LA-based Chris “The Herbal Chef” Sayegh (pronounced: Sage) elevates cuisine with inventive cannabis-infused creations using his experience in molecular biology and fine dining. From creating an elaborate medicated gingerbread house to raise funds for the the Oakland fire victims, to appearing on Viceland’s Bong Appetit with Abdullah Saeed, Sayegh always keeps it fresh in the kitchen. The busy chef took a few moments from his schedule to share these five songs for your next sesh.
"July" by Sour Soul
I first encountered Sour Soul as a freshman at University of California, Santa Cruz, while I was walking in the downtown area. I heard live music coming from a record store and felt compelled to listen closer. It was insane. Never would I have expected to find such a gem in a record store; it was just like out of the movies. I stayed for their whole set and immediately bought a CD from them. I was able to talk to the band for a while and found out they were a rock and jazz band from Mexico City making their way up the West Coast. Santa Cruz is where my transformation began, so this song has significance in my life. Whenever I hear it, it brings me right back to the beginning of my journey there.
"In One Ear" by Cage the Elephant
People have been negative influences in my life, telling me that I shouldn't be so optimistic, that I will never make a living cooking, that I am a terrible person because I work with cannabis. Even those that were closest to me; family, friends, significant others. I always had the inclination to say "fuck off" and I'm glad I did. I listen to this song to help me remember that sometimes "It goes in one ear, And right out the other, People talkin' shit but you know I never bother, It goes in one ear, And right out the other, People talkin' shit, They can kiss the back of my hand."
"Blueberry Yum Yum" by Ludacris
This song makes me laugh! The first time I ever smoked weed was to this song and it's engrained in my memory as the best giggles I've ever had. We were on the way to In-N-Out Burger where I'm proud to say I put down a 3x3 animal style, animal style fries, and a chocolate shake. Warning: turn up the bass.
"Con Ti Partiro" by Andreas Bocelli
This song has so much significance to me. It tells a story of deep love and heartbreak. As a die-hard romantic, I can relate! I first heard it years ago and the emotion it evokes is incredible, still to this day.
"The Food" by Common & Kanye West
I grew up on Hip-Hop and this is one of the songs that’s timeless to me. Common and Kanye come together to speak truth about the difficulties of coming into their own. They recognize it's not easy for anyone and we all have problems to deal with, but at the same time they are telling us to move past them. Everything from the beat to the lyrics coincide with my way of thinking, so this is a good one to wrap up this list.
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