Beef

Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak

Octopus a la Plancha / Peter Michael Chardonnay

It all started when the President of my company, Steve, recommended the chef’s Michelin-starred and namesake restaurant Michael Mina when I was preparing for a trip to Las Vegas. We went and enjoyed the tasting menu, which included the famous Ahi Tuna…

Summertime Tri-tip Mediterranean Plate

Tri-tip

It’s summertime! = It’s tri-tip time! This is going to sound somewhat vain, but this is one of the best Mediterranean plates I’ve ever had in a long time. Garlic and sriracha marinated tri-tip roast with pita, hummus, and a light…

Orange Beef and Broccoli Bowl

steak broccoli bowl

Something felt strangely familiar to me, as I stared at the Komodo logo and the modern black and white interior of the restaurant. When I spotted the black and white photograph of a food truck by the beach, I realized that an old…

100 Years of Jam Making in Sierra Madre

apple butter sandwich

My friend Nic told me about a jam maker in Sierra Madre, California, and we decided to go visit his orchard and jam factory. They give free tours every Saturday. For over 100 years, E. Waldo Ward & Son has been making marmalade,…

Buffalo Burger & Cabernet Onions

buffalo burger

After a day of running around, I realized that I have no time to make what you might call a “Sunday night dinner” but I do have ground bison defrosting in the fridge, so I stopped by the market, grabbed…

A Port & Stilton Burger

port blue cheese burger

A simple grilled burger with melted blue cheese and a drizzle of port reduction. No embellishment and no usual toppings. This burger is for a purist and for one that loves beef. The sweetness of the port complements the strong…

Simple Flank Steak

flank

Flank is my go-to protein when I want a quick, easy and light dinner. Just because it’s the casserole-roast-bake holiday season doesn’t mean you can’t prepare a satisfying easy dinner from time to time. The flank is delicious on some…