French Laundry, Yountville, CA – May 12, 2014

May
13

SONY DSC

It has always been a dream of mine to dine at The French Laundry. For anyone that is unaware, The French Laundry is not a laundromat, it is the westcoast restaurant of Chef Thomas Keller. It has been named “Best Restaurant in the World” in 2003 and 2004. Since 2006, it has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide to San Francisco, and was called “the best restaurant in the world, period” by Anthony Bourdain. It’s a quaint, nondescript stone building along Washington Street in Yountville, CA.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

 

We were 30 minutes early, so we headed down the street to Redd Wood for a drink.

20140512_190333

Cheers

At precisely 7:30pm we were seated.

 

SONY DSC

Not only was there a surprise on the menu, just as they were handed to us, the sommelier brought out 2 bottles of champagne, “Complements of Wisconsin.” That was a truly magical way to start the meal. The entire table was astounded. I’ve never been treated to such a surprise. I’m deeply in love with this woman.

SONY DSC

 

Ian and Allison are not amused at how small the portions are. Just kidding! We were all just starving by the time we got to Yountville.

 

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

 

Prior to the tasting menu, they brought our a few starters. The breads were severed in between courses, but I’ve placed the photos of them here. We also had 2 bottles of wine, but I didn’t keep track of which they were. Allison may know.

 

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

 

Special butter from Vermont.

 

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

“OYSTERS AND PEARLS”
“Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters
and White Sturgeon Caviar
SONY DSC

SALAD OF FRENCH LAUNDRY GARDEN BEETS
Garden Radishes, Sweet English Peas, Frisée Lettuce and “Fines Herbes” Salad
SONY DSC

“MACARONI AND CHEESE”
Hand-Cut “Macaroni,” Hobbs’ Bacon, “Parmigiano-Reggiano,” Fava Beans and Preserved Black Winter Truffle

The waiter was shredding the black truffle onto my mac & cheese for a good minute. They did not skimp on the black truffles.

SONY DSC

GRILLED FILLET OF GULF COAST COBIA
Hayden Mango Relish, Compressed Cucumbers, Spicy Basil and “Curry Rouge”
SONY DSC

PACIFIC ABALONE “PICCATA”
Petite White Asparagus, Cauliflower, Toasted Almonds, Spanish Capers and Brown Butter

I forgot to get a photo of this course, so I’ve stolen this photo from Yelp.

abalone

WOLFE RANCH WHITE QUAIL
Braised Swiss Chard, Brooks Cherries and Sicilian Pistachio Jus
SONY DSC

ELYSIAN FIELDS FARM LAMB SADDLE
Violet Artichokes, Tomato Confit, Garlic Scapes, Niçoise Olive Crumble
and Wild Arugula
SONY DSC

“CABOT CLOTHBOUND CHEDDAR”
Garden Broccoli, Nantes Carrots and Whole Grain Mustard
SONY DSC

“ASSORTMENT OF DESSERTS”
Fruit, Ice Cream, Chocolate and “Candies”

I think it’s funny how they describe the dessert course, this was not just a small assortment, this went on and on and on. They brought coffee and tea, and dessert after dessert.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

 

At the end, our Captain Kevin Macway surprised me once again with this beautiful and delicious birthday cake.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

 

A few parting gifts, chocolate bars, and shortbread cookies. Thank you to our Captain Kevin Macway, Chef Michael Wallace, Chef Thomas Keller and all the staff for a wonderful evening.

SONY DSC

 

The whole meal was just over 3 1/2 hours, and I couldn’t begin to tell you how many courses actually came out. There are 9 courses on the menu, but it was really closer to 15.

 

SONY DSC

We were able to tour the kitchen and meet the Executive Chef for the evening Chef Michael Wallace.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

 

What an evening! That is a birthday I’ll never forget. Thank you parents for this once in a lifetime chance.

