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Best Job (and drink!) In The World

by Matt on March 9, 2013

By now you might have seen the links and press releases as Australia relaunches its Best Job In The World program. Imaging spending your days in Australia, experiencing the best it has to offer, and actually getting paid for it. But this time there are six slots open, and in a variety of different positions: [...]


I’m perhaps one of the most happy-go-lucky kind of guys when it comes to food. I eat everything, enjoy a wide variety of foods, and can find something to eat just about anywhere I am. This ease disappears when I talk about pizza and my world view becomes nothing short of black and white. But [...]


Saeco Review + Easy Tiramisu!

by Matt on December 11, 2012

The email landed in my box asking if I wanted to try the Phillips Saeco Syntia, a fully automatic espresso machine from Philips. I don’t even want to tell you the number of automatic espresso machines that have lived on my counter over the past twenty years, some good, some not so good. What begins [...]


Breakfast with Picky Palate

by Matt on November 3, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-changes. I’ll spare you the tale of Work, because that would seem like I’m complaining. I am not. Lots and lots of things have changed in the past few months, all great things that are keeping us really busy. Perhaps the biggest thing is that we bought a house. A lovely beautiful California Spanish-style home [...]


A Very Simple Goodbye Summer Bruschetta

by Matt on October 11, 2012

This post is presented by San Pellegrino. I’m digging this content series as they focus on moments in food as seen through an Italian angle. What a great way to think about past trips to Italy, right? Let’s not talk about this past summer. I mean, let’s. Pros: Sunny, Warm, Daylight. Cons: Sunny, Warm, Daylight. [...]


2 Really Easy Salads

by Matt on June 26, 2012

You know what my latest pet peeve is? People who talk about how busy they are. “I’m just so busy I haven’t had a moment to blog!” or “Things are so hectic I just haven’t had any time to update!”  You know what? We’re all busy. And you can’t be that busy if you still [...]


A wonderful reader left a comment about my Copper River Salmon story and asked for a recipe. Well  have I got one for you! This recipe is courtesy the California Avocado Commission and just happens to be photographed by, oh, you know. Written by Amy Sherman, I remember shooting this last year (or year before?) [...]


What do you get when you combine 1400 cupcakes, delicious recipes, a team of talented folks, a week of photography, 50 lbs of butter and sugar and plenty of code and technology? Food Network’s Cupcakes! App, and folks let me tell you how incredible the entire experience was. This app for the iPad contains more [...]


Last week I gave a studio tour to 40+ photograph students from Long Beach City College. For the past few years I’ve been a proud member of the advisory committee for the photography department, and it tickles me to no end to meet with the students. This year’s group was particularly bright and full of [...]


Roasted Acorn Squash with Ricotta & Honey

by Matt on December 24, 2011

You might remember we were on a slight squash kick recently. It coincided with a visit to one of my favorite restaurants here in Long Beach, Michael’s Pizzeria. I’ve said a million times that I don’t really “do” restaurant coverage because a) it’s overdone and b) it’s not my thing. I think the irony is [...]