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Salute From Riverside! Chef Luigi In California!! 
Apr. 12, 2010 12:51 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2010 8:14 am

Monday morning was a fantastic morning for Chef Luigi! I arrive in Southern California and meet LB! He went picked me up from this place with many boxes and I was just happy to be outside.

At first I worry because I think I back in Seattle. Dark skies above, look like rain on Chef Luigi and I no like. I hear Southern California suppose to be hot and sunny, but rain says hello to Chef Luigi.

This is Southern California? Yes I see the palm trees but where is the sun?

LB live in place call Riverside. He say it is far from Hollywood where all the movie stars walk around town, right? But Riverside is home to LB and his family so it is home to Chef Luigi too.

The thing say "Sunnyslope" but I don't see no sun, and where is this slope?

I hear LB say he has plans to take me many places and this is fantastic. First stop was to his house and I meet this little girl name Kennedy. Hello I say to this Kennedy while secretly I hope she no drop Chef Luigi. Already I hear LB scolding her. E giusto? It could be long week for Chef Luigi.

Nice to meet you Kennedy. You are a not so little girl.

Anyway, LB take me to his house. We are both chefs, no?, so I tell him to show me what we will be cooking this week. I get excited! Spices I like – oregano, cardamom, bay leaves – and others I interested in – cumin, chili powder, Mexican oregano. Sounds very delicious!

Cumin smell bad but it is LB's favorite he tell me

He also show me many ingredients we will cook up in this week. Sembra buono! He take out some pork meat, something called chorizo (I am excited about this) and a cheese he call “Panela” which I never hear of. It is from Mexico, LB tell me. His parents come from Mexico. I remember watching Calcio game (you call it soccer) between Italia and Mexico and LB watch game too! Ottimo!

LB tell me chorizo is very tasty and I take word for it.

However first thing LB serve me is pasta. I confuse.

Bacon in pasta make it taste buono!

It is like I am back home but I expect other things such as this spicy Mexican food. He say it will all come so for Chef Luigi to be patient but I have impatience sometimes! It is okay because LB will show Chef Luigi how he cook very shortly.

Well I must get going now. LB say he want to “pick my brain” and I am worried what this means. Chef Luigi will keep his hat on very tightly so as LB cannot get to brain!

Apr. 12, 2010 12:58 pm
Glad you made it to California safely and yes you better keep your hat on tight! Look forward to hearing about your adventures this week.
Apr. 12, 2010 1:00 pm
Don't worry, Chef Luigi, you look like you are in very safe hands with Kennedy. She is holding you 'very' tight :) It could be worse, you could be at my house with the 851b PUPPY and the accident prone 8 yr old boy. It's all good. Look forward to seeing what you cook up!
Apr. 12, 2010 1:11 pm
looks like u r in a great place!!! thanks and continue to enjoy!!!
Apr. 12, 2010 1:19 pm
Have fun here in Southern California! Hopefully the sun will show its face for you before you have to leave. LB will show you a wonderful time...there's so much to see here! I look forward to reading about your adventures!!
Apr. 12, 2010 2:06 pm
Bienvenidos a California Chef Luigi!! LB will delight you in the kitchen with his Mexican fare and knowing may be in for a treat at Disneyland! ;) Salud!
Apr. 12, 2010 2:25 pm
Have fun Chef. Looks like you have many hands there to keep you safe. Mag
Apr. 12, 2010 3:27 pm
Wow, Luigi, you got to California from New Zealand pronto! What did that cost? You must be one high maintenance stud muffin!
Apr. 12, 2010 3:52 pm
Hey, Luigi! Glad you made it safely and qickly to So Cal!!! I miss you, but I'm afraid Bessie wrote a not so flattering blog post about your stay with us -- sorry! Can't wait to see what great Mexican fare LB whips up for you! Glad to see you still have your passport!
Apr. 12, 2010 4:36 pm
I'm glad you were not jet lagged! Just kick back and relax, LB and his ladies will show you a great time.
Apr. 12, 2010 4:53 pm
I cannot wait to see what you and LB cook up in Southern California...see if you can't get him to post the recipes, ok? Even if Bessie Cocker wasn't impressed with your trip to New Zealand, I'm glad you had a lot of fun with such an awesome person as Good EatNZ is!
Apr. 12, 2010 8:34 pm
Brain pickin' is only dangerous if you have many secrets. Do you have so many secrets, Chef? Glad you arrived safely. That Kennedy girl looks pretty happy to meet you!
Apr. 12, 2010 8:47 pm
The weather should be gettng better, no rain for a few days now & LB will certainly show you a good time-there is so much to do around here-ignore all the crazy drivers & keep that hat on tight!
Apr. 12, 2010 9:17 pm
yes, kinda ugly weather here! but the sun should show up soon,i hope! Have fun down in socal and wish you could stop by and visit me as i am in riverside county too!
Apr. 13, 2010 1:19 am
Don't forget to ask for those secret recipes of his!
Apr. 13, 2010 1:49 am
Don't you just hate all those crowded lines at frustrating. Enjoy yourself, and keep us well posted.
Apr. 13, 2010 7:05 am
Wow, you have landed it the right place! Fun, food, and Disneyland!! I hope Kennedy take you on lots of rides and is careful to keep you strapped in tight on the teacups. Well, I guess you will have to see if the weather gets nicer to even think about a day at Disney though. Either way, have a great time and enjoy the great food LB cooks up for you. Chau
Apr. 13, 2010 7:11 am
Enjoy Riverside! Maybe I will see you out and about. Make sure you get some recipes for authenic Mexican food. Enjoy.
Apr. 13, 2010 7:11 am
Enjoy the rain! You won't have much chance to see it here!
Apr. 13, 2010 7:16 am
Is that tomato/bacon pasta from this site? I use one from here frequently! I'd better remember not to serve it to you too! Let us know about this authentic Mexican food LB has promised - recipes too!
Apr. 13, 2010 8:56 am
Glad you had a safe trip... Looks like your in for a great time. Hope the beautiful little girl isn't too much of a distraction for you. Bring us some recipes for this great Mexican food everyones talking about.
Apr. 14, 2010 12:16 am
I'm SO glad you're in California! I can hardly wait to read about all the places you'll be seeing.
Apr. 15, 2010 8:14 am
i hear LB makes great muffins. hope you brought your running shoes Chef Luigi because LB is not only a great cook but an awesome runner -- and i am talkin' early morning runs. good luck!
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Hello everyone! I'm Chef Luigi, Chef Tony's little brother. My brother Tony got a new job, so I am now the new Allrecipes traveling Chef. I'll be traveling from home to home; cooking and having fun. I can't wait to visit everyone!
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I love to cook EVERYTHING!
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Well, I have to admit cooking with my brother Tony is my favorite tradition. We've been cooking together since we were kids. Sitting on counters watching and learning.
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When my brother Tony said I'm a better cook than he is! Ha :)
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