The Luxury of Dining

How many people go to bed hungry on this beautiful orb we call home? This beautiful planet that gives occupancy to so many creatures and of all these that occupy this place we call home, how many go to bed starving or near starvation?

Sadly, the majority of those that go hungry are those that don’t forage for food, hunt their prey, or have a source of life’s natural sustenance to provide for their physical needs. As human beings we have come to rely on others to provide our physical need for sustenance from fast food to fine dining, from the farmer to the grocery store, from food banks to garbage cans, we are a species that is unlike the birds of the air, the many predators who hunt for sustenance. We either live in the lap of luxury or the shit hole of despair and as an intelligent, thinking, loving creature filled with passion and creativity you’d think this problem would be solvable, right?

I love good food, I love really expensive wines and wines from Trader Joes. I grew up in the orchards and vineyards of what is now Silicon Valley, in Cupertino California. I picked all types of fruits from grapes, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches and apples. I never grew hungry and always appreciated the beauty of the growing season. I loved to watch the trees, vines and stalks develop, I loved the raising of livestock, chickens and ducks, to the produce that grew in nearly every yard. I love the harvesting of all types of food products and most of all the creativity that came from those who loved preparing, cooking and presenting food in its most beautiful presentation.

People like Alice Waters, J. Towers and Thomas Keller from the French Laundry that took food to a whole other level. To the holistic movement, vegetarians, vegans and a great many creative artists in the culinary world made me rejoice in the world of the culinary art.

That my friends is luxury. The ability to have set before you a cornucopia of dishes, wines, desserts and spirits of any kind such as Louis the 13th cognac, ports from all around the word, brandies and every type of spirit available.

And then, we travel, we explore outside of our own little universe, we read papers, then of course television, until today we have universal access to this planet and what we come to find is that the luxury is limited, not only is it limited, but the amount of wasted product tossed away like filthy garbage every single day makes luxury look like gluttony, irresponsibility and down right disgusting!

My point is not to belittle us as a species nor to damper the beauty of luxury. I have always believed in Buckminster Fullers world of “Utopia or Oblivion” and always believed that as we progressed as an educated, learned society, our passion would grow, even as our technology grew, we would take responsibility, we would act on our blessings, our luxuries and do whatever we could each and every day to make this place we call home a place of luxury, maybe like some religions advocate, heaven on earth.

I always like to end with an offer to my FREE Wine Tasting Guide. It is my way of getting you to stay in touch with me. You can toss the Guide, but keep the relationship, so without further hesitation, get the Guide and let’s begin to make our place we call home a better home. The Culinary Guru is both a business and awareness site for quality of life in the culinary world and we refrain from religion and politics and focus on the quality of food, wine, and spirits as seen from a lifelong restaurateur.


Thank you,

Gary Leese and the Culinary Guru Team


Passion, Food and Love

Wine Tasting in Tale of Two CitiesWe are sitting around the dining room table discussing the most interesting things known to mankind, such as the pyramids located in strategic areas around the world, the Tower of Babel, passion and the importance of friends discussing things out of our league, but enjoying every minute of it.

As life unfolds here in our world there are things we look to that must remain consistent, changing, but consistent. Love is a big one. The aspects of love and all the qualities love brings to our lives creates this firestorm of thought, it builds up in us this desire to be our best, to become fulfilled.

Yes, passionate and warm sexual encounters that come from a sweet embrace and a deep luscious kiss help as one soothes and touches the warm and primal areas. This love that fuels the fire of passion that creates deep loving friendships that grow and develop into long lasting, everlasting relationships is powerful. How about in your quiet time fantasizing, or better yet, feeding your loved one grapes as they languish on the couch succulently eating each grape one at a time while juices dribble down their chin? And………don’t stop now!

Passion, Food and Love are key to living this life. Eating is an important part that even King David was once known to say “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” I find the reference to a table filled with all the delicacies of meats, fruits, vegetables, cheese, and the most delectable of desserts prepared before those who spite us, hate us and would do harm. Anointing of oil that I am sure was made from olives, that precious fruit that symbolizes power, humility, heart health and beauty. And finally the wine that over flows making your cup run over that all should partake and enjoy!

As the world spins and orbits our sun on a yearly journey bringing us the seasons, may we aspire to be our very best and prepare for our friends a table filled with great food, drink and laughter. Preparing a table for our enemies is best left to those who understand the words of King David and until we have the growth and maturity to not live in fear and tremendous anxiety we will not hasten to quickly to this table nor will we truly listen and understand those words of another great King ” love thy enemies”.

But until that time as the world screams and yells like a bad reality show, I will bring thoughts and encouragement to eat well, drink well and get educated in whatever your hands and heart find to do, and always with Passion, Food and Love.

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Gary Leese
Culinary Guru