review: the wider, richer universe… (fäviken magasinet)

~ I might die in this car.  And if I don’t, I’ll probably miss my flight. And if I miss this flight, then I’m probably going to miss my connecting flights. And that means that I won’t get to New York in time for my photoshoot tomorrow night. Or, I might die in this car. But hey, at […]

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review: the wider, richer universe… (fäviken magasinet)

~ I might die in this car.  And if I don’t, I’ll probably miss my flight. And if I miss this flight, then I’m probably going to miss my connecting flights. And that means that I won’t get to New York in time for my photoshoot tomorrow night. Or, I might die in this car. But hey, at […]

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best desserts of 2012…

~ Last year, I asked: “Is pastry having a ‘moment?’” The question was clearly rhetorical. And in the paragraphs that followed, I cited dozens of examples of why I thought it was so. In 2012, pastry sustained its “moment” because chefs kept redefining and expanding its borders. They continued to explore uncharted territory, questioning tradition, […]

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best desserts of 2012…

~ Last year, I asked: “Is pastry having a ‘moment?’” The question was clearly rhetorical. And in the paragraphs that followed, I cited dozens of examples of why I thought it was so. In 2012, pastry sustained its “moment” because chefs kept redefining and expanding its borders. They continued to explore uncharted territory, questioning tradition, […]

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12 days: french hens (foss)…

~ On the third of the Twelve Days of Christmas at The Restaurant at Meadowood, Christopher Kostow gave to me Phillip Foss of the restaurant ELideas in Chicago. When Phillip Foss left Chicago to come to St. Helena for the event, his ten-seat restaurant (which only serves one-seating each night), was under renovation.  When he […]

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12 days: french hens (foss)…

~ On the third of the Twelve Days of Christmas at The Restaurant at Meadowood, Christopher Kostow gave to me Phillip Foss of the restaurant ELideas in Chicago. When Phillip Foss left Chicago to come to St. Helena for the event, his ten-seat restaurant (which only serves one-seating each night), was under renovation.  When he […]

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review: sensationalist success… (lady & sons)

~ I solicited nearly a dozen of my most well-traveled friends for dining suggestions in Savannah. Without exception, every one of them – including a friend who forwarded me a fairly long list – told me I’d find very little there worth the effort. Go to Charleston instead, they urged. But I had already been […]

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review: sensationalist success… (lady & sons)

~ I solicited nearly a dozen of my most well-traveled friends for dining suggestions in Savannah. Without exception, every one of them – including a friend who forwarded me a fairly long list – told me I’d find very little there worth the effort. Go to Charleston instead, they urged. But I had already been […]

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travel: meet me in st. louis…

~ Although I’ve spent countless hours at Lambert Field (I’ve flown through it more than any other airport in the world, by far) my time in St. Louis has been slight, a half-dozen one-nighters over the past three decades: school field trips, business trips, and a quick eating trip three years ago. So, when Gerard […]

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travel: meet me in st. louis…

~ Although I’ve spent countless hours at Lambert Field (I’ve flown through it more than any other airport in the world, by far) my time in St. Louis has been slight, a half-dozen one-nighters over the past three decades: school field trips, business trips, and a quick eating trip three years ago. So, when Gerard […]

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review: inside his mind… (quique dacosta)

I’ve never tasted terroir as intensely or unequivocally as I did in Dénia, Spain earlier this year. Eating at Quique Dacosta is like doing a faceplant on the shoreline not a hundred yards from the restaurant’s door.* It is a dynamic experience, where prehistory meets the future, where the land meets the sea, and where […]

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review: inside his mind… (quique dacosta)

I’ve never tasted terroir as intensely or unequivocally as I did in Dénia, Spain earlier this year. Eating at Quique Dacosta is like doing a faceplant on the shoreline not a hundred yards from the restaurant’s door.* It is a dynamic experience, where prehistory meets the future, where the land meets the sea, and where […]

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giveaway: bluestem, the cookbook…

For years, I had been telling my friend, Colby Garrelts, chef-owner of bluestem in Kansas City, that he should write a cookbook.  The Midwest was grossly under-misrepresented on the cookbook shelves of America, and I thought he should do something about it. But, after three years of nagging him, I decided to drop the matter. […]

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giveaway: bluestem, the cookbook…

For years, I had been telling my friend, Colby Garrelts, chef-owner of bluestem in Kansas City, that he should write a cookbook.  The Midwest was grossly under-misrepresented on the cookbook shelves of America, and I thought he should do something about it. But, after three years of nagging him, I decided to drop the matter. […]

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travel: one million calories…

I apologize for the month-long pause.  I was busy eating the shizz out of May. Thirty days. Four states. Nearly seventy restaurants. Over twenty-five Michelin stars.  Hundreds of plates.  And the most extraordinary cast of characters. I had a great month.

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travel: one million calories…

I apologize for the month-long pause.  I was busy eating the shizz out of May. Thirty days. Four states. Nearly seventy restaurants. Over twenty-five Michelin stars.  Hundreds of plates.  And the most extraordinary cast of characters. I had a great month.

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review: landscape of memory…

There are three rocks on every table at el Celler de Can Roca, presumably one for each of the brothers Roca. There’s Joan, the chef; Josep, the sommelier; and Jordi on pastries. Together, they’ve built upon their family’s restaurant, where all three worked as youths, and made it one of the world’s most acclaimed dining […]

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review: landscape of memory…

There are three rocks on every table at el Celler de Can Roca, presumably one for each of the brothers Roca. There’s Joan, the chef; Josep, the sommelier; and Jordi on pastries. Together, they’ve built upon their family’s restaurant, where all three worked as youths, and made it one of the world’s most acclaimed dining […]

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foodista…

You all know me primarily as an eater. But I also cook. And I bake too. Recently, one of my recipes was chosen by Foodista to be included in their first, social media-based cookbook, “Best Of Food Blogs Cookbook.” It contains 100 recipes from 100 bloggers from around the world.  In the weeks since its […]

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foodista…

You all know me primarily as an eater. But I also cook. And I bake too. Recently, one of my recipes was chosen by Foodista to be included in their first, social media-based cookbook, “Best Of Food Blogs Cookbook.” It contains 100 recipes from 100 bloggers from around the world.  In the weeks since its […]

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