This is Club Awesome.

If you eat food, you are being lied to every day.


I don’t know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion.
Zona Gale, b. Aug 26, 1874

Friday Five: Steaks

steakThe five best steaks I’ve ever had:

  • Lakeside Golf Club — Burbank, CA
  • Oceanside Country Club — Ormond Beach, FL
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — Lahaina, HI
  • The Palm — Hollywood, CA
  • TIE:
    • California Grill — Walt Disney World Resort, FL
    • Mr. Chow — Beverly Hills, CA

May 2015 Update: I’ve replaced Spago in Beverly Hills, CA with the California Grill at Disney based on one of the best filets I’ve ever had in my life.

Friday Five: Thanksgiving Leftovers

TurkeyMy five favorite Thanksgiving leftovers:

  1. string bean casserole
  2. stuffing
  3. candied yams
  4. turkey
  5. apple pie
Throwback Thursday
Friday Five: Chocolate

chocolateMy five favorite chocolates:

  1. Mauna Loa Dark Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
  2. Krackel
  3. Hershey’s with Almonds
  4. Hershey’s Special Dark
  5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures
Friday Five: Gin Drinks

Gin and TonicMy five favorite gin drinks:

  1. G&T
  2. Tom Collins
  3. Gimlet
  4. Classic Martini
  5. Salty Dog

Ernest Hemingway’s Favorite Hamburger Recipe

A Last Meal

I am increasingly convinced that a tremendous amount of yin and yang is important to a successful marriage. My wife and I have dramatically different opinions about dining, for example: She lives to eat. I eat to live. If you were to give each of us an hour to decide what we wanted for a […]

A Pizza Diatribe

Friday Five: Favorite (Non-Chip) Snacks

HersheyI love me some Cool Ranch Doritos™, so I had to make this list more specific.

  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds
  • Milk Chocolate Non Pareils
  • krackel
  • Nestlé Crunch
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures


“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast, 1964

Friday Five: Best Los Angeles Restaurants

Rodeo Drive

Friday Five: Breakfast Foods

Bacon and EggsMy five favorite breakfast foods:

  1. Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
  2. Greek Yogurt and Granola
  3. Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  4. Chocolate Chip Blueberry Muffins
  5. Raisin Bran
Friday Five: Almond Flavors
  1. Salted
  2. Lemon
  3. Salt and Vinegar
  4. Lime and Chili
  5. Barbecue
Friday Five: Favorite Things Containing Tomatoes
  1. my wife’s artichoke, mushroom, asparagus, tomato medley
  2. Penne Arrabbiata
  3. pizza
  4. turkey sandwich
  5. California Pizza Kitchen Broccolini and Sun-dried Tomato Fusilli
Friday Five: Favorite Day-After Thanksgiving Foods
  • string bean casserole
  • apple pie (pumpkin if desperate)
  • stuffing
  • mashed potatoes
  • turkey

Bonus Five: Favorite Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend

  • watch college football
  • watch pro football
  • cook the World-Famous Lorraine Gagne Thanksgiving Turkey™
  • put up the tree
  • nap

Bonus Five: Five Things for Which I’m Thankful

  • my wife
  • my family
  • my job
  • my health
  • my Gators
Friday Five: Halloween Treats
  1. Candy Corn
  2. Reeses’ Miniatures
  3. Nestlé Crunch
  4. Apples
  5. Nerds
How to Make Great Coffee with a French Press

Last year while visiting David Snyder, my business partner and a man who positively oozes class, I enjoyed for the first time a cup of coffee made with a French press. It was just about the best cup of coffee I’d ever had. I remember when I was in high school my father went through […]

Friday Five: My Favorite Nuts
  1. Almond
  2. Cashew
  3. Walnut
  4. Pecan Pistachio
  5. Peanut Macadamia

I really don’t know how I managed to forget two of my favorite nuts. Thanks for the comments, guys.