Chef Tom Herndon – Sociale, Part Deux

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2018 by segarini

My second visit in a month. First was solo and one of the most soul-satisfying dinners I’ve had in a while (you can read about it here). This second time I hosted a table through Nommery, a dining-out-with-new-friends company (see post), and had the pleasure to dine with folks I’ve dined with numerous times, as well as two newbies.

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Segarini – My Life as an Indoor Cat Part Two; Surviving Woodrow Wilson and Commodore Robert Field Stockton

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2018 by segarini

Part One can be found here

There were two passions that drove me forward when I was young, and by ‘young’, I mean YOUNG.

Music…and reading.

Unfortunately, this was during a time when children were encouraged to leave the house and stay out of mom’s hair as often as possible.

Why stay in when there was a whole world out there to explore?

Mom needs to concentrate, cook, clean, chat on the party line, or drink vodka out of a coffee cup.

Junior and Sis might get hit by a car, abducted by Aliens, or eaten by Dinosaurs…but the laundry would be done, the roast would be in the oven, and Mario’s Evil Twin would perish in a freak accident on Days of Our Lives.

If the kids get in trouble, the cops will bring them home….

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Peter Gets (and gives) Good Advice about Making Decisions….

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2018 by segarini

I had crossed my own personal Rubicon in early November 2012. We had accepted an offer to sell our house, with a closing date of mid December. I went to sleep that evening feeling giddy. The long nightmare of my toxic marriage was coming to an end. I could finally breathe again.

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Pat Blythe – Decisions, George Olliver, Book Review…..and Music!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2018 by segarini

It’s time to make some hard decisions. There are far too many “projects” surrounding and overwhelming me, all requiring rather large investments of time and money. So…..I must focus on two or three and let the others drift a bit. I love what I do, being able to mix my passions of music, photography and writing and the people make it all worthwhile. But now it’s time to buckle down and actually put all the pieces together. Like many bands and musicians will attest to, “exposure” doesn’t pay the bills or buy the groceries. This weekly diatribe (or my writing in general) is not going anywhere and certainly neither is the photography. Along with the music it’s how I’ve met so many of you and how I connect what’s happening in the music community with those who read this column (and vice versa). But now is the time for some changes.

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Frank Gutch Jr: Byron Isaacs: The Disappearing Man; Dumpster Diving (The Album Chronicles); and Notes of a Lugubrious Nature (Or Maybe It’s Luxurious… Damn it! Where’s My Dictionary?)

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2018 by segarini

 Byron Isaacs is the kind of guy that makes you want to shout, Hey!  I know that guy!  I do, you know.  Well, not know know him, but know him.  Know his music.  Know his professionalism and his makeup.  Know his importance to the world of music.  Sure, I only met him once, but that once was enough to tell me who he was and is.  I mean, I know him.  Get it?

I would have to explain the whole degrees of separation thing for you to understand how we met.  What the hell.  I’ll give you the Cliff’s Notes version.

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Roxanne Tellier – Pick a Future…Any Future

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2018 by segarini

When I say that I am a voracious reader, I’m not exaggerating. In any given week I will get through about seven books, a slew of daily newspapers, and a bunch of junky magazines I drag home from the supermarket because I feel too guilty to just read them while standing in line to pay for my groceries.

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Chef Tom Herndon: Tales From the Foodiverse – The Fancy Food Show

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2018 by segarini

Every winter for the last 30 years, San Francisco has hosted the biggest convention of gourmet-food manufacturers in the world. It’s called The Fancy Food Show. From giant world brands with 3000-square-foot footprints, to tiny cottage-industry food enthusiasts who will crowd into a 10×10 space with others, just to start somewhere. Javits Center in NYC hosts the summer show. Both shows are immense and well-attended.

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