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One Blog West

I created this blog some years ago before Facebook to try to build a sense of community around One Block West restaurant (hence the name One Blog West) and its foodie customers.

In subsequent years, Facebook has taken over the more community-related aspects and this blog has morphed into a repository of the dishes that my staff and I have created, short essays on food, stories about the restaurant and restaurant world, recipes, cool ingredients, and whatever else happens to be on my mind.

I used to post to this blog daily, but maintaining the restaurant web site and Facebook and Twitter accounts, not to mention the not inconsequential undertaking of running a high-end restaurant, takes a lot of my time and has forced me to try to strike a balance in updating all these media outlets.

Now I only update the blog when I really have something lengthy that I want to record. Soundbites get blasted out on Twitter and smaller items and event notifications take place over on Facebook.

Burning Questions: Fish and Shellfish

This whole series of "Burning Questions" posts originated as a somewhat amusing troll through the One Block West Restaurant web site server logs, to see what search phrases were bringing people to the web site. As I went through the logs, the search … [Read more...]

Shad Roe is Here

I wrote last year that I hadn't seen shad roe any earlier than the 12th, yet I had them arrive on the 5th this year in 15F weather, no less! Six sets for your degustatory pleasure; call to reserve yours now. 540-662-1455. … [Read more...]

Burning Questions: Kitchen Basics

This whole series of "Burning Questions" posts originated as a somewhat amusing troll through the One Block West Restaurant web site server logs, to see what search phrases were bringing people to the web site. As I went through the logs, the search … [Read more...]

Act Like You Meant to Do It

Monday night, we taped a couple more cooking shows for WVPT in Harrisonburg. In the first 20-minute segment, I demonstrated a little Nueva Cocina Cubana with my version of Camarones con Mojo.This dish has a moderately sophisticated presentation with … [Read more...]

Burning Questions: Substitutes

This whole series of "Burning Questions" posts originated as a somewhat amusing troll through the One Block West Restaurant web site server logs, to see what search phrases were bringing people to the web site. As I went through the logs, the search … [Read more...]

Burning Questions: Herbs

This whole series of "Burning Questions" posts originated as a somewhat amusing troll through the One Block West Restaurant web site server logs, to see what search phrases were bringing people to the web site. As I went through the logs, the search … [Read more...]

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