é by josé andrés: The Definition of Secret Dining

Ignorance is bliss.  Foodie ignorance is not only bliss, it is a large savings on the old wallet.   Food is so hot right now (and other temps too).   With popups, underground dinners, and other unique foodie occasions to find out and choose from you could eat everyday at something new/temporary/secret/once/etc.  My most recent and epic adventure involved scoring reservations to the restaurant within the restaurant of Jaleo by Chef Jose Andres in Las Vegas.

My young and early adopted foodie boyfriend wanted to do his birthday in Vegas so I looked up the rules to the game.  3 months in advance to the day.  That happened to fall on the weekend we would be spending in beautiful San Luis Obispo for their SLO’s Rockin Harvest Weekend.   That summed up to a Saturday with tents and tents of different wines being poured AND paired with a small bite from a local restaurant.  This set up I must say now is the BEST WAY EVER to satisfy your foodies and their foodie faces.  Lines stayed moderate because you had enough to step away for a bit and chomp and sip down the bites.  Us not being your typical foodie took this to the extreme of course and ended up walking dead drunk style to the beach across the street to work all that off.    The stray in the story is only to mention and promote that beautiful and wonderful event that I could not recommend more.  The only problem is lack of cell phone service and even moreso a lack of love for technology in general in that area.  That became a problem when I had to fax my signature and bank info and all the other secrets needed to score my reservations for E, the secret feast I heard lies somewhere inside Jaleo.  You start with a very sexy and simple card and end in wonder.

I know as we were guest 9,300 and 9,301 to this secret and amazing time and were served by the chef and his team privately and exclusively alongside 6 other guests.  With only 6 guests and 9,301 total people having visited, you wouldn’t think the odds of having a couple you meet there be a big Grilled Cheese Invitational fan and has seen your cheesy glory.  But it happened, and before we event sat down we had become chummy and chatty with our fellow diners while waiting at a table outside in the main Jaleo area.

The rest of the meal I will present only with photos and names from the menu as I want to still keep some of the fun of the food and the experience secret.  I know that the menu does change somewhat although some classics have stayed since the room’s inception.  Our Chef was an outstanding man who was happy to share stories and answer all my technical questions about many of the molecular gastronomy tricks we enjoyed.

I especially was relieved when he told me the secret behind the famous red shoe served croquettes outside in the main restaurant.  I mentioned to him that I had some back and forth Twitter chat with none other than Chef Jose Andres himself about how to make them and how they just weren’t holding together no matter how rough I got with my rue.  As part-French man, I was ashamed at my food making failure until the chef mentioned that a little gelatin goes a long way for them.  I enjoyed hearing this little gem was helping gel theirs together better than ours.  I look forward to trying it out again and showing them off in one of my favorites soles!

If this amazing meal was not enough, at the end Chef mentioned that there was a gift left specifically for me as well.   That gift turned out to be the “Made In Spain” cookbook that was personally autographed by Chef Jose himself!  I am still smiling as I write and share this story with you as it is an honor to have someone that I idolize and respect in my home and in my kitchen do such a nice gesture.   The dinner is one I will never forgot for the adventure and wonder it brought together with food, people, and a very secret fun place.

Thank you again chefs!  I hope to bring home the final grilled cheese ultimate trophy in April and celebrate at Bazaar!  Stay tuned!

é by josé andrés, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

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Truffle Mist

Truffle Mist

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Apple "Brazo de Gitano"

Apple “Brazo de Gitano”

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Nitro Almond Cup

Nitro Almond Cup

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Barquillo

Barquillo

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"El Vermut"

“El Vermut”

"Merienda"

“Merienda”

Crispy Chicken Skin en Ecabeche

Crispy Chicken Skin en Ecabeche

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Cava Sangria

Cava Sangria

"Fabes" Con Jamon

“Fabes” Con Jamon

Lobster with Citrus & Jasmine

Lobster with Citrus & Jasmine

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Foie Gras with Black Truffle

Foie Gras with Black Truffle

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Kokotxas al Pil-Pil

Kokotxas al Pil-Pil

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Lamb with Truffle & Mamia

Lamb with Truffle & Mamia

Santa Cadea with Cotton Candy

Santa Cadea with Cotton Candy

Crema Catalana Egg

Crema Catalana Egg

After Eight Timbal

After Eight Timbal

Ferrero Rocher

Ferrero Rocher

Yemita

Yemita

More Things!

