I knew of the 'Gilmore Girls' - I wasn't a rabid fan, but I watched it sporadically when it was first on.
Cooking is one of the most zen things - you have to be there.
Pico Union is an underrated part of L.A., and not a lot of people go unless you live there.
I'm in a place where I feel comfortable not being a chef anymore. That's taboo in our industry. 'Chef' is supposed to be the ultimate end of the road.
Go out one day and treat yourself. Go out and have the best sushi you can find, or go to the best barista in your city and have just a cup of cappuccino, and tell yourself that you deserve this. I think that is very empowering.
You have to believe in something, and you have to believe in the things that you feel and find value in those things, and not be swayed all the time. Maybe you're gonna get swayed 90% of the time, to keep those things submerged, but you can't distrust yourself 100% of the time.