dinner: collaboration…

The last time I pushed back from the table at a collaboration dinner, I vowed I’d never attend another. They’re just so tricky.  You take a group of random chefs, put them in a random kitchen with random cooks, all of them trying to orchestrate their random plates of food, and, somehow, it’s supposed to […]

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dinner: collaboration…

The last time I pushed back from the table at a collaboration dinner, I vowed I’d never attend another. They’re just so tricky.  You take a group of random chefs, put them in a random kitchen with random cooks, all of them trying to orchestrate their random plates of food, and, somehow, it’s supposed to […]

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photo of the week 36: mucho appreciated…

While the food truck frenzy has long gripped, and even passed through many cities around our country, that mobile eating culture is just now arriving in my hometown of Kansas City. Late last night, I dropped by Port Fonda, Patrick Ryan’s shiny postcard from Mexico parked in the lot adjacent to the Rieger Grill & […]

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photo of the week 36: mucho appreciated…

While the food truck frenzy has long gripped, and even passed through many cities around our country, that mobile eating culture is just now arriving in my hometown of Kansas City. Late last night, I dropped by Port Fonda, Patrick Ryan’s shiny postcard from Mexico parked in the lot adjacent to the Rieger Grill & […]

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review: those buns…

I often worry about my esteemed colleague, the tentacled chuckeats. Between his enviable emails entitled “Manresa tonight” and “Gagnaire tomorrow,” he’s prone to long pauses, hours – sometimes days – of silence.  He goes on all-night project benders without notice, disappearing into his exciting world beyond the internets. He doesn’t call, he doesn’t write, only to […]

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review: those buns…

I often worry about my esteemed colleague, the tentacled chuckeats. Between his enviable emails entitled “Manresa tonight” and “Gagnaire tomorrow,” he’s prone to long pauses, hours – sometimes days – of silence.  He goes on all-night project benders without notice, disappearing into his exciting world beyond the internets. He doesn’t call, he doesn’t write, only to […]

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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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review: imitated by many, but never duplicated…

There’s a surly fellow behind the counter at Central Grocery Co., I heard. In fact, I know someone who had such a terrible experience with him that she vowed she’d never go back (and she hasn’t). Well, I didn’t get to the meet the muffuletta Nazi on my latest trip to New Orleans. Given all […]

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review: imitated by many, but never duplicated…

There’s a surly fellow behind the counter at Central Grocery Co., I heard. In fact, I know someone who had such a terrible experience with him that she vowed she’d never go back (and she hasn’t). Well, I didn’t get to the meet the muffuletta Nazi on my latest trip to New Orleans. Given all […]

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review: powder puff…

I’m not a Southerner, and I won’t claim to be an expert on Southern food. So I can’t tell you how the beignets at Café du Monde measure up to what a Southerner expects from a beignet. But if the beignets at Café du Monde are representative of the Southern ideal (and, judging by their […]

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review: powder puff…

I’m not a Southerner, and I won’t claim to be an expert on Southern food. So I can’t tell you how the beignets at Café du Monde measure up to what a Southerner expects from a beignet. But if the beignets at Café du Monde are representative of the Southern ideal (and, judging by their […]

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are you being served…

Pull up your knickers and call me Captain Peacock. I don’t know how many countless childhood hours I spent musing over the antics of the staff of Grace Brothers, a fictional department store in London and the setting of the impossibly absurd British television comedy, “Are You Being Served?” While most kids my age were […]

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are you being served…

Pull up your knickers and call me Captain Peacock. I don’t know how many countless childhood hours I spent musing over the antics of the staff of Grace Brothers, a fictional department store in London and the setting of the impossibly absurd British television comedy, “Are You Being Served?” While most kids my age were […]

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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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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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