stir-fried udon with shitake, anchovies and gochujang

We have a strange heat wave impacting SoCal these last few days. It kinda comes and goes and I cannot wait till it’s finally over so I can officially welcome my favorite cooking season of the year and while I wait, here’s another asian inspired recipe that I wanted to document here and share with you. I love udon noodles and this dish, in particular, is becoming a tradition in the house. I have made it twice this week it is that good. Perfect comfort concoction in a bowl and as you’ve probably already guessed really simple to make. It’s’ noodles come on, let’s go do this! 

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takana fried rice

takana fried rice @

Hey guys, here’s my humble version of takana fried rice. I’ve had this dish a number of times at Musha: A little Japanese restaurant not far from where I live in the Santa Monica area, LA. They serve traditional homemade style food, warm and cold dishes. The ambience is awesome and I really love that place. When I order I tend to gravitate towards the same dishes every time I visit which isn’t hard. The portions are tapas style so it’s pretty easy to sample your way through their entire menu in a few visits and find the dishes you really like. 

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smoked chuck roast on the grill

I’ve spent the whole summer grilling outside. I got this pretty nice Webber Spirit grill about 2 months ago and I haven’t used the stove much. The grill is small, it only has 2 burners but it works really well. Gets super hot and I’ve successfully smoked a ton of different things.  I wish it were a charcoal grill but regulations in LA prohibit its use in apartment complexes.  

 I’ve owned a number of grills in the past but I rarely used them, and rather misused them. Grilling is not an easy technique, especially for a cook that’s used to sous vide cooking. Grilling provides an extremely harsh environment for food. It is extremely inaccurate in terms of heat distribution too. But being able to cook outside without setting off any smoke alarms is awesome. 

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cavetools grill tongs!

Grilling much this summer? Hope so! And I also hope you have a great pair of tongs to help you with that. I had the pleasure to test and review these awesome tongs by the guys at cavetools.  I have a collection of tongs at home I will admit. They’re one of my main all-purpose kitchen tools actually. I use them very frequently, from flipping steaks to tossing salads or the not so frequent need-something-to-help-me-reach-something-in-the-back-of-that-really-deep-cabinet. So yeah, if you’re looking for a pair of heavy duty tongs that get the job done, these might be for you.  

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EVERIE Collapsible Hinged Sous Vide Container Lid for Anova Culinary Precision Cookers

Hey, guys! back again to review a pretty cool product for all you sous vide home cooks out there! especially if you’re the kind of sous vide cook that loves really long cooking times. I cook a lot of tougher cuts very often and as you know,  three, four days in a water bath is pretty standard to the point where water evaporation actually becomes an issue. I usually just add some water to the tank every morning and move on… but yeah, it’s kinda wasteful, not efficient. So the EVERIE guys came to my rescue and sent me a couple of cool lids that fit the popular Rubbermaid containers and my ANOVA circulators. They also sent me one of these containers. It’s not even my birthday! which btw it’s coming up. 

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steamed mussels with garlic and parsley

steamed mussels with garlic and parsley @

Hey, guys, I’ve been gone for some time so a few updates: This cooking blog is not going away! (more annoying blog writing coming up! ) in fact, I just purchased a new theme and I’m planning the makeover to happen sometime this summer (northern hemisphere summer time).  I’m also moving to a new apartment with much better kitchen lighting (natural and awesome). I will also have the ability to grill outside which is amazing considering how much I love it and how long I haven’t done it. So, all in all, a pretty outstanding setup for blogging and cooking so I hope I can get things back on track with more food experimentation, sous vide recipes and just cooking fun in general. I have a couple of really cool products to review as well so I will get into that in the next few days. 

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rigatoni with pork sausage and plums

rigatoni with pork sausage and plums @

The Hestan guys just invited their brand ambassadors to a cooking/photo competition to show off their skills and their hestan skillets! and as you already know… that would impossible for me to pass. They facilitated the recipe which is great because I don’t cook by following recipes so this was different and really fun. It’s a recipe by chef Brad Spence whose culinary career is outside the scope of this post but let me tell you we’re talking about one of the best chefs  in the country. He’s critically acclaimed and has a vast knowledge of Italian cooking.  Go check out Amis Trattoria’s or Vetri’s websites when you have a change. Pretty wild huh? 

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cave tools chicken wing & leg rack review

Finally done with a crazy project at work which kept me away for almost a month. The guys @ cave tools were kind enough to let me review one of their many cool grilling gadgets. If you’re looking for that next summer BBQ toy, they have plenty of options to satisfy your curiosity so pay them a visit. Alright guys, it’s review time! 

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Hestan Brand Ambassador

Hestan Brand Ambassador @

Hey guys, just a quick update. I posted the update on my instagram account but never officially on the blog. Not sure if you’ve heard of Hestan cookware or their amazing line of bbq grills (if you’re into grilling just take a look at what they’re doing) It’s definitely top of the line stuff and I’m pretty excited, humbled but super excited to be working with them! helping promoting the brand and accruing more culinary stories that I can share here @ Their line of cookware can be found at the Williams-Sonoma store.  Check it out, looks awesome and cooks awesome too. I’ll be posting my first recipe featuring their 11″ Nanobond skillet pretty soon. Take care guys! 

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