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Bottles and Bites at Meatpacking Uncorked

On Friday night, food lovers took over the cobblestoned streets of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in search of tasty bites, good wine and a Cooking Channel star sighting or two. Stationed within a half-mile perimeter in the trendy neighborhood, Cooking Channel’s Meatpacking Uncorked was a three hour food, fashion and fun-fest that involved 50 local restaurants, […]

Best Bites: Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

This past weekend, food-crazed crowds flocked to New Jersey’s famous boardwalk for Atlantic City’s 2011 Food and Wine Festival. With a star-studded line-up of Cooking Channel and Food Network chefs behind the burners, familiar faces were abound and good food was aplenty. A celebration of everything edible, drinkable and down-right delicious, the four-day feast featured […]

All in a Hard Day’s Work

Surfing, scuba diving, sunshine and sea urchins in San Diego: now we’re talkin’. It was time to move on from the cold weather, burly man stuff. I wanted sunshine and surf and that’s just what I got in beautiful San Diego. The first thing I discovered is I need to work on my West Coast […]

Cook with Kelsey, Ben, Roger and More in Atlantic City

How would you describe your ultimate summer weekend getaway? Spending some time on the beach, browsing a charming boardwalk and indulging in plenty of delicious seaside food? How about spotting celeb chefs and attending over 30 parties, food and beverage seminars, cooking demonstrations and tastings? The Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival — sponsored by […]

Halibut and Rock Crabs in Santa Barbara

Ah, Santa Barbara, Calif. — a welcome relief weather-wise after Oregon. The sun shone brightly for three days straight, and I could feel my fingers for the whole trip (which are essential for braking on a motorcycle). Craig Lewis, a local trawler who traded the high seas of Alaska for the area, refers to it […]

Secrets to a Better Oyster Chowder

Swan Oyster Depot is my favorite place to stop by when I’m in San Francisco. It’s a San Francisco institution that’s been serving nothing but seafood since 1912. Leaving aside the fact that this was the only place I got skunked on the fishing, I still hold strong to my belief that San Fran has […]

Where to Find the Best Crab Cakes

When I decided to ride my 1973 BMW motorcycle for this entire seafood odyssey, I neglected to factor in something major: Oregon. While Oregon is one of the most beautiful places on earth, the elements of the Pacific Northwest can be far from friendly.  I think I averaged about three layers of clothing and a […]

Gumbo Secrets From the “Queen of Creole Cuisine”

“I went to Dooky Chase To get me something to eat The waitress looked at me and said Ray, you sure look beat, Now it’s early in the morning And I ain’t got nothing but the blues” —Ray Charles, “Early in the Morning Blues” For anyone traveling to New Orleans on a food pilgrimage, Dooky […]

The Secret(s) to Ben Sargent’s Famous Lobster Roll

For about a year, Ben Sargent sold lobster rolls out of his Greenpoint, Brooklyn apartment. He was dealing 150 buttery, succulent, fresh-from-the-sea sandwiches per night — illegally. Then, just as he was about to go legit, while he was away taping a pilot for a show on seafood for Cooking Channel, his underground lobster pound […]

Crawfish in the Bayou

I am ashamed to say my knowledge of crawdads (also known as mudbugs, yabbies, mudpuppies and crawfish) goes only as far as Buck — the bright blue one I have in my fish tank at home. I watch him every day, but at no time have I ever thought to eat him because, to me, […]

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