More Things!

Autographed Cookbook

Autographed Cookbook

 

Behind the Cart: BTC @ SEA

btc@sea2

ALL ABOARD!

I am proud to announce the return of our underground dinner series with a storytelling twist. After 2 years of silence we return to serve you a meal and some stories aboard a private boat.   I’m honored to be cooking and chatting alongside some of the most talented people in the food and seafood industry.

From Kirk of Sea Forager to Eddie Dick formally of Nopa and Kitchit, each person is bringing amazing local and sustainable seafood to the dinner along with some sea tales and songs along the way.

We will have two seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 pm sharp on March 22nd, 2014.

Music by: Fishwives Trio

Many fun seafaring surprises for all that dine with us! Look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets & Additional Info:

ALLLLL ABOARD

Grilled Cheese Pop Up Berkeley (Friday Night)

Come make your OOOOHHHH face like these previous cheese fans from last month.

Due to our special Chaos Cooking event going down Saturday night, we will only be serving in Berkeley on this Friday (2/21).  Spots are still available for the Saturday night event though!

See you Friday from 7-close at Fred’s Deli & Market on Telegraph and Dwight!

PS – Tickets on sale FRIDAY for BTC @ SEA!  Our first underground dinner on a boat in SF!

A Vote a Day keeps the Annoying Post Blasts Away!

Intuit is at it again with another small business contest.   I’m not going to push this one too hard b/c we are in the works of a mini mini crowdfunding campaign that is coming out shortly in preparation for the Grilled Cheese Invitational’s Final Act.

Still, if you can save and bookmark and set a daily Outlook reminder to vote for us daily at Intuit you can help us win $5,000 buckaroos in marketing mula.  Definitely could help us get the word out and spread our cheesy love all over the brie area!

Link to vote: https://sblb.intuit.com/ca/GrilledCheezGuy/2838

GCG for Intuit

Thanks in advance!

GCG

Hungry Games 2014: Save the Date

The biggest day of my cheesy life is coming.  The final Grilled Cheese Invitational comes to L.A for the last time on April 12th, 2014.  We will be putting on the biggest goodbye fanfare show since that basketball player slapped Justin Bieber in a Starbucks (which the net says isn’t true).

So mark your calendars.  Save the date.  Get ready for new sandwiches.  New T-shirts.  New logos.  New cheesiness from all of us here at GrilledCheezGuy.

Going? Let us know so we can hook u up with a T-shirt and samples during the event!

 

HungryGames

Fist Of Flour Gone Brick N Mortar (and Tastier)

For all of those still not in the loop, our fellow food vendor Fist of Flour has got his own spot now in the Laurel District of Oakland.  I was fortunate enough to get to scarf down a few pies during Friends and Family night and I have to admit the pizza tastes even better to me.  Seems more East coast then before.  Definitely worth a visit and as always….tell him the GrilledCheezGuy sent ya!

Press Release

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Where: 4166 MacArthur Blvd. at Maybelle, East Oakland.
When: January 15, 2014 5 PM Grand Opening
Fist of Flour is celebrating the Grand Opening of its Doughjo!
Fist of Flour’s first brick and mortar location opens its doors to the public on Wednesday,
January 15, 2014 at 5 PM.
Now, fans of Fist of Flour’s mobile pizza trailer can find their favorite gourmet, thin crust
pizzas in two sizes in one location every Wednesday through Sunday from 5 PM to 9 PM.
The “Initial Pizza Offering (IPO) menu” and phone number will be released on Wednesday,
January 15 at 4 PM on www.fistofflour.com, Facebook and Twitter. There will be 15” large
and 20” extra large pies in several combinations, with prices ranging from $14 to $32, as
well as a “build your own” list of ingredients for customized pizzas. Several varieties of
salads and sodas round out the menu.
The Doughjo will have counter tops to stand at for a quick slice, and take away service
only, no delivery.
Fist of Flour Pizza Company has been in operation since 2010 as a local mobile woodfired
oven catering company. It specializes in gourmet thin crust pizzas made with mostly
organic, pesticide free, locally-sourced ingredients. Pizzas made at the Doughjo will be
created from scratch and baked in traditional gas-fired ovens for the same great pizza
taste Fist of Flour’s fans know and love.
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Fist of Flour Pizza Debuts its first Doughjo
For immediate release
January 13, 2014
Contact
Media inquiries: James Whitehead, Owner
james@wheresthefist.com or 510-717-1609
www.fistofflour.com
Facebook: Fist-of-Flour-Pizza-Company
Twitter: @fistofflour

