Camino - Oakland, CA

Dinner - Friday, August 29, 2014


The Chef's Tasting at Cowboy Star - San Diego, CA

Dinner - Sunday, August 24, 2014

Our third tasting menu at The Cowboy Star brought a number of changes, the most significant of which is that Chris Osborne is no longer solely in charge from start to finish. He's relinquished some control, and other cooks are now involved in developing and plating courses.

NB: Lighting, as usual, was challenging, so I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos.

Taco Maria - Costa Mesa, CA

Dinner - Friday, July 25, 2014

When Carlos Salgado decamped from Oakland's Commis some years ago, it made me sad - this was a man who was responsible for one of my favourite desserts of 2010. Then I heard he was moving to Southern California to run a food truck, and hope returned. Yet, as with many things, I never found the time. Indeed, it took four years, the opening of Salgado's brick-and-mortar location, and some pictures from Trey Foshee to prod me into action.