Egg McHashbrown

Oct
9

An idea that came to me in a dream last night, the Egg McHashbrown. So simple, yet to my knowledge has not been done, especially on a commercial level. Come on McDonald’s, let’s make this a reality.

1

3

5

Met an Idol

Sep
3

I had the extreme pleasure of running into Steve Wozniak and some friends at Outback Steakhouse in San Jose last night. I would be remiss if I did not introduce myself. The introduction turned in to me sitting down with the 3 of them and talking about various things. All in all, I was probably at their table for 15 minutes or so. Steve is an amazingly down to earth, nice guy. Him and his friends were quite chatty. I hope to have the pleasure of hanging out with them again.

Steve Woz' business card

Eating with Adultswim.com

Aug
31

About a month ago I got the opportunity to do a stunt on video with the guys at Adultswim.com. It was an awesome weekend. Here is the result of all the hard work.

My Interview with Trav & Smoke from 9.53 KROCK

Aug
2

9.53 KROCK is a Canadian radio station. Their morning show tweeted about the Moreo so I gave them a tweet back. Next thing I know I’m on the air. Have a listen:

Moreos on The Bob & Tom Show

Aug
1

I don’t listen to much morning radio, but apparently the Bob & Tom Show in Indiana is pretty funny. Take a listen as they discuss the Moreo:

“Best Hope for Mideast Peace” award from CNN

Jul
31

So my Moreo creation has gotten way out of control. This morning on CNN New Day they discussed it for a few minutes.

There are too many highlights to list, but in the end I received the “Best Hope for Mideast Peace” award. Thanks CNN, terrific news reporting!

M’Oreo Cookies

Jul
25

M’Oreo cookies are packaged similar to regular Oreo cookies. The two outside trays contain only chocolate (or any flavor) Oreo cookie wafers, while the inner tray contains nothing but creme filling.

Moreo1

This design allows the eater to decide on the amount of filling per wafer ratio. This satisfies everyone, from the person who only likes the wafer to the person that like’s 5x creme filling, to the extremist who likes to add ingredients such as bananas, Nutella, peanut butter or ice cream.

It should cost only slightly more, but can also be sold for slightly more. I believe the demand is there.

Please, I beg you Nabisco, work with me to make this a reality. The people want it.

Moreo2


Moreo3


Moreo4


Moreo5


Moreo6


Moreo7

The Argument for Love

Apr
15

The fact that there are humans out there that feel this is an answer to some perceived problem is staggering. Their goal is to scare you. To have you feel safe only when locked in your home. Don’t doubt that actions like this are intended to manipulate us. This incident will serve to further the restricting of our freedoms. By replaying the footage for weeks and discussing it ad nauseum, they will seek to infuse a greater fear in people. The answer is not more guns, more weapons and anger. I don’t pretend to know the answer but rash judgments and actions should be avoided.

The only thing a society can do is to use events like this to better understand the reasons why they occur, in order to prevent them in the future. We must look at what is the root cause which leads an individual, group or government to take the lives of innocent people and feel right about it.

Further death and destruction should be avoided at all costs. We must also be ever vigilant of our freedoms and who is controlling them. Do not allow them to succeed in their fear mongering by responding with purchasing more guns, restricting your travel, throwing slurs at people, or any other of the many negative reactions people tend to have in situations like this.

Look at how you respond to this and ask yourself if it brings things closer to a safer, better more positive world or if it leads to further fear, separation and hate. It is naive to say love is the sole answer, but remember that people are born with love, hate is learned. We must teach love, compassion and kindness. Events like this do not occur overnight, and at each point where this could have been prevented, where love and understanding was not used, this is where we failed.

Racism, hate, and war do not belong in society. Let us move closer to an ideal of where we are not in fear of these things. My heart goes out to all of the families of those killed and to those injured. Let us honor them by making this world a better place. By using this event to grow into a better society. By using our hearts and our minds to better understand each other. By loving your fellow man.