A special thanks to him for hooking us up with the people behind Cheesemonger Invitational 2014.   One cheese brotha helping out anotha!

The Future of Food is Here!

Dish by Matt Burger

Dish by Matt Burger

Ladies and Gentlemen!  Foodie Folk of all kinds! One of my favorite foodie trends of 2013 was the low tech of high tech!

The next gen of cooking you have been waiting for is already here!  It’s right below your nose and right inside your kitchen.  We just didn’t know it.

Turns out those robots you have been using for one thing (Dishwasher, Coffee Maker, and now…..Hair Dryer) haven’t been telling you the whole truth.  It appears their off label use is also cooking (It’s just kitchen brands don’t sell things like Glaxosmithkline and friends).  These secret settings have actually been known by special moms, cooks, and crazy people throughout history, but it takes the internet for everyone to find out.

Now that you know them, the sky is the limit!

Someone already cooking in the kitchen? Heat that pizza in the bathroom while freshening up for a night on the town!

About to start a load of dishes?  Make a mason jar meal so that the dishwasher is the only thing empty at the end of that cycle.

Ready for your morning cup-o-joe? Well stuff some other shitty shmo in there after to complete that breakfast of champions.

As much as I mock these new tools of the trade, I admit that the brick technology I have bestowed on all who have had one of our sandwiches comes from this same lineage.  It was my grandmother escaping the Natzi’s and whatnots who learned about this secondary use for bricks and brought it to our country.  Like my dishwasher, I never knew what powers that brick sitting in our pantry really possessed until she passed them onto me.   And I you.  And you to every perfect grilled cheese sandwich you make.

Remember, no soap and poach and soups and hair dyers don’t mix!

Happy New Year,

GCHEEZG – as the plates say.

 

Articles referenced:

NPR – Hair Dryer Cooking: From S’mores To Crispy Duck

NPR – Coffee Maker Cooking

NPR – Dishwasher Cooking: Make Your Dinner While Cleaning The Plates

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to one and all!  I am pretty confident to say that 2014 is going to bring some more perm places to come and eat with us which we are really looking forward to.

We hope to start doing weekends at SOMA Street Food Park, Friday/Sat nights in Berkeley, and hopefully window vending with Kitchener Oakland before you know it.

In the meantime, always check out the Events 2014 page to see where we will be as well as other great food-filled events that I personally recommend.

 

Definitely get tickets to Cheesemonger Invitational at Public Works and go support or try a new restaurant in Oakland during Oakland Restaurant Week!  Hope to see your smiling faces!

 

Lastly, the gears are in motion for an evening of dining underground so stay tuned with messages about that coming in Feb!

 

In the meantime, here is all the cheese news you can use:

Grilled cheese restaurant coming to Pennsylvania AvenueWashington Post (blog)

Grilled cheese by day, wine and cheese by night: These are the plans for GCDC, a new cheese-themed restaurant coming in early February to 1730 
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The Grilled Cheese You Need (PHOTOS)Huffington Post

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Sometimes Grilled Cheese has an expiration dateRum Bunter

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Food of the Day: ‘The Dirty’ Grilled Cheese at the Melt ShopThe Daily Meal

What dreams are made of, Melt Shop is the place to indulge in America’s ultimate comfort food:grilled cheese. Melt Shop is not just in the business of 
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Living History Farms to host Grilled Cheese FestDesMoinesRegister.com

