A blog about food and cooking by Chris Norris


Does OpenTable Suck (away profits)?

While planning a recent dinner outing to Incanto in the Noe Valley of San Francisco, I was struck that the restaurant has an electronic (web-based) reservation system that is NOT OpenTable.  Incanto is run by Chris Cosentino, a two-time contestant on Iron Chef, who specializes […]

New York City: Two Days, Four Feasts!

I’m a lucky guy.  A few weeks back I “won” an all-expenses paid, two-day trip to New York City in exchange for a few days of meetings with potential investors in my company.  Conveniently, said investors all happened to have offices in Manhattan, which is […]

Eye Can’t See You

Eye Can’t See You It’s the Opening Night at your new restaurant: The Chef has his A-Game going and there will be no screw-ups in the kitchen.  The Maitre’d promises to greet each arriving patron with a smile, provide reassurance that a table will be […]

Stepford Chefs

  Stepford Chefs I’m catching up on my favorite TiVo’d Food Network shows and settling in for another excellent 30 minutes of Chef Robert Irvine doing his magic, when what to my wondering eyes should appear but another over-exposed celebrity, Michael Symon.  It’s not enough […]

Something’s Fishy

Something’s Fishy Farm raised fish, like salmon and trout, help us to avoid depleting our natural fisheries. For example, if I eat a farm raised salmon, that’s one less wild salmon that will be dragged out of the ocean before it’s had a chance to […]

Be Elsie

Be Elsie My last blog entry was a rant about obnoxious behavior on reality TV. I did, in fact, watch the first season of Hell’s Kitchen and feel compelled to highlight the bright light of that entire season. One of the contestants in the first […]

Nightmare on Reality Street

Nightmare on Reality Street When Survivor first aired eight years ago, I would not have guessed that nearly every channel, even on satellite, would air some kind of reality show. I understand the fascination of watching “real people” in unusual situations. How will they handle […]

Resumé: Impossible

Resumé: Impossible Dang it! I live on the crumbling edge of food show addiction. The Suits at the Food Network know this and have succeeded in creating a dangerous serial viewer who needs his fix. One of the frequent indulgences that fills up my TiVo […]

Rabbid Penguin Guitar Heroes

Rabbid Penguin Guitar Heroes For the first time in my adult life, a gaming console has found its way into our house.  With four boys between 6 and 14, tight control of the “video experience” is all that stands between family harmony and factions of […]

AutoGrill and Fast Espresso

AutoGrill and Fast Espresso I found myself longing for Italy recently while standing in line at a local “café”, with a wait going on ten minutes for two cappuccinos. This particular café has changed owners and the new folks still don’t have the espresso machine […]