Chilebrown at home

Thursday, July 22, 2021


Italian Bomba is on the plate today. We have a jar of fermented crushed Calabrian chile peppers which makes for a perfect topping for chips, and or savory meat dishes. The heat level is between mild to medium. It will leave your mouth warm with delight but will not punish you for the pleasure. The fermentation of the pepper gives it that added level of satisfaction. It just adds a little tasty funkalisous that makes you want to eat more. This jar will not last long, I guarantee. You can find it at your local T.J. (The store that has everything you have always wanted but do not need.)


Thursday, July 15, 2021


There is a new kid in town. Joe's Brew is a new local coffee kiosk located next to the San Pablo library. They pour a decent cup of joe and they gave me this souvenir mug. It is always nice to support a local business. Joe's Brew location next to the library has even inspired me to get a library card.


Thursday, July 8, 2021


Bakers Bacon named for chef Tony Baker has a designated bacon shop in Marina California. I received intel about this establishment and had to take a look. This was last March and we were still hunkered down in place due to pandemic restrictions. I decided this was a essential staple to life and braved a two hour journey to pay a visit. Marina California is located on the coast and was a scenic drive. It just seemed a little surreal to be out of the house because of the panic and fear instilled by the government and media. We arrived safety to buy some bacon.

Baker claims to have perfected recipes and techniques. He uses heritage breed pork and freely uses all the buzzword descriptors the woke public loves to year; humanely raised, etc. They offer bacon cooked by the Sous Vide method and traditional curing and smoking. They have back bacon and traditional belly bacon. They offer guest  bacons sold by the pound such as the iconic salt bomb from Bentons from Tennessee. House made sausage and even pot pies are for sale. So many choices. Luckily they offered a sampler pack and I was able to get a taste of it all.

We sampled bacons over a couple week period. They were all very good. The pork flavor was not your supermarket garden variety. We had a texture issue with the Sous Vide offering but that possibly may have been from not following their included cooking directions. The sausage was flavorful. Overall these were quality products. I would definitely purchase again. I am not sure that we will be making the two hour drive soon but we might. 


Sunday, July 4, 2021


Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has retained the mustard belt with a world record of 76 hot dogs & buns in 10 minutes. This feat has reaffirmed my belief, that life is good. 


Monday, June 28, 2021


Ms. Goofy made this lemon curd topped cheesecake in honor of the victory of Mathieu Van Der Poel victory of stage 2 of the Tour de France. What makes this so special is Van Der Poel's grandfather was a bicycle racer in the Tour in the 60s. His name was Raymond Poulidor. His nickname was "Pou-Pou". Pou-Pou was a popular racer but never wore the Yellow jersey. What a great win. What a tasty tribute.

Saturday, June 26, 2021


 California is open for business; finally. Our state has been on lockdown for over a year and that includes the Italian Social Clubs. The orders have been lifted and the clubs are open once again; cautiously. I use the term cautiously because the clubs are still under the constantly changing rules and regulations by the bureaucrats. With that said, this Thursday night I attended my first sit down Spaghetti & Meatball dinner at the Colombo Club. It was so good. How wonderful it was to reconnect with old friends and break bread together. I raise the Mad Meat Genius virtual toast glass and proclaim; "Here's to good times to come".

Monday, June 21, 2021


I am one lucky sonagun. Ms. Goofy loves to bake. This past year she has outdone herself with sweet treats. This was her first attempt at Boston Cream Pie. She is a perfectionist and for some reason she was not happy with this rendition. She also said she would have to try again. I thought it was perfect. It is a tough job being her official pie taster but somebody has to do it. If it gets any better I will let you know.