One of those events includes the 2014 Grilled Cheese Fest. It’s a new event that will bring together local chefs and amateurs to compete for the “Big 
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Food Trucks: Garlic, Lobster and Grilled CheesePatch.com

The Grilled Cheese Truck: If you can name a way to melt cheese on bread, they’ve probably done it. Sandwiches include the Buffalo Chicken Melt 
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What We’re Into: Cozi, grilled cheese reunions, ‘The Returned’Lincoln Journal Star

Each week, Journal Star staffers will share what we’re listening to, reading, eating, watching, wearing or otherwise generally loving right now. These are real 
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More Than Grilled Cheese at Roxy’s Brick-and-MortarEater National

The Roxy’s Grilled Cheese food truck is on track to open its upcoming Allston brick-and-mortar location in late January, reports Boston.com’s 
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Cheesy Express Opens 2nd San Diego Location — Gourmet Grilled DigitalJournal.com

Yes, I am talking about a grilled cheese sandwich restaurant here in San Diego’s playground, Mission Beach,” said Jason Daung of Cheesy Express.
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Grilled cheese specialist Tom & Chee coming to Central OhioBusiness First of Columbus

Tom & Chee specializes in grilled cheese and soup. The menu includes 28 sandwiches ranging from basic bread and cheese combinations to fancier 
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Dijon Brussels Sprout Grilled Cheese – A Cozy KitchenAdrianna Adarme

A life full of grilled cheeses is a good life. If you can enjoy a grilled cheese and some tomato soup, I’m pretty sure it means you know how to chillax.
A Cozy Kitchen
French Onion Soup with Sage-Gruyere Sourdough Grilled Cheese

You’re a family of movie buffs, and your annual Oscar party is widely recognized as the neighborhood party of the year. So, why not light the fireplace, 
All – The Salt Lake Tribune
Creamy Tomato Soup & Loaded Grilled Cheese — Confident Cook Hindy Garfinkel

This grilled cheese was never just standard white bread and American cheese. It was always filled with surprises. Some days it would be tomato and 
Confident Cook, Hesitant Baker
Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese by Shane Kearns durhamfoodie

Grilled cheese: one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Warm, melty, and delicious, it’s just what the doctor ordered on a bad day or when you’re in a 
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Ham & Pineapple Grilled Cheese | Recipes For Our Daily BreadDiane Roark

If you want a great tasting grilled cheese sandwich, try this Ham & Pineapple Grilled Cheese. It is so YUMMY!!
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Melt Bar & Grilled | Another Food CriticAnother Food Critic

The grilled cheese I heard the most about was the “Monte Cristo,” and what an unbelievable thing it is. This one has ham and turkey with Swiss and American 
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Lamb Tepanade Grilled Cheese – Mattawa Mumsarah

The other day I made a delicious Stuffed Tepanade Roast Lamb, and had a LOT left over, so I decided to make a tepanade lamb grilled cheese!
Mattawa Mum

 

‘Fontina Grilled Cheese‘ redeems Panera BreadVictorville Daily Press

The bread on our sandwich was toasted a little too much on one side and the flavors  FontinaGrilled Cheese — “Vermont white cheddar, fontina, reduced-fat 
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Sharon Thompson: Grilled cheese, tomato soup restaurant opens in Lexington Herald Leader

No matter how empty the fridge and pantry, you can usually come up with a meal of canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. A new restaurant in 
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This Restaurant Only Does Grilled Cheese, and It’s Awesome [VIDEO]Huffington Post

Tucked in between a Salvadorian restaurant and a government parking lot in Santa Ana,CA rests theGrilled Cheese Spot — a small eatery that solely serves 
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What We’re Into: Grilled cheese reunions, ‘Goldfinch’Lincoln Journal Star

Grilled cheese family reunions. This is my family’s latest “theme” for gatherings. It started out in honor of our only living aunt, who always ordersgrilled cheese 
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291 Venice Sample Sale; Trashy Gourmet Opens to Offer Grilled Patch.com

