Entries by Chef Chet

Clueless at the Scratch Bar

Sometimes I like to just show up at a restaurant without knowing anything about it; surprised by what I find; never knowing what hidden treasures lurk.  But if you do that at the Scratch Bar you’ll be totally fk’ed.  Don’t get me wrong the place is awesome.  Just don’t go in cold.  First, you need […]

Sprouts on a Camp Burger

This year in Truckee on the first afternoon of my annual Donner Lake dads and kids camping trip it rained; hard; grey skies turning black.  Fortunately, it was only a 1/4 mile into town for some sausage pizza.  Glamping?  No.  But coffee runs to Starbucks every morning – yeah, maybe. Although, even on a glamping […]

Almond Brittle Pork Belly Family Style

There is a big part of Santa Barbara that is all about family style, and it was good for me.  I went up there last weekend to visit some old family friends that I had not seen in far too long.  At dinner both restaurants we went to recommended that we order a variety of […]

Moby Cat & the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary is a hell of a boat.  She ruled the north Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967.  Last week my buddy (the yachtsman – because well, he has a yacht), and I took the kids for a little stay over on her for a dad’s weekend.  There’s all kinds of things to do […]

Me & My Girl & My Steak & Swan Lake

Okay, I didn’t really have steak.  Obviously, that’s a lamb chop.  But “Me & My Girl & My Lamb Chop & Swan Lake” is not a good title.  And it’s not like lamb chop is a vegetable.  So I think I’m okay here. This one was from Toscanova, a fine dining establishment in both Century […]