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How fitting that I continue with my Ireland vlog on St. Patrick’s Day! Day 2 of our Ireland rail tour. We start out from Killarney and have Irish coffee for breakfast. It’s my first time having Irish coffee, and it packed a punch to the face. Irish coffee, for those who don’t know, is coffee spiked with whiskey (Jameson, to be true to the Irish). The hubs really liked it, but I found it a bit much for 7 in the morning. I thought the coffee with Bailey’s Irish cream

At last, we arrived in the final country of our summer holiday. Ireland was the initial reason I wanted to do this trip; I’d heard from several people and recall from when I did have vision, that Ireland was beautiful. I imagined foggy emerald green cliffs dropping down to the steel blue sea. I wanted this scenery memorialized on our wall at home. And this,, my friends, is how the idea for this summer holiday was born. We embarked on a three-day Ireland Rail Tour and looked forward to having

On a recent flight, I watched—er, listened to—Amy, the Academy winning documentary about Amy Winehouse. For those who may not recall, Amy Winehouse was the contemporary jazz singer with that unique voice and signature cateye and beehive ‘do. She reigned the music scene in the 2000s but quickly succumbed to substance abuse. All I remember about Amy Winehouse was exactly that. And then I watched this documentary, and it opened up my eyes and heart, so to speak. You see, even though I was nowhere near the fame of Amy

Let this be a lesson in palate preservation: after six different whiskeys, you won’t be able to tell much of a difference beyond those six because your tongue will be tired. You also won’t enjoy the tasting as much because all your mind will be able to focus on is how to get a cheeseburger in your mouth and a cuddly sheep in your arms. Yes, even with whiskey, there can be too much of a good thing. Regardless, my palate wasn’t dead enough to know the so-called pho at

Dufftown is a quaint countryside town. It took us a few hours to get from Edinburgh to Dufftown by car (and a while to get used to driving on the left side of the road). The road trip was a nice change of scenery and pace from our regular travels thus far. I was told there were a lot of green pastures and sheep and some cattle alongside the highway. After dropping off our stuff at Castleview, a true B&B run by a hospitable and friendly couple, we ventured out

The first time I was in Edinburgh, I was twenty-two and did not dare to try haggis. Since then, I’ve matured and developed a hunger for new experiences, especially those in the gastronomical realm. This meant I was on a mission in Edinburgh. This time, I was going to eat some haggis. For those that don’t know, traditional Scottish haggis is made of sheep offal stuffed inside its stomach lining with oats and spices. It reminds me of Louisianan boudin. The next day, we were going to embark on a

Coming off the tail of my season premiere of Four Senses and vlog of day 1 in L.A. is the MasterChef Celebrity Showdown, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at MasterChef. I flew to L.A. In November to shoot the MC showdown, along with a couple of fellow MasterChef champions and current MasterChef Junior contestants. But our challenge was only one of many. Supermodels and television stars also duke it out in the kitchen, all in the name of charity. Catch the two-hour MasterChef Celebrity Showdown tonight on FOX at 8/7

Don’t forget tonight is the season premiere of my cooking show, Four Senses! Tune in to AMI at 7:30 PM EST/PST to catch Carl and me in the kitchen with Corbin Tomaszeski of Food Network Canada. To kick off the third season, I’ll also be doing a live Q&A on AMI’s Facebook, so get your questions ready! On the American television front, tune in to FOX Monday, January 18th, at 8/7 PM Central to catch a two-hour special, the MasterChef celebrity showdown! Judges Gordon and Christina invite celebrities to the

It’s finally here! The third season of my cooking show, Four Senses, premieres this Thursday, January 14th, at 7:30 PM EST/PST on AMI TV. After three seasons together, Carl and I are like old siblings, as you can tell from the above and below promo clips. In all jest, we fully respect each other and, more importantly, have fun together. You can witness the camaraderie growing between us over the seasons. For the first time ever, I’ll also be doing a live Q&A on AMI’s Facebook page alongside the premiere,

On our fourth day in the UK, we have our first true, hearty English breakfast. How do the Brits eat this in the morning without falling into food coma afterwards? Much like the English bacon that came on our plates, the owner/man taking orders behind the counter was quite salty. He reminded me of the Soup Nazi on “Seinfeld” because he barked at customers who held up the queue or deviated from normal ordering and dining standards. At least it was a memorable experience. More next time on the food

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