My family has been in the restaurant business forever, so food is something that is extremely important to me. Enjoying a night out with friends and family, or staying home entertaining and playing games are some of my favorite times. These moments capture such joy and create awesome memories. Here, a semi-random list of my favorite food thoughts.
JON & VINNY’S
412 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 334 3369
In LA. Jon & Vinny’s is blow-away great. A small joint, extremely well priced with an awesome wine selection. It's really cool to see the kitchen all fired up since it’s right by the front door when you walk into this bustling restaurant. The food, though! Must haves; Gem Lettuce Salad, The El Chaparrito Pizza (housemade chorizo, asiago, cilantro, crema, oregano) — it's killer! Carbs Carbs Carbs! You need to work out before (and after), but it's well worth it.
MISSION CHINESE FOOD
171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
+1 212 529 8800
Mission Chinese Food! Come here for the spicy, unique, intoxicating Asian fare! It’s so groovy and in a great neighborhood to walk around and check out all of the hipsters post-dinner.
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Check out Chef Marc Murphy’s Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking. My buddy and the husband of my dear friend, Pam Murphy (the creator of The Select 7) has written a cookbook which makes it so easy to cook at home and FYI, they are the ultimate hosts. It’s healthy food, fun food and totally doable! You will be hosting an incredible dinner before you know it. And don’t forget to play a round of “celebrity” when you’re stuffed!
When I do cook at home, there are a couple of must-dos for me which help the process:
• Organization! Do the prep work, cutting, separating and measuring everything out.
• Clean as you go — a messy kitchen is a nightmare and you won’t enjoy your night after all your hard work.
• Always cook with a great glass of wine in your hand. I like Whispering Angel Rosé in summer or Hirsch Pinot Noir in the winter. And of course have your favorite music playing in the background. Cooking is fun, have a blast!
Check out my Cooking with Bruce series on our website, and learn how to prepare a great USDA Prime Steak, our famous Chicken Parmesan and some of our great sides from a (non chef). It’s a fun watch!
If you love food and restaurants you have to see Big Night which was released in 1996 starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub; and Chef which was released in 2014 starring Jon Favreau. Two great movies about food, relationships and the inner workings of a restaurant that make you laugh and cry. Being in the business for over 25 years I can tell you I’ve seen it all!