The Blu Jam Blog

1805, 2017

Have Wine? Will Travel!

May 18th, 2017|

This past weekend, I had the rare opportunity to get out of town to do some much needed "research." The Santa Barbara Wine Country in Southern California is close to LA, but feels miles away, and some of my favorite wines come from the region. Allow me to share them with you. FIRST STOP: MELVILLE Great winery, nice people, and VIP treatment! Their estate wines are out of this world. [...]

1305, 2017

My Mother, My Inspiration

May 13th, 2017|

I have great memories of my Mom, who was my best friend, mentor, and overall just an wonderful, loving mother. She is the one who put that "bug" inside me when it comes to cooking and entertaining. When I was young, even simple get-togethers at our house would become a gourmet affair with tea sandwiches and spreads of hams and pickled vegetables. I recall when she would cook,the whole house smelled like a food fair. Her soups were to [...]

1005, 2017

The Duke of Blu Jam and the Birth of “Tom’s Granola”

May 10th, 2017|

Tom Shell had a huge influence on me, the people around him including my family, and of course, BLU JAM CAFÉ. He would come to the Melrose Blu Jam Cafe on daily basis, sat at his table— literally his table— which had his name engraved on a plaque above the booth, and started conversations with guests around him. Most of the time they all end up being his friends ! We [...]

305, 2017

Why Go Out to Dinner?

May 3rd, 2017|

First, let me just say that everyone has different taste when it comes to food, and different likes and dislikes, but as Sushi master Jiro said in his beautiful documentary, "In order to make great food you must eat great food," For me going out for a meal is more than the fact that I am hungry. For me it's social thing, it's an experience, it's learning, it's a conversation with my wife and friends over [...]

2504, 2017

Michelin Star Coffee

April 25th, 2017|

ALL ABOUT THE FRENCH PRESS I always think about how to improve our guests' experiences by using better ingredients, new service ideas, exploring new recipes, and keeping the restaurants nice, clean, and organized while maintaining that neighborhood feel. I learn a lot from my fellow chefs and restaurateurs, so thank you to them! Going out with friends or on date nights with my sexy wife, I always look around, pay attention to details, looking for ideas [...]

3103, 2017

Breakfast Quinoa Bowl: A Healthy and Delicious Recipe

March 31st, 2017|

When I started to make quinoa at home, I realized what a great ingredient it truly is and how many health benefits it has, so I really wanted to incorporate organic quinoa into our menu menu at all Blu Jam Café locations.This dish was one of the most popular among staff, and it truly is an awesome breakfast dish. If you like oatmeal or granola, this is yet another option for you! You will like [...]

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