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NFL’s Chargers Are Staying In San Diego, For Now

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As if there was any real doubt, but the San Diego Chargers are staying in San Diego! The football team announced last night that they have no intention of going to Los Angeles, at least for the 2015 season. But, between you and me, if San Diego wants to keep the Chargers as part of the Southern California Lifestyle, they should start thinking of ways to get a new stadium.

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Statement of Mark Fabiani

Special Counsel to the President of the San Diego Chargers

December 16, 2014

On February 1st of every year since 2007, the Chargers have been eligible to terminate the team’s lease for Qualcomm Stadium. And each year since 2007, the Chargers have announced that the team will not exercise the termination clause and instead continue to work toward a permanent stadium solution in San Diego.

Today, the Chargers are making the same announcement that the team has made each year since 2007: The team will not be exercising the lease termination clause and will keep working to find a publicly acceptable way to build a Super-Bowl quality stadium in San Diego. Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team’s fourteenth year of work on a San Diego stadium solution.

(Chargers.com)

14 YEARS of looking for a solution. That is crazy. I must admit that Jack Murphy Stadium, now Qualcomm, holds a special place in my memory, and it is not a terrible stadium, but come on now, 14 years is way too long to sit around wand wait for change. Get it together San Diego!

The Chargers have been in San Diego for almost all of their existence, and with so many season ticket holders here in Southern California it is nice to see that the Chargers want to stay, at least for now.

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Sam The Cooking Guy At Catalina Offshore Products in San Diego Saturday!

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If you have lived in Southern California, or at least the San Diego area, for the past 10 years (give/take) you know Sam The Cooking Guy.  Now you get the chance to meet him and try some of his cooking at a local San Diego landmark!

TODAY, Saturday May 24th 2014, SAM will be appearing at Catalina Offshore Products. This is THE fish monger for the San Diego area. All of my chef/cook friends love Catalina Offshore and talk to it to the point of I wonder if they are sponsored. *ok I get it, their food is fantastic*

RELATED: BusyBeeBlogger Goes Behind The Scenes With Sam The Cooking Guy

Sam the Cooking Guy at Catalina Offshore Products
This Saturday Sam will be cooking and hanging out, at his favorite fish market, come by and try a bite.

Saturday May 24th
11am-1pm
CATALINA OFFSHORE PRODUCTS
Fish Market, 5202 Lovelock St. San Diego, CA 92110

FREE ADMISSION No ticket or RSVP necessary

www.catalinaop.com

So if you want to meet up with Sam and checkout the one of the top tier wholesale fish markets in San Diego county, get yourself to Catalina Offshore Products.  He’s going to be cooking there, so it’s even more of a win!  woohoo

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Behind The Scenes With Sam The Cooking Guy

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It’s an ordinary house in a nice neighborhood in San Diego.  But for the past 12 years, or so, one of the best real food shows has been coming out of its kitchen.  I was sitting outside of Sam The Cooking Guy’s home, thinking that it much much too early to go in and set up already.  I was 30 minutes early to the time we had arranged, so I just sat in the car and worked on my computer… looking like a stalker.  Ok, enough of that, let’s go in anyway, people are beginning to stare.   I had been asked to come and watch a taping of The Sam Livecast with Nick Novak, kicker for the San Diego Chargers.  Pretty much a dream come true.

Max Zien behind the control desk for The Sam Livecast sam the cooking guy

Max Zien behind the control desk for The Sam Livecast

Sam, came to the door with dogs in tow, and was just as nice as I had remembered him from years ago.  Sam is genuinely as nice of a guy, with sarcastic wit and humor, as you see on his cooking show “Sam The Cooking Guy” or “The Sam Livecast”.  You cannot fake that personality for this long without stories getting out of the real you.

WATCH: Busy Bee Blogger Interviewed by Sam The Cooking Guy! 

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Sam filming the Sam Livecast with his son Max

The set of the show is not a set.  It really is his kitchen, and he really interviews guest at his table or living room.  The dogs wander around looking for a little attention from people, after all it is their home, not a set.  Max, Sam’s son, is there setting up the lights and cameras around the kitchen and living area.  These are usually out just pushed against the wall when they are not filming.  It was Max’s idea to do the livecast after listening to podcasts while in college.  Why not do that with the cooking show?  Throw it online, then everyone can watch it, not just people that subscribe to certain cable companies.

