Why Diplomacy Is So Important

Great National Geographic special called Inside North Korea: The Great Game.. It talks about the game this isolated country plays with the US and others. Former diplomats including Secretary of State Madeline Albright and former UN ambassador Bill Richardson are interviewed.

MCM: Andy and David Williams - Those voices!

When Andrew and David Williams sing together I become weak at the knees. These brothers had three albums as adults (they were also bubble gum teen stars). I had a chance to see them at an LA coffee house back in the 90’s and did my best not to drool. I asked to book them on my E! talk show and their minders at Warner Brothers records refused to book them. E! wasn’t what it is now but it was still a big deal. Dumb move on the label’s part. Andrew still produces music. David, I heard, is an architect. He came out in the 90’s in an interview with the Advocate. I’m still smiling lol. A man can dream. I wish they would still perform or drop some new music. Check ‘em out on YOUTUBE.

PS- one of my favorite songs of theirs was in the movie Grace of My Heart. Love Doesn’t Ever Fail Us

Castner’s Vegan Chorizo Pasta


I just made this up and love it!

Prepare brown rice pasta. Fusilli or spaghetti or whatever you like. I boil that in salted water for 8 to 9 minutes. You want it just a little bit al dente because you’re going to add it to the sauce and cook it more so you don’t want it to get too mushy. 

Pace your self through the next steps-

Sauté about five or six cloves of garlic dice up as much onion as you want. I use vegetable broth instead of oil. Do this for about two minutes.

Toss in a cup of sliced baby Bella mushrooms. Season with ancho chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. Give that about two minutes.

Add a 5 inch or so segment of vegan chorizo. I like the one from Trader Joe’s. Crumble in.

Add some bottled roasted red peppers. I like the Cento brand. Put in as much as you want are usually use about a quarter of a bottle.

Add half a can of fire roasted tomatoes.

By now your pasta should be done. I don’t drain it I just pick it up clump by clump and put it in the sauce. I make sure I get in some of that pasta water. I have no idea why but all of the chefs seem to do it LOL.

Stir that for a couple of minutes and then plate it up! I also like to add a small palm size batch of vegan mozzarella. I fold that in to the middle of the pasta so It melts. I cut up some fresh basil on top of it. And you are ready to eat!

Georges Michel au Cannes


 @festivaldecannes circa 1992. So I kind of looked like George Michael at the time. So much so these people wouldn’t let me go until I signed autographs. We were in a hurry to get to an interview so I just did it. When I kept saying no they kept swearing at me like George Michael was an asshole. I felt a responsibility to the real GM. Can I get a witness@johnrieber @dudalicioustoo ? #cannesfilmfestival