2017, Celebrities, Food, Steak

12/30/2017 ‘Broken Bit’ In Quartz Hill, California

Last week I was staying at a hotel where Matthew McConaughey was staying and he came back raving about ‘Broken Bit.’  I figured I’d go check it out.

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I got a 24 ounce Cowboy Ribeye, with my choice of cut. Bill was $131, with tip.

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My three word review: Alright Alright Alright!

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2011, Celebrities

04/02/2011 Interviewing Mad Magazine’s Sergio Aragones in San Francisco

This story is the stuff of legends, how this interview happened. The interview was for my TV show I was making, which was later solicited by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

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As the story goes, I picked up a real movie camera for the first time in February of 2011, and eight months later, I got my first major cable network solicitation.

2014, Celebrities, Destinations

12/03/2014 The Wall Of Gold Records At Scott Weiland’s Recording Studio In Burbank

This one is sad, because Scott – vocalist for Stone Pilots and Velvet Revolver – died a year later.  This is Scott’s wall of gold records and I was surprised to learn that Scott had written songs for everyone from Limp Bizkit to Puddle of Mudd.  He must have had fifty gold records.  Now that Scott has passed on, his studio, which was located in Burbank, is now closed.  I’m glad I got to experience this little piece of rock n roll history before it ended.

RIP Scott

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2017, Celebrities, Food, Steak

02/08/2017 “Never Doubt A Duvall When They Give You A Dinner Recommendation.”

My friend, John Duvall, is actors Robert and Shelley Duvall’s cousin. John recommended the Ashby Inn, in Paris, Virginia, an amazing five course, or one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

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While we were there, the waiter asked,  “Might I ask who recommended our restaurant to you?”  I said, “John Duvall.”  Suddenly, we had three waiters.  Each course, from the opening potato soup, to a spoon of something I’m apparently not refined enough to know what it was, was unbelievable.

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The closing course was a piece of the most amazing 60 day dry aged cuts of meat I ever ate in my life.  It might not seem like much food, but by the end of this little journey, you end up stuffed with food.

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The next day, I texted John and said, “Holy shit dude, that was the best thing I ever ate,” and he responded, “Never doubt a Duvall when they give you a dinner recommendation.”

2018, Food, Random

Recipe: How To Make Tacos Campechanos

I love to cook.  When I get into a hotel room with a cooking surface, I skip the restaurant and go right to Tacos Campechanos, a dish I discovered at La Parilla in downtown LA, but haven’t found anywhere else in the country.

Basically, it’s the Mexican equivalent of American leftovers, and is generally made with two or three types of meat, turned into taco filling.

It can be made of any meat but like La Parilla, I use carne asada and chorizo.  Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

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The instructions are simple.  Cook the diced up half a habanero with the asada. In a second pan, cook the chorizo.  When both are done, mix together, and add a couple of splashes of red enchilada sauce.

Heat up a couple of corn tortillas, put on a scoop of meat, add onion, cilantro, and lime, until it all looks like this:

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Enjoy, and remember, if you got the recipe from me, it’s bomb.

2018, Guitars, Random

Scored A Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Signature Music Man Guitar

John Peterucci is the guitarist from two time Grammy Nominated Dream Theater, or one of the best guitarists in the planet.

This has been my dream guitar for many years and today I bought it.  I guess you could you call that lifting shadows off a dream, right?

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Be sure to buy the latest Dream Theater album, The Astonishing, an album that all true Dream Theater fans love, and you’ll love it too, just like I love this guitar.

Act now.

2018, Guitars, Random

I Also Like To Buy Guitars And Record Music While I’m Traveling

White Ibanez Jem Jr. for recording guitar solos.

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ESP LTD James Hetfield signature w/ EMG Het Set pickups, for recording rhythm guitars.

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ESP LTD six string bass

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One Gallon WD-40 “Canjo” slide guitar

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Gibson SG

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Basically, I can only travel until I fill my car completely up with guitars. Then, I have to go home, where I have most of the  following, sans the Les Paul and Master of Puppets guitar, which are soon being replaced.

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Needless to say, when I get home I have my own recording studio, so I can do full productions of the songs I’ve demoed on the road.

This is what recording guitars in a hotel shower looks like.

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So all of this travel isn’t pointless.  There’s a large thread of the active creation of various types of art, while I’m exploring the county, being newly inspired everywhere I go.

Travel is my muse.