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    Posted on August 29th, 2014

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    Sept 6 – This Week’s Show

    It always fun to showcase a local restaurant that is doing great work…Louis Rose Hill Cafe is doing that in spades!

    Chef Louis Foreman has found the perfect place to show case his eclectic, fresh ingredient driven, casual food style  in beautiful Rose Hill Kansas.  With roots in Louisiana and a great background of home cooking, catering, fast food and casual dinning Chef Louis has made an impact with neighbors and friends in Rose Hill and beyond.  This isn’t fancy, no linen table cloths, just casual fun food.

    Louis Rose Hill Cafe features some of the best made to order high quality hamburgers in Kansas, find a Rose Hill Rocket High School student and ask them!  This is a family restaurant with much more than burgers.  Dinner menu includes: Meatloaf (click here to see KSN’s Baan Appetit segment about it), Grilled chicken breast, Pot roast, pork chops, fired catfish and grilled or blackened salmon.

    Soups, salads and sides to make a perfect family meal and not break the bank.  May be one of the best value dinning establishment in Kansas. Chef Louis features nightly specials:

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      Chef Louis and staff

      Monday is Chef’s Choice

    • Tuesday – Chicken Fajitas
    • Wednesday - BBQ Ribs
    • Thursday – Fried Catfish
    • Friday –  Steak Night
    • Saturday Cajun Night

    If you’re luck, Louis’ partner has prepared a special desert…like the made from scratch multi-layered white cake with vanilla icing I had for lunch last week!

    Louis’ Rose Hill Cafe – 107 South Rose Hill Road, Monday through Saturday
    11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m  316 776-9005   Louis’ on Face Book too.

    You can bring your own wine or beer to Louis Cafe as well!  :-)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2012 Botani Dry Muscat, D.O. Malaga, Spain

    100% Muscat Alexandria. Pale straw color. Fresh, fragrant and brimming with the aroma of Muscat grape, apple, mandarin orange and a pinch of wilted flowers. This generous white offers alluring flavors of peach, orange blossom, vanilla and spice. Off-dry, but this shows enough acidity for balance, and the wine remains light-footed. Wine Spectator 89

    This wine is simply delicious…perfect for hot weather or any weather, a great aperitif or the perfect accompaniment to lighter cheese, shell fish, chicken salad or grilled white fish.  :-)

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    Posted on August 28th, 2014

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    Aug 30 – This Week’s Show

    We are just days away from the September 3rd Grand Opening of Kansas’ and Wichita’s first Whole Foods Market.  If you have never been to a Whole Foods you may not understand all the excitement…that will change on your first visit to the corner of East 13th Street and Webb road next week!

    From their web site:  “Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too. ”

    Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when four local business people decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. The founders John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery. The original Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. It was an immediate success. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States. They’ve grown by leaps and bounds since that first store opened.

    I’ll be talking to Rob Allen Prepared Foods Associate Coordinator about all the fun items on the menu for eating-in or for take home.  Then it’s all about olives, cheese and more with guest John Balmer Specialty Foods Associate Coordinator.   Finish up with a brief chat with David Bisek, Marketing and Communications manager and some of the vendors who will be filling the shelves at Wichita’s Whole Foods Market.


    Callejon P verdot 08Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2008 Callejon Del Crimen Petit Verdot Gran Reserva, Mendoza Argentina
    Callejon del Crimen Petit Verdot Gran Reserva is the most dense and full-bodied of these wines. Powerful, structured, and packed with savory black fruits, it will require extended cellaring to reveal its full potential. It seems to have all the right stuff, so for those who think bigger is better, this is the wine for you. WA Score – 93. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2011)

    A big aromatic rich wine with big tannin balanced with ripe fruit aroma and flavor enhanced with a little bottle age!  Buy this soon, it won’t last…get it at Jacob Liquor on North Rock Road  :-)


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    Posted on August 20th, 2014

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    Aug 23 – LIVE from the LA Food & Wine Festival

    Good Life Guy is LIVE from the L.A. Food & Wine Festival! I’ll be telling you all about this spectacular Food & Wine event that has exciting venues all over the City and includes some of the finest wineries and Chefs.  

    Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with generous support from founding partners FOOD & WINE, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, and Delta Airlines, is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Set amidst one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents. The star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and local favorites such as Rory Herrmann, Michael Voltaggio, Matsuhisa Nobu, and Sang Yoon. Learn more here!


    I’ll also be talking to Elliot Dolin from Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards about his wines and the newly approved Malibu American Vitacultural Area (AVA) and Tim Skogstrom who owns and operates Cornell Winery and Tasting room.

    Most likely, when you think about Malibu, vineyards are not what come to mind. Beach mansions filled with celebrities or surfers riding the waves are more typical images. However, tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains is one of Southern California’s best-kept secrets — the vineyards of Malibu. Due to the hidden hills and remote canyons, it is possible to drive through the mountains and never see these vineyards. But from one-half acre backyards to thousand acre estates, there are more than 50 independent vineyards in the area today. And, with the imminence of Southern California’s newest American Viticulture Area, the Malibu Coast AVA, it is finally time that Malibu’s soil and climate are recognized as unique in their ability to grow wine grapes of distinction.

    Elliott Dolin was part of the original team that petitioned the federal government in 2011 for the Malibu Coast AVA.  Grape growing in Malibu is known to date as far as the 1800s, he said. During Prohibition, all of the vines were ripped out. Subsequently, between fires, the rising cost of land value and the growth of the wine industry in Northern California, no one saw fit to start planting vineyards in Malibu again, until 1985.  Napa Valley Register – July 14, 2014

    Tim Skogstrom owns and operate Cornell Winery and Tasting Room. Tim has more than 20 years experience in the wine industry and has managed some of the most prestigious wineries from around the globe. Natives to Southern California, Tim and wife Denise are devoted to bringing the best of wine culture home. The rich history and traditions of this area have enabled them to create a truly unique Southern California experience. Southern California has its own microclimates, its own traditions, and its own history, all of which are reflected in the wine served at Cornell Station.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week: The  Wines of Malibu AVA
    While these small producer wines are not available in Kansas, you can visit there web sites, learn more and place orders.


    This week’s wine feature available at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road is:
    2010 Chateau Bel Air Haut-Médoc

    A typical blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this wine is a great value from a storied Chateau.  Wine Spectator: “Features dark, roasted alder and mesquite notes mixed together, followed by juicy layers of linzer torte, blackberry pâte de fruit and plum sauce. The long, anise-framed finish displays a serious graphite spine for length and definition. Best from 2014 through 2020. 12,000 cases made.  Score: 91. —James Molesworth, 2013.”

    At under $20 per bottle this is a wine to buy by the case!  Tell the folks at Jacob Liquor you heard about from Good Life Guy :-)

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    Posted on August 13th, 2014

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    Aug 16 – LIVE from ATBBQ & Hedges Red Mountain Blend

    Live from the best BBQ and outdoor cooking store in the Midwest; All Things Barbeque!


    Good Life Guy & Don Cary

    I will be talking to Don Cary about his Yoder grills and smokers, the most widely used smoker on the National BBQ competition circuit.  Yoder Smokers, our own line of professional grade smokers built in our facility in Yoder, Kansas.  These smokers are handcrafted by skilled craftsmen using the finest heavy-duty ¼-inch steel.  A testament to quality and performance, Yoder Smokers can be found in backyards as far away as Germany and taking home top honors across the United States.

    We will also share  the many other products on display at the all new – All Thing Barbecue.  This Saturday is two great classes at ATBBQ taught by Chef Andy Groneman.  If you don’t already have reservations, it may be too late.  If you go to www.atbbq.com and sign up for the email list you can get early announcements about future cooking demos and classes.  They do fill up fast!

    All Things Barbecue, “Where Barbecue Legends are Made!”

    True to its name, All Things BBQ offers anything you need to become your own backyard grilling legend.  That means you can find the finest woods, sauces, rubs and cooking accessories and tools.

    Whether you are a true professional or just starting out, All Things BBQ has the tools and accessories you need to cook up the kind of barbecue that will have your neighbors hopping the fence to get a taste.


