travel: chasing authenticity…

~ I was midway through my latest trip, a multi-city, multi-country episode involving both business and pleasure, when this conversation between Francis Lam (editor at Gilt Taste) and Eddie Huang (chef and all-around funnyman) lit up my Twitter feed.  Their exchange was spurred by an article Lam had written for The New York Times, which […]

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travel: chasing authenticity…

~ I was midway through my latest trip, a multi-city, multi-country episode involving both business and pleasure, when this conversation between Francis Lam (editor at Gilt Taste) and Eddie Huang (chef and all-around funnyman) lit up my Twitter feed.  Their exchange was spurred by an article Lam had written for The New York Times, which […]

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twelve days of christmas: save the dates…

~ Last November, I helped gather six, exciting chefs in Kansas City to cook for the James Beard Foundation. One of them was Christopher Kostow, chef of the three Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood at Meadowood Napa Valley, a Relais & Châteaux property in St. Helena, California. For the past four years, The Restaurant at […]

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twelve days of christmas: save the dates…

~ Last November, I helped gather six, exciting chefs in Kansas City to cook for the James Beard Foundation. One of them was Christopher Kostow, chef of the three Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood at Meadowood Napa Valley, a Relais & Châteaux property in St. Helena, California. For the past four years, The Restaurant at […]

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kansas city: save the date…

Over the past few years, I’ve helped organize two annual fundraising dinners in Kansas City, both of which are hosted by Debbie Gold, executive chef of The American Restaurant. My involvement in these events has afforded me the privilege and honor of helping to bring some of our country’s finest chefs to Kansas City to […]

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kansas city: save the date…

Over the past few years, I’ve helped organize two annual fundraising dinners in Kansas City, both of which are hosted by Debbie Gold, executive chef of The American Restaurant. My involvement in these events has afforded me the privilege and honor of helping to bring some of our country’s finest chefs to Kansas City to […]

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travel: more dots to connect…

~ New York in May.  It’s always a feast. I’ve attended the James Beard Awards, which is held annually the first Monday of the month, for the past six years. For the past two, I’ve had the privilege of photographing the event for All-Clad Metalcrafters (a sponsor), which was the primary purpose of my latest […]

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travel: more dots to connect…

~ New York in May.  It’s always a feast. I’ve attended the James Beard Awards, which is held annually the first Monday of the month, for the past six years. For the past two, I’ve had the privilege of photographing the event for All-Clad Metalcrafters (a sponsor), which was the primary purpose of my latest […]

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travel: two score…

~ My parents are getting old. When they were young, they used to cart us kids all over the world with great ambition, covering an amazing amount of ground with diapers and carriages in tow. I don’t know how they did it. But recently, when we asked our parents where they wanted to go for […]

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travel: two score…

~ My parents are getting old. When they were young, they used to cart us kids all over the world with great ambition, covering an amazing amount of ground with diapers and carriages in tow. I don’t know how they did it. But recently, when we asked our parents where they wanted to go for […]

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rumination 23: sticks and stones…

This week, I posted a photo that caused quite a stir. While those who commented or replied agreed with the sentiment that I attached to the photo (which I posted to Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr), I realize, from the reactions it elicited, that my sentiments were slightly misleading. So, I’ll take a moment to clarify them […]

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rumination 23: sticks and stones…

This week, I posted a photo that caused quite a stir. While those who commented or replied agreed with the sentiment that I attached to the photo (which I posted to Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr), I realize, from the reactions it elicited, that my sentiments were slightly misleading. So, I’ll take a moment to clarify them […]

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travel: the final frontier…

~ Asked to draw the United States, would your map look like this? If so, listen up, this post is for you. Once the frontier to European immigrants migrating west, the stretch of mountain and meadow between our country’s coasts is, once again, the frontier. Finally, we, the middle, the easily forgotten, the hardly noticed, and […]

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travel: the final frontier…

~ Asked to draw the United States, would your map look like this? If so, listen up, this post is for you. Once the frontier to European immigrants migrating west, the stretch of mountain and meadow between our country’s coasts is, once again, the frontier. Finally, we, the middle, the easily forgotten, the hardly noticed, and […]

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review: the new colossus… (torrisi italian specialties)

– Nothing dulls my appetite more than hype. It makes me suspicious, for example, when members of the press tweet weekly (nightly?) from a restaurant’s table, raptured to the point of incoherence. I suppose the enthusiasm is endearing. But what could be that good? I take no issue with the media doting on its darlings. […]

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review: the new colossus… (torrisi italian specialties)

– Nothing dulls my appetite more than hype. It makes me suspicious, for example, when members of the press tweet weekly (nightly?) from a restaurant’s table, raptured to the point of incoherence. I suppose the enthusiasm is endearing. But what could be that good? I take no issue with the media doting on its darlings. […]

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rock the vote, again

I would really appreciate your support. After sifting through over 40,000 nominations, for the second year in a row, the editors of Saveur Magazine have chosen this blog as a finalist in the “Restaurant/Dining Coverage” category of their annual Best Food Blog Awards. I am honored. Please take a moment to vote by clicking on […]

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rock the vote, again

I would really appreciate your support. After sifting through over 40,000 nominations, for the second year in a row, the editors of Saveur Magazine have chosen this blog as a finalist in the “Restaurant/Dining Coverage” category of their annual Best Food Blog Awards. I am honored. Please take a moment to vote by clicking on […]

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review: cooks turned curators… (next elbulli)

– When I last left our hero, David Beran, he was in Belle Époque Paris rescuing Auguste Escoffier from growing obscurity. I never wrote about that meal at Next Restaurant in late May of 2011, which took my friends and me back to 1906 in a duck press. But I’ll tell you now: it was […]

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review: cooks turned curators… (next elbulli)

– When I last left our hero, David Beran, he was in Belle Époque Paris rescuing Auguste Escoffier from growing obscurity. I never wrote about that meal at Next Restaurant in late May of 2011, which took my friends and me back to 1906 in a duck press. But I’ll tell you now: it was […]

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