The new shop The Trashy Gourmet opens Saturday at 19th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk on Muscle Beach, giving away a “doughwich” [grilled cheese on a 
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Cooking school: Sweet potato soup and grilled cheeseMyFox Detroit

Cooking school: Sweet potato soup and grilled cheese  Edge Cuisine joined Fox 2 to make sweet potato soup and a mini gruyere grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Mini-Bites of Apple Butter Grilled Cheese Sandwiches | RecipestupidDOPE.com

grilled-cheese sandwich is a classic. It can be eaten at any time of the day with almost any kind of side. This simple meal can be whipped up in a second so 
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Cheesie’s Pub and Grub Expands to Wicker Park, Adds ‘Whiskey DNAinfo

WICKER PARK — A sandwich that’s been called the “most life-changing grilled cheese in America” by Esquire magazine is coming to Wicker Park — but with a 
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School menus Dec. 9-13Southeast Missourian

FRIDAY–Cheese pizza crunchers with sauce, green peas or cherry tomatoes or baby  TUESDAY–Grilled cheese sandwich, broccoli & rice casserole, apples.
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Grilled leeks with herbed cheese gratinBelfast Telegraph

Cut the green part from the leeks and slice. Wash well and cook in the butter until soft. Place in a baking dish. Cut the white of the leeks in half through the root 
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First Look at Grilled Cheese Shop and Wine Bar GCDC – Young Jessica Sidman

A new restaurant focused on cheese is preparing to open in mid-February, just a couple blocks from the White House. By day, GCDC will be a fast casual lunch 
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86 Tomatoes, For Now | Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheesejames

86 Tomatoes, For Now. December 11th, 2013. Winter is my least favorite time of year. I have to wear a jacket. It gets dark at 4pm. And tomatoes really suck.
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Apple Butter Grilled Cheese: Little Bites of Fall – Food FanaticEmily Caruso

Yummy apple butter grilled cheese bites. Emily proves you can never go wrong with grilled cheese!
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Meatless Monday: Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions Lauren Miyashiro

Explore food and cooking on Devour – a Cooking Channel blog, including easy recipes, how to’s and cooking techniques, global cuisines, food news, cocktail 
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Grilled Cheese – The Family Dinner by Laurie DavidKirstin Uhrenholdt

Grilled Cheese. December 06, 2013 |; by Kirstin Uhrenholdt. grilledcheese. There is no reason why you shouldn’t have lunch for dinner (or breakfast, for that 
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Pizza, Grilled Cheese and Nurseries: November’s Top 5 StoriesPatch.com

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Easy dinner recipes: Three sandwiches for grilled cheese loversLos Angeles Times

Could it possibly get any better than grilled cheese? I don’t think so. And while it’s hard to beat the perfection that is ooey-gooey melted cheese between two 
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Grilled Cheese Warms Tornado VolunteersCIproud.com

The on-the-go restaurant gave away free grilled cheese sandwiches to victims, volunteers and anyone passing by. The company thought free meals could help 
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8 Ways to Better Your Grilled CheeseThe Daily Meal

When it comes to comfort food, grilled cheese definitely meets the description. As it gets colder, a late night run to Cheesie’s doesn’t seem so great. Don’t worry 
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Best Bite: Snikiddy All Natural Grilled Cheese PuffsSTLtoday.com

A play on persnickety, the brand says be Snikiddy about your snacks. We are fans of the Grilled Cheese Puffs and Mac n’ Cheese Puffs. They are all-natural (or 
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Healthy Sliders, Maine Lobster and Grilled Cheese Food TrucksPatch.com

Some choices have included the vegetarian Zeenee Panini (mozzarella, tomato, pesto and balsamic aioli on mini grilled sourdough) and the Greek God (beef, 
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Montclair Chef Wins Premiere Episode of ‘Cook Your Ass Off’Patch.com

As the winner of the first round of the competition, Duarte got to choose one of three “twist” ingredients her opponents had to use in the grilled-cheese round.
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The Grilled Cheeserie celebrates 3rd birthday, December 8Nashville.com

