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I absolutely adore San Francisco based vlogger, LGBT advocate and YouTube wannabe  Scottie Milagro. His YouTube channel has close to 75 uploads that are beaming with fun and informative stuff. What really makes these videos so great is Scottie’s charm, sincerity and simply magnetic energy on screen. In his latest post he shares the exciting news of his recent engagement. I suggest you watch a couple of his other videos first so that you can really understand how hopelessly in-love he is. The engagement video is unlike his others as it allows viewers to see an intimate view of Scottie – flustered and floating high with emotion. He makes it absolutely impossible to not be fully committed to attending this wedding.

Scottie answers my foodie questionnaire here:

What is your favorite dessert?
I come from a big Spanish family so I have a huge soft spot for flan. It doesn’t even have to be fancy. Goya makes one that comes in a little cardboard box. Some of my best childhood memories include pouring that little box of powdered flan into a saucepan and watching it become sweet, sugary goodness.

What restaurant would you call your home?
I regret not discovering Pesce earlier, even though it’s right in my own neighborhood. It’s such a shame that another great restaurant in that building is closing its doors (remember brunch at 2223? Delicious!). Their braised octopus is my go to and it will be sorely missed. If I’m in LA, you’re guaranteed to find me at Osteria La Buca. Unpretentious, mouthwatering Italian. I almost always order the special.

What is the strangest or most inspiring thing you’ve ever eaten?
On a volunteer trip to Belize I once ate a fistful of termites. Like, literally stuck my hand into a termite nest in a tree and licked them off like a lollypop. They tasted like minty carrots if you could image that flavor combination.

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?
Lucky Charms, but just the marshmallows. I used to dump the whole box in a large mixing bowl, eat all the marshmallows in one sitting, then pour the rest of the cereal back into the box.

What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?
If Starbelly is still open, my tipsy cravings lead me straight to their chicken liver pâté. I realize this is a very bougie pig out food, but I can’t resist! It’s too good!

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Baby jailbait Scottie at Booty Call Wednesdays, 2009


I created this spicy carrot spread for my menu collaboration with Kitchit Tonight. It is reminiscent of hummus – and is super easy to make and a great starter for any party.

Spicy Carrot Spread
6 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Harissa
½ teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
3 tablespoon Tahini
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Set a steamer basket in a saucepan with 2 inches simmering water. Add carrots. Cover and steam until tender, about 12 minutes.
Heat oil in pan and saute until lightly browned.
Transfer carrots, onions, Harissa, cumin, pine nuts, tahini, and lemon juice to a food processor. Season with salt and pepper. Process until smooth, about 1 minute, adding up to 2 tablespoons water if necessary.

Serve with toasted pita bread.

Friend and Tablehopper Marci Gagliardi recently asked a bunch of us night owls where they like to eat late-night for Refinery29.

“If anyone knows a thing or two about late-night eats in San Francisco, it’s bartenders, chefs, wine directors, nightlife writers, and drag queens. So, we hunted down these nocturnal experts to share their favorite post-midnight haunts (and what to order), for the next time your hunger strikes during the wee hours. People love to complain about S.F. restaurants closing their doors at 10 p.m., but the only way to promote a vibrant after-hours dining scene is for us to support the one we already have. So, click through these pro tips on where to head after last call, whether you’re craving pupusas, potato skins, or even kale salad. (Yes, really. Because — San Francisco.)”


Paul Wakefield

Paul Wakefield

My lover and friend Paul Wakefield tends bar at San Francisco’s Orbit Room. The bar and cafe have been around for over 20 years. The place is a great mix of old and new. Paul stopped by my place tonight to make us one of my favorite winter cocktails before heading off to work. I’m a huge citrus fan of Meyer lemons, Key limes, Valencia oranges and especially grapefruit. They are a bit of sunshine at the market right now. My grandmother had a grapefruit tree that was so tall its top branches rested on the roof  of her small home in the East Bay. I was always more than happy to pick them for her. My family sold that little house years ago. And, I recently drove by out of curiosity and my great fondness of the property that gave me so much fruit throughout my childhood. The front yard was horribly disregarded. And that great grapefruit tree that stood so tall had been chopped down to a mere stump. I’ll never drive by there again. But I will never forget the taste of those big juicy grapefruits.


