Starting down the path of Ramen with Ramen Otaku

Over the last several months, I’ve tried to home in on what I felt would be a good focus for my culinary practice, at least for the first couple of months of the year. There were two things that I immediately decided to explore more. Japanese food, specifically sushi and ramen. Modernist/fine dining. I realize those are both HUGE topics that could take a lifetime … Continue reading Starting down the path of Ramen with Ramen Otaku


At the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is self-actualization, the driving force inside all of us that makes us want to reach our full potential. There are two hurdles to achievement in this realm. You have to clear the other levels of need before you can spend the time and energy focusing on self-actualization It takes a tremendous amount of work and humans are, … Continue reading self-ac·tu·al·i·za·tion

UC Berkeley, Priorities, & Marshmallows

Now to catch us up a little on my personal development goals… After I completed the Rouxbe Pro Cook course, I signed up for a Professional Certificate of Business Administration program at UC Berkeley. Their extension office makes many of their certificate programs available via completely remote classes. You do have to take proctored final exams, but everything else can be done from your home. … Continue reading UC Berkeley, Priorities, & Marshmallows

Completed the Rouxbe Course, in July

As you may have guessed from the name of this blog, I’m terrible about keeping up with it. Life gets hectic and my focus changes like the wind on a summer day. I haven’t posted on here since just a few weeks into the Rouxbe Pro Cook course. It was an intense, amazing experience that kept me cooking almost every day for 5 months. I … Continue reading Completed the Rouxbe Course, in July