    Deborah Culverhouse

    Deborah Culverhouse

    Joining me to talk about the wine of the week is Deborah Culverhouse from Hedges Family Estate.  This is one of my most favorite wineries in Washington State and the Columbia Valley.  The Hedges family can claim credit for founding and promoting Red Mountain and the Red Mountain AVA.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:

    2011 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Bordeaux BlendHedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2011

    Flagship wine of the estate, the HFE Red Mountain consistently displays dense color, firm tannins, and well-defined acidity. Always a majority blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is suitable for drinking upon release, but will reward those with the patience to age it. This wine represents all vineyard blocks farmed within the Hedges Family Estate vineyard portfolio. A true chateau-production bottling, the HFE Red Mountain is the epitome of classic style, and one that represents the Terroir of the Red Mountain AVA in a pure and elegant form.



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    Posted on August 4th, 2014

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    Aug 9 – Steven Raichlen & winemaker Carol Shelton

    Good Life Guy likes to cook outside, there is nothing like the smell of grilling or slow cooking meat over a wood or charcoal fire.  My guest this week is the KING of Outdoor cooking and Bar-B-Que, Steven Raichlen with his latest book “Man Made Meals – The Essential Cookbook for Guys.”

    Steven really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue!
     books have over 4.7 million copies in print—and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen. Like a Joy of Cooking for guys, Man Made Meals is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen.

    Man Made Meals is about the tools and techniques (guess what, grillers, you still get to play with knives and fire.) It’s about adopting secrets from the pros—how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It’s about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it’s about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It’s about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure. These are recipes with a decided guy appeal, like Blowtorch Oatmeal, Fire-Eater Chicken Wings, Black Kale Caesar, Down East Lobster Rolls, Skillet Rib Steak, Porchetta, Finger-Burner Lamb Chops, Yardbird’s Fried Chicken, Blackened Salmon, Mashed Potatoes Three Ways, and Ice Cream Floats for Grown-Ups.

    Image of Steven RaichlenSteven Raichlen is a multi-award winning author, journalist, television host, and now novelist. His books include the international blockbusters The Barbecue Bible and How to Grill and the New York Times bestselling Planet Barbecue. His new novel, Island Apart, tells a story of love, loss, redemption and really good food set on Martha’s Vineyard. Translated into 15 languages, Raichlen’s books have won 5 James Beard Awards and 3 IACP-Julia Child Awards and have sold more than 4 million copies. Raichlen also hosts the popular TV shows, Primal Grill and Barbecue University on PBS, and a French language show called Le Maitre du Grill. He lives and writes in Coconut Grove, Florida, and on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

    Learn about Steven: www.stevenraichlen.com
    Learn about Steven’s TV show Primal Grill: www.primalgrill.org
    Sign up for Steve’s Newsletter “Up In Smoke”: www.barbecuebible.com

    Carol SheltonIn the second half I’ll be chatting with Carol Shelton “Zin Master” about her journey in wine. Ms. Shelton is widely cited as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. She has won countless medals for her wines and has been honored as Winemaker of the Year numerous times. After years of working with some of the industry’s top winemakers and wineries, Carol continues to win awards and accolades for premium Zinfandels produced under her own brand, Carol Shelton Wines.   www.carolshelton.com 

    Of course we will finish up with the wine of the week  :-)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2011 Carol Shelton “Wild Thing” Mendocino County Old vine Zinfandel

    Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel is a treasure. Grown on the benchlands and slopes of mountainsides — this wild-looking old vine Zinfandel offers fruit that winemaker Carol Shelton, with her 35+ years of experience and creativity, has transformed into a wine that is concentrated yet soft, creamy and full of flavor. Our Wild Thing Zinfandel was named for these wild- looking vines and also for the uninoculated, or “wild,” yeast ferment that was used to create it. It takes a lot of effort to tame this wild fruit, but it is worth all the trouble.  

    Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:  77% Zinfandel, 9% Carignane, 8% Primitivo, 2% Alicante Bouschet, 2% Syrah, 1% Barbera, 1% Petite Sirah. Aromas of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit combine with a beautiful hint of vanilla-oak loveliness, smoothly textured in mouth, very creamy and round, the finish is long and has lush jammy fruit — this wine is dangerously good! Remember – you are what you drink ….

    If you have never had any of Carol’s Zin, you are “Out were the buses don’t run!”  Fix it today, stop by Jacob Liquor Exchange and get a bottle

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