Good gin, good vibes. 35 and feelin alive. 

What. A. Birthday.  After throwing down about six hundred bones on the car getting fixed (Svetlana is feeling much better now thank you Fayetteville Volvo you guys are rockstars and saved me a ton see link below) im enjoying one of my favorite summer drinks, Bombay and tonic. Since I have the day off I’ve…

Culinary II Last meal service. Confessions from the weeds.

Every chef would love to tell you that they’re a perfect machine and they’ve never seen “the weeds”.  In the kitchen world, being in the weeds means you are overwhelmed with tickets and are behind on ticket times.  This week was our last meal service of the semester which was bittersweet.  There’s alot of things…

Main Course Salads

This week was main course salads. When serving a salad as a main course the components of proteins, greens, dressing, garnish are much like a side salad, but a larger portion.  Texture and flavor contrasts are important as with any dish. The Cobb salad is a classic main course salad with it’s plating style where…

Shake the hand that feeds you. North Carolina State Farmer’s Market.

On average Americans spend four thousand dollars a year on groceries. We coupon, we look for cheap food to feed our families on meager budgets. We are the same Americans who are obsessed with clean eating and fitness and anti-GMO, gluten, ect ect.  The U.S spent on average around $10,000 a year on healthcare.  So,…

Happy on tap! The Wine Cafe!

It’s wine Wednesday! It was a beautiful day to work on using a real camera instead of my phone. I figure to blog with the best, I had outgrown my cell phone and “structure” filter ( don’t lie you know it’s your favorite.).  While on my adventure snapping pictures fumbling through Fstops, learning about light,…

Purge Week Day Seven: Grande Finale

Every great show has it’s grande finale. Every play has it’s final bow. This week if you have not been following has been a very enlightening experience.  Removing things commonly used as crutches, I have been forced to seek other vices in which to deal with the turmoil of a foodie without fries, a lush…

Side Salads

This week in Garde Manger we focused more on the cold kitchen work of side salads.  They consisted of Classic Caesar, Chicken Olivia, Spring greens with raspberry vinaigrette, house salad, and a side salad with warm bacon dressing. When thinking of a side of greens for any gathering or even planning a menu one must…

Purge week Day Six: Make a run for it.

As the weekend closes and Easter is upon us, my purge week is nearing an end. Aside from a few slips here and there due to the fact that I am human, it has been quite successful so far.  The less I spend distracting myself with being a social butterfly the more I realize a…

Purge Week: Day Five Seeing Results

So, after a bout with some wine cravings and missing fried anything, I had my first day of work on the purge. My mind was more clear, my body didn’t get as sore as quickly, and I was more fluid in my movements. I could concentrate, focus, and my ticket average time dropped by about…

Purge week: Day Four. The Glass Cannon.

“Always do sober what you said you would do drunk. That’ll teach you to keep your mouth shut.”- Ernest Hemmingway.   Words that ring a little too true today on day four. Things were going swimmingly when unfortunate events triggered the crave for my security blanket. The Bottle.  Always welcoming, always there, wrapping me in…

Purge week: Day Three. Nutrition vs. Supplements.

So, on day three of purge week, cutting out booze, fatty foods, doing some light exercise, I’ve already noticed a big difference.  I have more energy,  I sleep better, and let’s just say I even look a little better with my Chef’s coat off.  My fitness buds ask so what preworkout? What thermo? Have you…