The Grilled Cheeserie, Nashville’s gourmet grilled cheese food truck, will celebrate its third birthday with a party, owners Crystal De Luna-Bogan and Joseph 
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Dish List: The MeltNew University Online

The inside décor is simple and clean: white walls with typography displaying phrases such as “Grilled Cheese Happiness” and “We Believe in Wholesome Food.
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Little-Known Food Facts RevealedScoopSanDiego.com

(Family Features) What can a camel teach you about grilled cheese? Camels like the Sahara desert because it is dry. Grilled cheese sandwiches also like a hot 
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Leftover Sweet Potato Casserole, Brie and Bacon Grilled Cheese Jessica

How trashy can we get? That is the question. Very trashy is the answer. Who puts potatoes in theirgrilled cheese sandwich? Well, me.
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Baby Daddy & Rob Ford | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

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Lucy, You’ve Got Some Splainin To Do! | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

Tuna mixed with fresh dill, onions, celery, black pepper and just enough mayo on multi-grain with Havarti cheese. Why does Havarti always capitalize on spell 
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Meatloaf Monday | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

No better time to come down to Mom’s for a warm Meatloaf Grilled Cheese or a piping hot cup of Mom’s homemade chili. Don’t forget, we deliver now too.
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Jackson 3 Day | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

It’s a classic from when Mom’s first opened, an original menu item that has stood the test of time….and also named after Mom’s nephew. It’s a triple threat with 
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Jam Hands: Green Bean Casserole Grilled CheeseAli @ JamHands.net

For all the folks out there who love green bean casserole, this sandwich is for you. Take your favorite recipe for green bean casserole and transform it into a 
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Tis the Season…for Grilled Cheese? | New York Street Foodadmin

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Oh Angie! | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

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Top 5 Places for a Killer Grilled Cheese in Montreal – The MainDahlia Snaiderman

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Grilled cheese on a whole new level – GoErie BlogsJennie Geisler

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Gearing back up the Grilled Cheese Machine.

Wedding Catering....

Wedding Catering….

 

You must know by know that my silence here means chaos and work elsewhere.  This gap has been no exception.  Catering has just gotten bigger and badder and cheesier and I am happy about that.  Our books are pretty much closed for the 2013 season.  If you have seen us recently you have also even seen we have gone sans brick.  Gasp!  Times are changin….

Although there won’t be that much major news left here in 2013, next year is already looking like the year of the cheese.  From a major Cheesemonger event coming to the Brie Area from NYC to the possibility of television time as we find out if I get a chance at Food Network’s Next Food Network Star, many foodie things are happening behind the scenes.  Also stay tuned for some news about a possible Pop-Up for the Philippines as well as the return to BTC dinners in Jan/Feb 2014 with a new way to share some stories.  I also hope to give it one more college try with the ole crowdfunding and see if we can get our cart on the streets to make this the team and myself’s full time passion!  That will take a lot from you cheesy fans so keep an ear out for the word!  I always try and keep you posted via Facebook and Twitter and our Events 2013 page.  I hope 2014 might truly bring me the time to get more writing of my own on this page.  Until then, enjoy seeing some of my foodie R&D via Berkeleyside NOSH & SF Station now!  It is fun to be writing and eating for two different sources in the bay area.  It has definitely been the place to be watching so many new chefs, restaurants, trends, and food movements take place all around here.  Hard to keep up and always leaves you hungry for more.

Enjoy some grilled cheese news from around the Nation and Happy Holidays to all!
Sincerely,

GrilledCheezGuy

Recipe: Grilled Cheese With Bacon, Apples And Blue CheeseNY1

Today’s recipe is for a fall-inspired grilled cheese sandwich with bacon, apples and blue cheese, served that with a side of broccoli steamed in a little apple cider 
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Upside-Down Grilled CheeseThe Daily Meal

The way to make a grilled cheese sandwich better is, arguably, with more cheese. Beg to differ? Bite into this cheesy, pan-toasted glory and you’ll reconsider.
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Pears transform grilled cheeseColumbus Dispatch

