]

Traveling Circus: Gott’s

Food is a huge thing for my family, and one of our favorites in the Napa Valley is Gott’s, in the former Taylor’s Refresher building on Hwy 128 (Main Street). Known for their burgers, fries, and shakes, there is nothing like stopping at Gott’s between wine tastings for a little fortification. We ordered a ton […]

Traveling Circus: Napa Valley Breakfasts

This past weekend, Magneto and I brought our parents together for the first time in a cute little Airbnb Victorian house in Calistoga. We were pretty nervous, but the four of them became fast friends almost immediately. One thing that helped was my parents arriving Friday morning with a big bag of treats from our […]