Sam The Cooking Guy filming the Sam Livecast in the red kitchen

Chargers kicker Nick Novak, Sam the cooking guy and Lynn Chyi

There was one person that I was surprised to see.  I had temporarily forgotten that Lynn Chyi worked with Sam and Max.  Fans of Master Chef will remember Lynn Chyi from season 4.   He runs the board out of a den next to the kitchen, and met Max while they were both interning at a law firm.  Crazy!  The trio of Sam, Max and Lynn are professional, but still keep things light and fun during the entire filming.

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Sam in the red kitchen

Before Novak arrived Sam was in the kitchen prepping for the two shows that will be filmed.  Do not let the fun of the shows fool you, these shows are planned out, there is a schedule they stick to, and there are sponsors to promote.  There is room for spontaneity, though.  Sam refrained from asking kicker Nick Novak certain questions until they were filming to keep things interesting.  You have to hold on tight to hang with Sam.  He knows what he is doing, well except when he can’t find a spoon or dish, and he will do his best to drag you along with him if you miss a beat.

Sam Zien prepping before filming The Sam Livecast

Sam Zien prepping before filming The Sam Livecast

Want to see Sam cook in person?  Attend one of his cooking classes! 

The cooking for the Sam Livecast is done in real time.  REAL. TIME.  He might prep things a little bit, especially if they take longer, like tater tots, but the cooking you see on the show is real, the food at the end is exactly what he makes, and it’s delicious.

Nick Novak, Sam The Cooking Guy, Max Zien making crab cakes for The Sam Livecast

Nick Novak, Sam The Cooking Guy, Max Zien making crab cakes for The Sam Livecast

The Sam Livecast is a spontaneous affair, with lots of humor and food that is not only delicious, but I can make it.  In fact I made the tater tot hot dish last night for dinner.  Sam, Max, Lynn, Sam’s wife Kelly the dogs film a show where they live their lives and that felling of being with a long time friend who is making dinner, or breakfast, or a great late night snack comes through the screen.

Sam The Cooking Guy on the monitor

Sam The Cooking Guy on the monitor

Thank you Sam for allowing me to be in the background and for interviewing ME on the show, to Max for inviting me to the show, Lynn for introducing me to the book Ration, Louie for keeping my lap warm and Kelly who seems to humor all this going on in the house throughout the day.   I had an amazing time, and cannot stop telling people about it, in a good way of course.

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Busy Bee Visits Sam The Cooking Guy Live Cast *bonus tater tot recipe* VIDEO

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There are few times when, as a blogger, the tables are turned. Earlier this week I was able to visit Sam The Cooking Guy to watch him film episodes of The Sam Live Cast. It is an unscripted uncut version of his cooking show, but with interviews and small chats in between prep. Think podcast, but as a video, and food.

Related Sam the cooking guy, back on Today

This week was tater tot week. In between prepping the Chicken Mushroom & Bacon Hot Dish, Sam turned the mike around and interviewed me. We discussed what it is like to be blogger, and my three tips on those wanting to make a go at it.

Check it out, and enjoy the tater tots!

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Jack FM’s The DSC’s Dave Rickards Was In Rehab

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With all of the searching, and asking questions of where in the world is the DSC’s Dave Rickards, there is finally an answer. He was in rehab.

Off the air from Jack FM for 40 days, The DSC had been hosted by guests including KFMB Program Director Mike O’Reilly, Phil Blauer, and my favorites Larry Himmel and Sam the Cooking Guy. During that time, the morning personality focused on getting off the vodka and back to life.

“I had a moment where I realized that my life was getting away from me,” Rickards opened up. “I switched from Vodka to hot tea, which is why there is a black flag flying half mast at Ketel One.”

After digressing with a joke, he continued, “I had to take time off to start eating healthy and take control of my life; it was getting out of hand.” [UTSanDiego]

The DSC still has a VERY large, loyal fan base, and they welcomed Dave Rickards back with open arms.

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