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Chef Tom – Istanbul Part 1

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2018 by segarini

Editor’s Note – Before his new column, here’s a lovely note from Chef Tom concerning our fallen brother, Frank Gutch Jr.

I didn’t know Frank. I do know Bob and have for a very long time. The loss of a loved one is always so painful, such a sobering interruption and (the thing that pisses me off the most), so fucking final. When my friends are in pain, I feel it too. It was wonderful reading all of the generous thoughts and heartfelt tributes about this most remarkable man.

Having been on the planet now for more than a few decades, I have often pondered on that age-old axiom of “finding your purpose in life.” Took a few years but I finally made peace with that terrible notion, where what I have isn’t nearly as good as what I COULD have if I ever found my purpose. The peace I found was in considering the question, ”What if my purpose in life isn’t some grand accomplishment that impacts millions, but rather something as seemingly simple, even benign, as a smile at someone across the aisle in the bus?” My smile might be just the thing this person needed to see at that moment in order to make a wise choice that would set a thousand wheels in motion, making a significant difference in the lives of many, most I would never know about.

Frank’s generosity of spirit, being the intrepid miner of rare gems when it came to finding obscure, but beautiful  music, giving those gems a good polish, and bringing them into light for everyone to enjoy…..that talent alone likely transformed hundreds of lives for the better.

Most excellent work and life well-lived. RIP Mr. Gutch.

…and now, here’s Chef Tom’s latest….

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Chef Tom’s Big Adventure: Paris, Day Three

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

21 September

Paris, despite a relentless onslaught of techno-goblins, was glorious. My friend Mary, who happened to be in Paris when I was, told me yesterday that Mercury has been sitting square in retrograde for the last few days (Mercury being the god of communication, retrograde being the definition of “No way, Jose.”). Small frickin’ wonder. So many techno-dead ends, computer breakdowns and communications false starts could not have been my fault, right?

Right. Whatever.

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Chef Tom Herndon – San Sebastian, Part Three – Akelare: A Visual Feast!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2018 by segarini

I always wanted to experience a three-star Michelin meal. I promised myself on this solo adventure that I would be generous with myself.  As I said in the last missive, I couldn’t gain access to the two restaurants in San Sebastian that are at the top of most food enthusiast’s lists – Mugaritz and Arzak.  So I opted for door number two – Akelare.  Still in the top 10% and boasting three Michelin stars of its own.

It’s been nearly three years and this was the one place I didn’t take copious notes about the food. Sorry. But I did get some good pics. Here are some images from the meal, starting with my approach to the restaurant, then the ambiance inside, and finally the presentation of the food. I even took some amateur movies. What it lacks in drool-worthy prose, it makes up for in visual sumptuousness.

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Chef Tom Herndon – San Sebastian, Part Two: Pintxos Crawl

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2018 by segarini

(This is a long one, but worth the read.  Grab a cup of tea and enjoy.)

September 2017

Some background. This culinary adventure has been in the making for nearly two years. When I first heard about San Sebastian, Spain, I had no idea this sleepy little former fishing village had such an esteemed culinary reputation: more Michelin stars per square meter than any other city. For such a small corner of the culinary universe, San Sebastian has some highly-talented, world-celebrated chefs with truly inspirational relationships to food; a passionately gastronomical culture.

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Bob’s Dining and Dancing Saturday Spectacular for Chef Tom

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2018 by segarini

Chef Tom’s column is missing this week…the poor lad  (unlike his fine culinary creations) is burnt to a crisp from pleasing so many palates this past week,. He’ll be back next Saturday, but I didn’t want anyone to go hungry today, soooo….

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Chef Tom Hits the Road – A Multi-Part Foodie Travel Adventure

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


Three years ago, I started to put together what was going to be my fourth culinary tour to Europe. My first was called Ten Days to Tuscany. We did Florence, Sienna, Rome, and some of the hill towns in Tuscany. Twelve people. The second and third were both a week’s cruise along the Canal di Midi in the South of France, on a slow-moving hotel barge, then most of a week in Paris. Twelve people each. One big reason I wanted the barges was because of their pace. Sometimes you could actually walk along the shore faster than the barge would meander up the canal. You were given a clear opportunity to slow down and savor the moment.

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Segarini – Alphabet Soup Three – The Food Edition Part 1 – Eating Food Will Prolong Your Life

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2018 by segarini

Alphabet Soup One and Two can be found HERE

Maybe it isn’t news to you, but I am speaking to the millions, nay…BILLIONS of people who may not be aware of this simple life hack that will allow you to live a longer, more productive, and BETTER life.

I am, of course, referring to eating FOOD whenever you get the chance. Just look at these startling statistics….

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