photo of the week 37: what my readers are reading…

I need your help. Almost more than eating, I love to read. As a child, I devoured books by the shelves.  Naturally, I waded through a heavy load of classics, supplemented by required reading in school. But I also doted on children’s fantasies and historical novels, political thrillers and mysteries. I fell hard and fast […]

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photo of the week 37: what my readers are reading…

I need your help. Almost more than eating, I love to read. As a child, I devoured books by the shelves.  Naturally, I waded through a heavy load of classics, supplemented by required reading in school. But I also doted on children’s fantasies and historical novels, political thrillers and mysteries. I fell hard and fast […]

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rumination 15: update, please…

I haven’t ruminated out loud in a while.  But a recent post on a food forum, chiefly, a complaint therein about the failure of restaurants to update their menus online, spurred me to write. Time was (and I remember those days) when restaurants weren’t on the internets. You showed up, you ordered from what was […]

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rumination 15: update, please…

I haven’t ruminated out loud in a while.  But a recent post on a food forum, chiefly, a complaint therein about the failure of restaurants to update their menus online, spurred me to write. Time was (and I remember those days) when restaurants weren’t on the internets. You showed up, you ordered from what was […]

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rumination 15: why restaurants matter…

There are eight million ways I could start this post. I could begin by scrutinizing the moral imperative surrounding high-end dining, while trying to dodge all of its guilt-laden side effects and seemingly unjustifiable excesses.  Let them eat brioche, as it were. Or, I could initiate a circuitous dialogue about the artistic value of cooking […]

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rumination 15: why restaurants matter…

There are eight million ways I could start this post. I could begin by scrutinizing the moral imperative surrounding high-end dining, while trying to dodge all of its guilt-laden side effects and seemingly unjustifiable excesses.  Let them eat brioche, as it were. Or, I could initiate a circuitous dialogue about the artistic value of cooking […]

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rumination 14: ping…

I’m not Shakespeare. My writing is far from Pulitzer Prize-winning material.  And, though I’ve tried to pare down my blog posts over the last year, they’re not the exactly concise. But I get so many comments and compliments on my photos, and comparatively few on the substance of my blog posts that I often wonder […]

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rumination 14: ping…

I’m not Shakespeare. My writing is far from Pulitzer Prize-winning material.  And, though I’ve tried to pare down my blog posts over the last year, they’re not the exactly concise. But I get so many comments and compliments on my photos, and comparatively few on the substance of my blog posts that I often wonder […]

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rumination 13: if you build it…

One of the first things that people ask me is: Why Kansas City? No offense to the hard-working and wonderful chefs here – a few of whom I’ve befriended – it ain’t for the restaurant scene.  That’s for sure. I was born and raised here. My family is here. I enjoy the easy living. But […]

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rumination 13: if you build it…

One of the first things that people ask me is: Why Kansas City? No offense to the hard-working and wonderful chefs here – a few of whom I’ve befriended – it ain’t for the restaurant scene.  That’s for sure. I was born and raised here. My family is here. I enjoy the easy living. But […]

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photo of the week 1: on top of granola…

I photograph subjects other than food. In fact, my favorite subjects are people. Portraiture is, perhaps, my favorite genre of art. Prompted by the surprising level of interest in my food photographs (which really are amateur, on-the-fly shots, you do realize), I’ve considered, for a while now, starting a new series on this blog, which […]

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photo of the week 1: on top of granola…

I photograph subjects other than food. In fact, my favorite subjects are people. Portraiture is, perhaps, my favorite genre of art. Prompted by the surprising level of interest in my food photographs (which really are amateur, on-the-fly shots, you do realize), I’ve considered, for a while now, starting a new series on this blog, which […]

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i’m goin’ to kansas city…

Arthur Bryant’s Kansas City, Missouri NOTE: This post has been updated.  CLICK HERE. Wilbert Harrison made Kansas City a singable destination in 1959 when his version of the song “Kansas City” topped both the R&B and Billboard charts.  The song not only earned him a place in the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame (posthumously in […]

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i’m goin’ to kansas city…

Arthur Bryant’s Kansas City, Missouri NOTE: This post has been updated.  CLICK HERE. Wilbert Harrison made Kansas City a singable destination in 1959 when his version of the song “Kansas City” topped both the R&B and Billboard charts.  The song not only earned him a place in the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame (posthumously in […]

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where do we go from here?….

Snow-bound. Happy (belated) new year, friends near and far! The first order of business, always, is to set the agenda. Due to a project I’m working on, I don’t expect to be doing as much travel in the first half of 2010. In fact, I’ve only scheduled three trips for the entire year.  And two […]

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where do we go from here?….

Snow-bound. Happy (belated) new year, friends near and far! The first order of business, always, is to set the agenda. Due to a project I’m working on, I don’t expect to be doing as much travel in the first half of 2010. In fact, I’ve only scheduled three trips for the entire year.  And two […]

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best dishes of 2009…

Petales de Melon Confit Pierre, Hong Kong 2009 arrived on the heels of an incomparable eating tour of London, Paris, and beyond.  I can’t believe a year has gone by since I stuffed myself silly with macarons, cheese, bread, butter, and truffles. As memorable and impressive as my eating itinerary was last year, I can’t […]

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best dishes of 2009…

Petales de Melon Confit Pierre, Hong Kong 2009 arrived on the heels of an incomparable eating tour of London, Paris, and beyond.  I can’t believe a year has gone by since I stuffed myself silly with macarons, cheese, bread, butter, and truffles. As memorable and impressive as my eating itinerary was last year, I can’t […]

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rumination 5: the last supper conundrum…

Mike Czyzewski over at The Budget College Cook blog emailed me with three well-traversed questions that, collectively, comprise what I call the “last supper” conundrum.  You can read about his final meal, and others’, including mine, on his blog. The task is preposterous.  One meal?  Are you serious?  I can’t even make up my mind […]

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rumination 5: the last supper conundrum…

Mike Czyzewski over at The Budget College Cook blog emailed me with three well-traversed questions that, collectively, comprise what I call the “last supper” conundrum.  You can read about his final meal, and others’, including mine, on his blog. The task is preposterous.  One meal?  Are you serious?  I can’t even make up my mind […]

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