Postcard snapshots.

A view from my cousin's balcony.


Peaches HotHouse owners know their chicken.

Are you a spicy chicken aficionado?

Daily News staff writer, Jacob E. Osterhout wrote in his latest article, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the restaurant. Bed-Stuy Southern food joint Peaches HotHouse boasts the spiciest fried chicken in New York City.”

Osterhout’s story really caught my attention when he quoted Peaches HotHouse co-owner Craig Samuel saying, “People come in all the time and want the extra-hot chicken. They say they can handle it because they are from Jamaica or Africa or Haiti or wherever. But I don’t care where you are from. It’s hot.”

Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman courtesy of Rosier/News.

No wonder, part of their recipe is the inclusion of the world’s hottest pepper – “the ghost chili,” which is also remembered as the Naga Viper. Freakish monikers. Still, I’m crazy enough to try it. That’s coming from a kid that drank Tabasco sauce from a baby bottle at the age of 3.

Yup. And I’m sure I will suffer.

Find out more about Grossman and Samuel’s unbearably hot chicken here.

Happy Birthday, Casey.

Cake from C.K.'s parents. Delish!

Despite all the madness that’s happened this year, I truly wish you a wonderful and memorable birthday. Thank you for showing me a better appreciation for good food and a beautiful soul. And don’t forget to save me a piece! 😉

Love ya, mate.

– Anthony


My cousin is training to become a chef!

Gourmet sweets by Janice.

Just wanted to give a shout-out to my cousin, Ja (Janice Doncillo) for taking up pastry and baking college courses. I’m especially impressed with Ja since she already owns a 4-year registered nursing degree.

I commend you, Ja, on your ambitious endeavors. Now it’s most imperative, with your newly attained skills, to visit Seattle and deliver a feast for your cousin.

Or better yet, let’s open a shop here and I’ll run your online marketing campaign. 🙂

Keep checking back, everybody. I’ll post more pictures of Ja’s delectable sweet treats.

Also, if you’re in the Philippines and you want to contact Janice directly about her baked goods, send me an email to either of the two addresses:

And I’ll let her know. Cheers!