favorites of 2020: the restaurant edition…

There were no days of Christmas at The Restaurant at Meadowood, which tragically burned in the Napa Glass Fire in October; no late night oyster roasts at Palmetto Bluff in November. Both had been annual fixtures on my calendar for a decade. Gavin Kaysen’s long-awaited revival of the Synergy Series at Spoon & Stable in […]

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favorites of 2020: the restaurant edition…

There were no days of Christmas at The Restaurant at Meadowood, which tragically burned in the Napa Glass Fire in October; no late night oyster roasts at Palmetto Bluff in November. Both had been annual fixtures on my calendar for a decade. Gavin Kaysen’s long-awaited revival of the Synergy Series at Spoon & Stable in […]

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the “mull”…

See Bertrand Russell for an interesting dissection of word usage… referring to Will Baude’s use of the word “mull” in conjunction with time: as in “to mull time…” I commented: “sure, i think one can “mull” time -in fact i find the usage lovely… especially with within the ‘(con)text’ of mr. baude’s temporary misadventure… can’t […]

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the “mull”…

See Bertrand Russell for an interesting dissection of word usage… referring to Will Baude’s use of the word “mull” in conjunction with time: as in “to mull time…” I commented: “sure, i think one can “mull” time -in fact i find the usage lovely… especially with within the ‘(con)text’ of mr. baude’s temporary misadventure… can’t […]

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chocoholic…

I’ve only met three people in my life who don’t like chocolate. I don’t understand. I really, really, really don’t understand… I see them as tragically flawed creatures. Are they real? What must it be like? Terribly miserable state, I’m sure. I’m convinced that if these people really gave chocolate a chance, they’d change their […]

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chocoholic…

I’ve only met three people in my life who don’t like chocolate. I don’t understand. I really, really, really don’t understand… I see them as tragically flawed creatures. Are they real? What must it be like? Terribly miserable state, I’m sure. I’m convinced that if these people really gave chocolate a chance, they’d change their […]

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a sad, sad, day…

Two news items has made me very distraught: 1). The stage has lost one of its best friends: Arthur Miller, playwright of Death of a Salesman passed away. 2). The British throne has seen some scandals and many anni horribili in its day… but this one is an all-time low… Prince Charles has announced his […]

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a sad, sad, day…

Two news items has made me very distraught: 1). The stage has lost one of its best friends: Arthur Miller, playwright of Death of a Salesman passed away. 2). The British throne has seen some scandals and many anni horribili in its day… but this one is an all-time low… Prince Charles has announced his […]

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roughage and cereal…

You know, fiber. Everybody needs it and few are getting enough of it according to nutritionists around the world. In this New York Times article, Marian Burros reports on the exciting addition of whole grains to General Mills’s breakfast cereals. Wow. Should I be impressed? Whole wheat, and more importantly, fiber, is apparently in short […]

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roughage and cereal…

You know, fiber. Everybody needs it and few are getting enough of it according to nutritionists around the world. In this New York Times article, Marian Burros reports on the exciting addition of whole grains to General Mills’s breakfast cereals. Wow. Should I be impressed? Whole wheat, and more importantly, fiber, is apparently in short […]

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review: what to do in michigan…

A comment was left on one of my previous posts… and it went something like this: “Anonymous said… if you’re a Michigan student, what do you do for food?” Well, if I indeed am a Michigan student, I would beg, because unless you like beer or pizza, there’s not much quality eats in the Ann […]

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review: what to do in michigan…

A comment was left on one of my previous posts… and it went something like this: “Anonymous said… if you’re a Michigan student, what do you do for food?” Well, if I indeed am a Michigan student, I would beg, because unless you like beer or pizza, there’s not much quality eats in the Ann […]

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more “universal foods”…

Continuing with the food discussion that Heidi Bond started on her blog, Letters of Marque, about “universal” foods, I have thought of three more items to add to the list: 1). ginger 2). rice 3). chile peppers (for those who like heat) – of course moderation (or not) is key…

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more “universal foods”…

Continuing with the food discussion that Heidi Bond started on her blog, Letters of Marque, about “universal” foods, I have thought of three more items to add to the list: 1). ginger 2). rice 3). chile peppers (for those who like heat) – of course moderation (or not) is key…

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take the great challenge…

My friend over at the Letters of Marque has just sparked an entertaining food discussion… She writes: “The Ulterior Epicure has a lovely post up about food and food experimentation. This fits with what I’ve been thinking recently. There are some perfect foods. Oh, not perfect as in “every instance is perfect” and not perfect […]

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take the great challenge…

My friend over at the Letters of Marque has just sparked an entertaining food discussion… She writes: “The Ulterior Epicure has a lovely post up about food and food experimentation. This fits with what I’ve been thinking recently. There are some perfect foods. Oh, not perfect as in “every instance is perfect” and not perfect […]

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epoisses…

Oh, i could sing it’s praises. Yesterday, I went to a local specialty food vendor and was delighted to see some genuine Pouligny and Epoisses cheeses in the case. Both were fine specimens and a point (of age). Since Epoisses is supposed to be a fresh milk cheese (ie. made from non-pasteurized milk) that is […]

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epoisses…

Oh, i could sing it’s praises. Yesterday, I went to a local specialty food vendor and was delighted to see some genuine Pouligny and Epoisses cheeses in the case. Both were fine specimens and a point (of age). Since Epoisses is supposed to be a fresh milk cheese (ie. made from non-pasteurized milk) that is […]

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do play with your food… part ii

… Continuing my previous dialogue about playing with one’s food… For me, I think it all boils down to one essential thing: there’s a lot to be said for natural texture. I don’t know about you – but there’s a reason why stale starches are often likened to cardboard, why bad apples are called “mealy” […]

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do play with your food… part ii

… Continuing my previous dialogue about playing with one’s food… For me, I think it all boils down to one essential thing: there’s a lot to be said for natural texture. I don’t know about you – but there’s a reason why stale starches are often likened to cardboard, why bad apples are called “mealy” […]

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do play with your food…

Okay… so I’m a fan of playing with your food – at least have fun with it. Eating, in my opinion, is not supposed to be a regimented exercise. It’s supposed to fulfill something more than just hunger… it should be an adventure. But, I’m not sure how I feel about the sensationalist “high tech” […]

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do play with your food…

Okay… so I’m a fan of playing with your food – at least have fun with it. Eating, in my opinion, is not supposed to be a regimented exercise. It’s supposed to fulfill something more than just hunger… it should be an adventure. But, I’m not sure how I feel about the sensationalist “high tech” […]

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