collaboration: friends of lysverket…

– Bente Getz has returned to her family’s farm, situated high on a steep rake that rises almost vertically from the fjords of Samnanger, Norway.  She left her homeland as a young woman to travel the world, a hippie who hopped around the globe, starting in the United States, then to Spain, and finally settling on a kibbutz in Israel, […]

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collaboration: friends of lysverket…

– Bente Getz has returned to her family’s farm, situated high on a steep rake that rises almost vertically from the fjords of Samnanger, Norway.  She left her homeland as a young woman to travel the world, a hippie who hopped around the globe, starting in the United States, then to Spain, and finally settling on a kibbutz in Israel, […]

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travel: southern, by the grace of god…

If you’ve been to the South and didn’t leave smelling like bourbon and barbecue, then you had best go back and do it right. The scene of the last chapter of this most amazing year of travel and eating for me was set among the palmettos and live oaks of the Lowcountry. On 20,000-acres of […]

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travel: southern, by the grace of god…

If you’ve been to the South and didn’t leave smelling like bourbon and barbecue, then you had best go back and do it right. The scene of the last chapter of this most amazing year of travel and eating for me was set among the palmettos and live oaks of the Lowcountry. On 20,000-acres of […]

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review: the magical rotisserie…

I fell into this one totally unprepared. I had a standing date to meet a friend at the Ferry Marketplace in San Francisco on a Saturday morning. That happens to be when all the farmers arrive with their treasures and the place devolves into feeding mayhem. We were supposed to have coffee and some pastries […]

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review: the magical rotisserie…

I fell into this one totally unprepared. I had a standing date to meet a friend at the Ferry Marketplace in San Francisco on a Saturday morning. That happens to be when all the farmers arrive with their treasures and the place devolves into feeding mayhem. We were supposed to have coffee and some pastries […]

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dinner: oui, chef…

“Chef.” That is the title afforded to every member of the staff in a gentleman’s kitchen. I recently had the honor and pleasure of being in the kitchen with four extraordinary gentlemen by the names of Bocuse, Boswell, Boulud, and Keller. Watching them orchestrate the “dinner of the decade” at Stella! was not only a […]

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dinner: oui, chef…

“Chef.” That is the title afforded to every member of the staff in a gentleman’s kitchen. I recently had the honor and pleasure of being in the kitchen with four extraordinary gentlemen by the names of Bocuse, Boswell, Boulud, and Keller. Watching them orchestrate the “dinner of the decade” at Stella! was not only a […]

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photo of the week 4: istanbul, not constantinople…

You won’t find anything good to eat in Turkey, people warned me. Well, I don’t know how fair or accurate that assessment is. Few things in life can be summed up with such absolutism. Physically and gastronomically, Turkey straddles East and West. A crossroad for trade, politics, religion, and commerce for centuries, one would think […]

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photo of the week 4: istanbul, not constantinople…

You won’t find anything good to eat in Turkey, people warned me. Well, I don’t know how fair or accurate that assessment is. Few things in life can be summed up with such absolutism. Physically and gastronomically, Turkey straddles East and West. A crossroad for trade, politics, religion, and commerce for centuries, one would think […]

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rumination 10: hold on to your hats windy city…

The long-awaited shoe drops.  The Midwest gets its first Michelin Guide Rouge.  It is slated to issue in November of this year.  CLICK. Let the guessing and obsessing begin.

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rumination 10: hold on to your hats windy city…

The long-awaited shoe drops.  The Midwest gets its first Michelin Guide Rouge.  It is slated to issue in November of this year.  CLICK. Let the guessing and obsessing begin.

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rumination 9: chef signal…

Chef Signal Every so often, a chef goes off the grid, underground, M.I.A.  Not even the fairly trusty chefdb knows their whereabouts. Batman has his Bat Signal, so I’m pulling out my Chef Signal. Where is Dave Racicot? In 2006, I had the immense pleasure of having two meals, back-to-back, at Aqueous at the Nemacolin […]

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rumination 9: chef signal…

Chef Signal Every so often, a chef goes off the grid, underground, M.I.A.  Not even the fairly trusty chefdb knows their whereabouts. Batman has his Bat Signal, so I’m pulling out my Chef Signal. Where is Dave Racicot? In 2006, I had the immense pleasure of having two meals, back-to-back, at Aqueous at the Nemacolin […]

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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 of 2009, the restaurant edition…

Corton New York, New York The course of any meal unfolds in a highly personal and circumstantial way.  Evaluating any restaurant experience devoid of personal context (e.g. company, mood, and personal preferences) is an impossible task. Though I like think that I can be scrupulously objective, I know that emotion trumps reason, personal preferences cloud […]

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best of 2009, the restaurant edition…

Corton New York, New York The course of any meal unfolds in a highly personal and circumstantial way.  Evaluating any restaurant experience devoid of personal context (e.g. company, mood, and personal preferences) is an impossible task. Though I like think that I can be scrupulously objective, I know that emotion trumps reason, personal preferences cloud […]

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