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Book Review – Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential

November 20, 2009

If you’re heard the name Anthony Bourdain only ecently, chances are that you know him from his popular show on the Travel Channel, No Reservations, where he travels the world seeking to sample local cuisine and culture. As a fan of No Reservations, I’ve come to see ‘Tony’ as one of the rare unpretentious, down-to-earth type of people that would be fun to kick around with. An excellent character as a travel show host and television personality… But would you believe it… I didn’t even know this man was a true-to-life chef and author.

As luck has it, I recently discovered that Tony Bourdain is quite the accomplished writer. And thus, I recently picked up and finished his first book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Bourdain’s personal memoir which was released in 2000 and continues to be on the New York Times Bestseller List.

In Kitchen Confidential, Tony Bourdain takes readers through a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant business from the perspective of someone on the inside – and subsequently sharing the entirety of his professional journey from bottom-of-the-totem-pole dishwasher to executive Chef along the way. As you would probably guess  from watching Tony on television, Kitchen Confidential  is as engaging, witty, and undeniably entertaining as you think it’s be.

While foodies may shudder at his description of restaurant life, it is admirable that Tony does not pull any punches in his portrayal of life in commercial kitchens and the “wacked-out moral degenerates, dope fiends, refugees, a thuggish assortment of drunks, sneak thieves, sluts, and psychopaths” who make their living serving up your fine dining.  From the intricacies of restaurant lingo to what it’s like for a line cook during a Friday night rush, Kitchen Confidential truly is a graphic account of the intricacies that make up the restaurant trade.

Having worked in the restaurant trade all the way through college,  I would highly recommend this book as a must-read  to everyone who has ever worked in the restaurant business or anyone else curious about what is behind that stuff you’re ordering.

And in case you still won’t pick up the book, here are some of Kitchen Confidential’s  tips for diners.

  • Never order fish on a Monday.
  • The best nights for dining out are Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Avoid ordering beef well-done.
  • Be wary of Sunday brunches.

Happy eating guys.

Houston Foodie Review – Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli

July 19, 2009

If you’re the type with an eclectic taste and a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to preparing a fabulous meal, I have just the place for you.

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Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli, located at 5509 Richmond Ave, has a quality collection of every type of meat possible. With an exotic choice list that includes wild game such as wild boar, kangaroo, rattlesnake, and emu, Pete’s has just about everything a meat eater could want.

Serving Houston for over twenty-five years now, Pete’s also has your standard cuts of steak as thick as you desire. They’ve also got turduken, crawfish-stuffed sausages, all kinds of jerky, and much more. Pete’s also has an awesome selection of fine cheeses and homemade jams, as well as just about everything you need for a grill-out Sunday.

2009-07-18 11.49.51From what I saw, the staff at Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli is top-notch. The guys there greeted us as soon as we walked in. The prices weren’t listed on all the items but the staff is more than happy to give us any information we wanted. They gave us help on everything from what to buy to how to cook it all as well. Excellent customer service.

As far as pricing goes, this neighborhood butcher shop in the Galleria is surprisingly not that outlandish. You can expect about $25-28 on the really exotic stuff like the black bear, python, etc. but their steaks are about $5-8 a pound cheaper than most places, cut to your liking.

Now if you can order better than you can cook, the deli at Pete’s is rumored to have some of the best steak tacos & hoagies in town. They also serve some delicious barbecue, buffalo burgers, etc. The menu for their deli can be found here.

My Conclusion: Simply put, they are the end-all be-all when it comes to meat markets  in Houston.

4304258Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli
(713) 782-3470
5509 Richmond Ave
, TX 77056-6615