The Inside Story of Mike Isabella’s Fallen Empire

Washingtonian Magazine has a great overview of the collapse of Mike Isabella’s restaurant group. A cautionary tale for chefs about how poor personal choices can destroy years of work.

“When Isabella Eatery opened, no one imagined it would close nine months later—and certainly not like this.”

Source: The Inside Story of Mike Isabella’s Fallen Empire

Lodge Cast Iron Pans on Sale

The Lodge 10.25 Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan is on sale at for $14.90 with free Prime shipping. This pan sells at many retail outlets for between $19.99 – $24.95. This is my go to pan and sits on my stovetop 24/7. Not sure how long it will be on sale so jump on it if you have been thinking about cooking with cast iron.


Portland or has ranked the top 182 cities in the country for foodies. Using 29 key metrics, including food friendliness, average cost of groceries, affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants, and food festivals.

Here are the top ten:
1. Portland, OR
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Miami, FL
4. New York, NY
5. Los Angeles, CA
6. Orlando, FL
7. Las Vegas, NV
8 Seattle, WA
9. San Diego
10. Austin, TX

Check to full list here to see where your city ranks.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Tips with Mushroom Gravy — Recipes from The Kitchn

As the days grow shorter and colder, a creamy, comforting beef stew loaded with seared beef and savory mushrooms fits the dinner bill perfectly — especially if you’re a fan of beef stroganoff. The slow cooker works all day, tenderizing the beef and creating a flavorful sauce, and all you have to do is add some cream when you get home and figure out if you’d rather serve it over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Source: Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Tips with Mushroom Gravy — Recipes from The Kitchn