Playing With My Food ~
A journal about food, thought, travel, and life; by Chef & Raconteur Chaz French.

Absentia, Memoria, Florida Part Two

I kinda forgot I was supposed to post part two… Absentia, Memoria, Florida Part Two: Memoria/Birthday I’m going to start by saying very few people knew it was my birthday, and I kinda wanted it to stay that way, but word got out.  When you have the same birthday as the Guru you get overshadowed, […]

Sunday Breakfast, Mexican Style.

Pork & Egg Tacos

I had an awesome breakfast today! What you’re looking at is carne marinated pork sauteed with kale, leek, and mushroom, alongside some scrambled eggs with a bit of Tapatio hotsauce, over La Mexicana soft corn tortillas.  I’ve been told repeatedly “La Mexicana” is the best in the bay area.  Damn good tortillas, I just threw […]

I’m Calling Fashion Shenanigans!

That’s right, I said Shenanigans!!! This article in the Seattle Pi Finally! Seattle called a ‘fashionable city’ called mt attention to a fraud, the poll by “Bundle”  The most and least fashionable cities in America. In their cities listing they have “New York, NY” aka NYC, but further down in the poll, they break out […]

Getaway

CaliCoast

Spring Break for the kids at school and the adults that work there too. I’m in a sacred place far from the likes of partying spring breakers and girls ‘gone wild’ a spot  in the ‘Emerald Triangle’ of California full of aging hippies, bikers, weed farmers, military types, and BnB’s. Of course I left the […]

Penzeys Spices

Penzeys Select Whole Star Anise

People often ask where I shop, when I lived in the NYC metro area my answer when it came to spices was Penzeys at Grand Central Market.  Since moving to Berkeley I’ve had to get my Penzeys fix via their website. I got a shipment from them on Friday, a small order really.  Penzeys doesn’t […]

Why I decided to quit facebook…

Hello there, as you might have noticed things around here are getting a little livelier, lemmetellya what happened. In the process of finding a new place to live, I also had to set up a place to stay as a backup for 11 days, (odd, yes, long story not being told).  The house I was […]

An open letter to Pat L.

Dear Pat L. (who works at a Peet’s in the East Bay), You serve me my coffee somewhat regularly, your beard and tattoos make you easily recognizable and I often see you riding your bike around town, without a helmet.  Look, I’m not a preacher, I’m an atheist, but I feel compelled to share a […]

I Think That It’s A Good Day

Then...

I think that it’s a good day to call family and catch up I think that it’s a good day to go to the beach I think that it’s a good day for a barbecue with friends I think that it’s a good day to help those less fortunate than you I think that it’s […]

Another journey begins

Today I got my 2nd tattoo, I wanted a simple black band, no adornment, nothing tribal, or from another culture… I wanted something simple and plain.  Turns out simple isn’t easy, or cheap… When it was finished, I loved it immediately, and as I was going home I thought about what more I could do […]

This cake brought to you by my Google Reader friends & Joy The Baker

So, earlier in the week I saw these posts in my google reader. Of course, I had to give it a try.  If for no other reason than to gross out Steve & Leigh. I’m not going to post photos of the baking process, the ‘wet’ ingredients look kinda nasty when you’re putting this together. […]