Salty Dog

6 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, about 3 large grapefruits

2 ounces vodka

Salt for the rim of the glass



Paul and I at Booty Call Wednesdays

Paul and I at Booty Call Wednesdays

Todd Barket

Todd Barkett is always smiling. And, its an endearing one. He opened Unionmade in November of 2009 in a pre-1906 earthquake Victorian storefront at 493 Sanchez Street, situated on the border of San Francisco’s Mission and Castro districts. Voted one of the country’s 10 best independent mens stores by GQ Magazine and San Francisco’s best mens store by SF Weekly, Unionmade is known for our outstanding selection of men’s casual and fine clothing, shoes, new and vintage books, and men’s grooming products.

Todd is a great friend and has been a big supporter of my annual Pride Event. His shop is an inspiration in its devotion to showcasing American made goods. If  you’ve seen my kitchen you know that I have no room for another cookbook – but seem to walk out of the store with not one but two more every time I visit. This fall I got to further my modeling career by modeling for their second annual Unionmade Indigo Collection campaign.

Unionmade Indigo Collection

What is your favorite dessert?

Vanilla Ice cream with olive oil and sea salt.  So simple and so tasty.

What restaurant would you call your home?

Bar Tartine.  I love the updates with all of the wood and pottery and the menu is crazy!

What is the strangest or most inspiring thing you’ve ever eaten?

Japanese bean curd candy in Tokyo.  The colors and shapes were amazing.

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?

Rice Krispies

What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?

Good bread with cheese.

Todd and I at Pride.

I’ve sang praises about award-winning / Iron Chef Traci Des Jardins many times in the past. But as the month of June quickly heads to its end – the only thing on my mind is eating any dish Traci serves with foie gras.

I first got a taste of it when she was working at Rubicon and have not had any better since. Every time I stop into her restaurant Jardinere – it’s the first thing I look for on the menu. I’ve been known to sit at the bar (the most genuine bar staff in town) and order the foie gras terrine and also add to that the foie gras appetizer off of the dinner menu. Hey – I’m old enough to do what I want to do.

Starting July 1st California law goes into effect banning foie gras. We will be the first state in the country to ban it. And that is hard to swallow from a San Francisco foodie. The ban has spun a frenzy – driving the demand and prices at its highest. I’m gonna try to see Traci as often as I can this month – I sure hope she has stocked up.

Eat me is what I have to say to the California legislature that passed the law in 2004.

Kim Ann Foxman Eats Out

i-D Magazine – Photography – Collier Schorr / Styling – Holli Smith

Kim Ann has been setting the world on fire with music. As DJ and producer she is making dance floors sizzle everywhere she goes. Her style is by far – more than trend-setting. That new buzz cut she’s sporting these days by hair stylist Holli Smith is the cut for the summer. We met in San Francisco in the late 90’s and will forever remain enamored with each other. During a hot Pride Sunday years ago a big group of us dressed up as animals and paraded around Civic Center. We’ve spent a few Pride’s together since then. This year Kim Ann is coming back to San Francisco to be a part of my annual Pride Event which is benefiting the SF LGBT Center. Kim Ann’s Soundcloud is on constant play at my place and I think you should listen-up and press play too. Here’s a link to an exclusive mix she did for I-d Magazine.

Kim Ann has been an influential part of the musical group Hercules And Love Affair and most recently released the track Creature on the label Mr. Intl Records.

What is your favorite dessert?

Pumpkin pie and I also love mochi with all my heart.

What restaurant would you call your home?

Westville in New York City. Its literally across the street and its so good. I pretty much eat there all the time.

What is the strangest or most inspiring thing you’ve ever eaten?

The strangest thing I have ever eaten – which I really loved are called percebes, otherwise known as goose barnacles. They look so freaky – like weird claws. I was pretty scared to try one. They are quite an expensive delicacy in Spain because they are very hard to collect. They grow on rocks where the waves are crashing – so its really dangerous to harvest them. You have to twist their weird tube and suck the edible part out, but its tastes really good!!

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?


What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?


Kim Ann Foxman – Image / Daniel Riera