But what if the pears and cheese go into a grilled sandwich? If you can’t find pepper jelly, experiment with another preserve (such as apricot or fig) for a bit of 
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How To Make A Surprisingly Delicious Grilled Cheese French Toast Business Insider

Titled “The High Road Vanilla Melt,” the dish consists of vanilla Fleur de Sel-flavored ice cream between two cinnamon french toast grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Cheap Eats: Beat the winter chill with chower & grilled cheese at Supa!OregonLive.com

The chow: A half-dozen soups ($3.95/cup, $4.95/bowl) and eight “melties” (grilled cheese on Pearl Bakery bread, $5.95–$7.95). The soups change daily, but the 
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Come, Eat the Free Grilled CheeseBwog

at 9 PM in the East Ramp Lounge, the Culinary Society will be hosting aGrilled Cheese Faceoff between us and the grilling masters of Feelgood. Although we 
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Gen. Clark stumps for vets, grilled cheeseOCRegister (subscription)

For his next act, he’ll be conquering grilled cheese Cheesy Mac and Rib from The Grilled Cheese Truck includes macaroni and cheese with barbecue pork, 
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Triumph Grill Combines Meatlessness, Motorcycles and a Mean Riverfront Times (blog)

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The Nerd Nite post is true: "In honor of the season, @GrilledCheezGuy is offering free festive toppings tonight (green=basil and red=tomatoes)..

0 likes, 0 comments14 hours ago

Doors open. Online doors also open. Order via #Square: https://squareup.com/market/GrilledCheezGuy

9 likes, 0 comments20 hours ago

Grilled morning! Today is the last day before our holiday break at Rickshaw to enjoy a grilled cheese and a $2 pint! Come in or order online..

2 likes, 1 comments22 hours ago

All I want for Christmas is wasabU. Baby.

0 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

Tomorrow is the last Nerd Nite SF of the year! Come nerd out and pig out on us. Our red and green toppings our on us!

0 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

Dinner tonight thanks to @VDotolo and @Quarterly and my favorite food box surprise! Thanks chefs.

2 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

10 and 2 Tuesdays at Rickshaw Stop. 10 dollars for grilled cheese and McClure's Pickles chips & 2 dollar pints! California grillin in downtown..

4 likes, 2 comments1 day ago

The grilled cheese space party. It was out of this world.

3 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

The Melt hired #NASA to make them a special transport box.
Nasa hired us to make them our special sandwiches for their holiday party.

Those..

13 likes, 0 comments2 days ago

We served a lot of grilled cheeses.

15 likes, 3 comments3 days ago

The silence is only because we haven't catering and serving you all a record amount of grilled cheeses this week. we thank you for all the love..

0 likes, 0 comments4 days ago

Looks like the #hellastorm is pretty wild.

9 likes, 0 comments6 days ago

IT'S GOING TO BE THIS BAD....REAL SOON. #STORMAGEDDON

1 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

At the kitchen risking #stormageddon for you all. That's the power of cheese.

2 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

The barman and I are waiting for you to place your @Square order or walk in and enjoy the condiment bar now till 2pm. #TheStormIsComingBrieArea

7 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

As the storm of the century approaches, today might be your last chance to get a grilled cheese. So come get cheesy before you get wet.

0 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

I guess that 5-star #yelp review makes up for that shitty ass 1-star review by a person who didn't even EAT OUR FOOD!

4 likes, 1 comments1 week ago

Dear #SF. Online lunch ordering now online for lunch ordering. Tuesday and Wednesday. Boom. http://mkt.com/GrilledCheezGuy

0 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

Been open for 2 minutes and one dude already enjoying a $2 Prohibition Beer pint and a woman got a grilled cheese.

#openforbusiness #hayesvalley..

5 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

Who's coming for a two dollar pint today at rickshaw stop for lunch? I know I am. :-)

0 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

Did someone say $2 pints all day Tuesday and Wednesday at Rickshaw Stop? Oh yea. We did.

