December 14, 2009

Marketing and Menu Design

There are things you know, and then there are columns that actually put those thoughts into words. And a nice example, too. I quite like Balthazar (no doubt not a surprise if you know me). And hey it's conveniently located...
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August 25, 2009

The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 23,506

I heard a local radio station advertising "a special martini night" at one of the local student bars. How special? "Tequila Sunrise-Banana Cream Martinis" were on special. I don't know what that is, but it isn't a martini. Whoever invented...
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July 07, 2009

The first time

I'm not a huge sushi eater, at least not to Jeremy Piven standards, but I've had my share over the years. Tonight, at a local place, for the first time ever, I got a bone in a piece of sushi....
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March 21, 2009

National CornDog Day (updated)

Are you ready to try for a triple double? UPDATE: Getting some press coverage and food blogging. I have to say I retired from the field after two dogs, six tots, and half a PBR. However I did come away...
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March 15, 2009

Pepsi Natural

Tastes like my youth. The smell is the most striking, and takes me back to hot summer days in Florida, with the fizzies tickling my nose. It's quite fizzy, and takes a while for the head to go down. The...
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February 23, 2009

Calorie Counts on WV Chain Restaurant Menus

Other states have done this, and I think it would be a good thing in our state - especially given the health of its citizens, and the costs of their ill health....
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February 04, 2009

An Ad for High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

I saw such a thing this morning - a boy extolling its virtues and nutritional value. I'm for tv stations running ads for most anything. But the producers of such an ad ... yikes....
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January 06, 2009

It's the 6th

I need a king cake....
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November 22, 2008

Roasted Potatoes at Convivio

Nick Paumgarten ended this week's "Tables for Two" (in the new Food issue of The New Yorker) with this delicious description: The popular side dish of roasted potatoes is like a daydream about donuts, with Pecorino shavings in place of...
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September 01, 2008

Restricting the Free Market

Via Kevin Drum, I see that the Bush Administration has won it's legal battle to prevent a private cattle producer from testing 100% of their cows for mad cow disease (short blurb). The company wanted to certify their beef as...
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August 17, 2008

Eighty One (The Tables for Two Review)

Every so often I get hungry when I am reading The New Yorker. This is one of those times....
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July 14, 2008


Today I tried an experiment: cooking bananada. It's a Brazilian sweet that is made from bananas and sugar, cooked until they are an opaque dark brown. I have only ever bought it on the side of the road, but I...
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April 22, 2008

Having a Bad Day?

Chili chocolate gelato made me feel a lot better - maybe it'd work for you too....
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April 03, 2008

San Francisco Eating Recommendations

So, every place I ate in San Francisco last week was delicious. Honestly, every place. And how do they make such wonderful bread out there? Anyway, I thought I'd just briefly note two places, in case any readers will be...
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March 25, 2008

No More Boudin Noir

Via Modern Fabulousity I see that Florent is going out with style - a five-week going away bash, with each week themed around one of the stages of grieving. I'll miss it. It was a fun, and wonderfully convenient, place....
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January 27, 2008

The End of Bananas?

Say it ain't so!...
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January 13, 2008

The Works Bakery Cafe: Concord

There's one more quick post about the trip to New Hampshire that I keep forgetting to write. So here it is. I liked a lot of the places I went to in Nashua, Manchester and Concord. But there was one...
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December 16, 2007


I tried a new single malt Scotch tonight that I highly recommend - the 15 year old Balvenie. That is really tasty. It's both a great treat and a good way to warm up on a snowy night....
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November 03, 2007

I am stronger than my cat.

My damn cat stole a raw steak off a plate (next to the stove) last night. I first knew something was amiss when I saw him streaking by me (head down from the weight of the steak). I start yelling...
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August 08, 2007

Do you like it raw?

The NYT has a story about an underground food rage available to the persistent, the stealthy and the affluent: raw milk. I think I have more reservations about the widespread availability of it than Bean does (especially given current levels...
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June 10, 2007

Tempura Kinkajou with a Byzantine Stew

"Froo froo" (which is neither of the two options I would have chosen, "frou frou" or "foo foo") menu generator. Jacflash, of course, I thought of the time we ate at Daniel and the very French waiter asked if your...
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March 17, 2007

National Corn Dog Day

Today is national Corn Dog Day, and the three of us just celebrated it by scarfing corndogs, tater tots, and beer, at a party hosted by AWDog (note that there are 114 sites in 31 states, the District of Columbia,...
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February 19, 2007

When Politics Censors Science

Your kids get lead in their lunch....
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January 06, 2007

It's a Good Day to Be In Louisiana

Why? Because it's Epiphany. And what's so important about that? It's the start of king cake season....
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November 04, 2006

Should we be repelled...

... or helpessly attracted?...
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October 06, 2006

Yum - Anise Almond Biscotti and Liquid Eggplant

Uh, no - I don't mean together. But hey, in the last 24 hours I've discovered two tasty treats in Morgantown. The anise almond biscotti at The Blue Moose Cafe, and the eggplant soup at Mercury. OK, maybe neither one...
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July 02, 2006


I spent Friday night in Philadelphia and had a surprisingly good time. The area downtown around Market St. is great for going out, drinking, people watching, etc. And there are several good places to eat and fun places to spend...
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May 15, 2006

Oh, so it's Georgia who claims to have standards

"University of Georgia President Michael Adams objects to the phrase "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" to describe the annual Georgia-Florida football game. And he has asked CBS Television and the city of Jacksonville, Fla., to not use the phrase when...
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April 06, 2006

A "Cupcake Sweatshop"

In the middle of a stroll in Manhattan, trying to find the best cupcake on the island, StinyLulu made this classic observation about the staff at Magnolia Bakery:What's sad is that the insanity shows on the faces of the staff....
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February 10, 2006

Corby Kummer on New Orleans Restaurants

If you care about New Orleans, its restaurants and its food (and its Sazeracs!) you'll likely be interested in this article in the March issue of The Atlantic. So go buy it on a newstand now. It's a tale of...
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November 01, 2005

Congress Pisses Me Off, Again: Part 2325

Via todays New York Times, we discover that "organic" no longer means, well, "organic": But last week, Senate and House Republicans on the Agriculture appropriations subcommittee inserted a last-minute provision into the department's fiscal 2006 budget specifying that certain artificial...
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October 30, 2005

A Mad Rush on Pricey Fish Eggs

Gabriel has this very amusing post on the recent ban on the importation of Beluga caviar....
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September 28, 2005


Just say "no." Unless you like rat bits in your drink....
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