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The Thomas Keller Affair

As we got ready to move out of our house in Santa Clara, I wanted to cook a final meal in our fancy kitchen before we left it behind. Since we were going fancy I decided to go all the way and cook a bunch of recipes from the various Thomas Keller restaurants and cookbooks.

Salmon Cornets (The French Laundry)
Salmon Cornets (The French Laundry)

I started out with one of his signature French Laundry dishes – the salmon cornets that I first had in Per Se in 2010. The recipe is pretty straightforward and doesnt need any exotic ingredients. The main caveat that the fancy cones should be made while the batter is hot which often leads to burnt fingers.… Read the rest

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The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Manual registry is now live

The Aston Martin Vantage is a car that I have been fascinated with ever since it the VH II based V8 Vantage first came out in 2005. Luckily my Lotus dealer was also an Aston dealer and gave me a chance to take their demo V8 Vantage for a quick spin up CA-17 and back. However I found that while it was an achingly beautiful car in person, the performance of the original 4.3L cars did leave something to be desired. Aston seemed to understand this too and a few years later went to the 4.7L engine which improved performance but it still wasn’t a true supercar yet.… Read the rest

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A Michelin Tasting at Home

In the last year of COVID life I only made one multi course meal and it was a collection of old favourites that I put together for a Pandemic Thanksgiving meal. During the meal I was talking to our guests about those recipes when I realised that I hadn’t really made a truly new menu since my Potato Dinner of 2018. We got to talking about cookbooks at that meal and I brought out the Alinea and Manresa books to show people. I then spent the Christmas break going through the two books and marked out a selection of recipes that I thought were both interesting and practical to make at home.… Read the rest

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Viper Video Feature

A Youtube Video that we shot in 2019 about the Viper has finally come out.

Talking about some of the flaws of the car

Comparing it to the Hellcat

The funny part is that these came out exactly a week after I sold the Viper. In total I had the viper for 2.5 years and really enjoyed my time with the car. I even used it as my daily driver for a few months and found it super practical to live with. I will definitely have to get a Gen V Viper some day.… Read the rest

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Video feature on the Elise

Just in time for the 15 year Anniversary the Throdle Youtube channel released these videos about my Elise ownership experience. The videos were recorded in 2019 which is why it seems wierd to have people standing together without masks.

Talking a bit about the Hethel tour and driving Spa

Driving a Seven vs an Elise

We also recorded some videos about the Viper which will be coming out soon.… Read the rest