17 likes, 1 comments1 week ago

CSA & Meatshare: The Iron Chef of the Home

We have been enjoying Capay Valley Farm Shop’s new Meatshare program at home.  Once a month we get 12 pounds of meat from local butchers that are frozen and in small servings of 1-3 pounds depending on what it is.  This is extra great for the two of us to enjoy each night.   Although it might appear to be challenge at first, we have very much enjoyed looking up recipes and playing around with what we get.  From beef neck bones to french lamb racks.  From a whole chicken staring at us daily in the freezer to an indian lamb rub we put on some lamb chops.

The program is only 3 months with the first month being a lot of beef and the second month having a lot of lamb parts.  We are very excited to see what comes next.  Hover over the photos to find out more about our delicious homemade dishes we enjoyed together.

If you are in the bay area I highly encourage signing up for the meatshare program when it gets offered again.  Links to their CSA & Meatshare are here:

http://capayvalleyfarmshop.com/

There is also a wonderful ocean CSA program called Siren CSA that I also recommend:

http://sirenseasa.com/

For more photos from our homemade cooking times check out my instagram:

http://instagram.com/grilledcheezguy

Flank SteakRIBS!Pav BhajiBig BurgerLamb chopsBBurritoOven Roasted French Rack of LambBeet TowerPizza timeWashingRed/Purple BasilBeetsSome of the recipes we found can be found here:

Indian Spiced Lamb / Indian Spiced Lamb

Lamb Shanks

Beet Stacks

 

 

The Nerd Nite post is true: "In honor of the season, @GrilledCheezGuy is offering free festive toppings tonight (green=basil and red=tomatoes)..

0 likes, 0 comments14 hours ago

Doors open. Online doors also open. Order via #Square: https://squareup.com/market/GrilledCheezGuy

9 likes, 0 comments20 hours ago

Grilled morning! Today is the last day before our holiday break at Rickshaw to enjoy a grilled cheese and a $2 pint! Come in or order online..

2 likes, 1 comments22 hours ago

All I want for Christmas is wasabU. Baby.

0 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

Tomorrow is the last Nerd Nite SF of the year! Come nerd out and pig out on us. Our red and green toppings our on us!

0 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

Dinner tonight thanks to @VDotolo and @Quarterly and my favorite food box surprise! Thanks chefs.

2 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

10 and 2 Tuesdays at Rickshaw Stop. 10 dollars for grilled cheese and McClure's Pickles chips & 2 dollar pints! California grillin in downtown..

4 likes, 2 comments1 day ago

The grilled cheese space party. It was out of this world.

3 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

The Melt hired #NASA to make them a special transport box.
Nasa hired us to make them our special sandwiches for their holiday party.

Those..

13 likes, 0 comments2 days ago

We served a lot of grilled cheeses.

15 likes, 3 comments3 days ago

The silence is only because we haven't catering and serving you all a record amount of grilled cheeses this week. we thank you for all the love..

0 likes, 0 comments4 days ago

Looks like the #hellastorm is pretty wild.

9 likes, 0 comments6 days ago

IT'S GOING TO BE THIS BAD....REAL SOON. #STORMAGEDDON

1 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

At the kitchen risking #stormageddon for you all. That's the power of cheese.

2 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

The barman and I are waiting for you to place your @Square order or walk in and enjoy the condiment bar now till 2pm. #TheStormIsComingBrieArea

7 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

As the storm of the century approaches, today might be your last chance to get a grilled cheese. So come get cheesy before you get wet.

0 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

I guess that 5-star #yelp review makes up for that shitty ass 1-star review by a person who didn't even EAT OUR FOOD!

4 likes, 1 comments1 week ago

Dear #SF. Online lunch ordering now online for lunch ordering. Tuesday and Wednesday. Boom. http://mkt.com/GrilledCheezGuy

0 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

Been open for 2 minutes and one dude already enjoying a $2 Prohibition Beer pint and a woman got a grilled cheese.

#openforbusiness #hayesvalley..

5 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

Who's coming for a two dollar pint today at rickshaw stop for lunch? I know I am. :-)

0 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

Did someone say $2 pints all day Tuesday and Wednesday at Rickshaw Stop? Oh yea. We did.

17 likes, 1 comments1 week ago