And All That Jazz

2014.Jul.06 Sunday

We’ve been on to three days in Chicago – the botanic gardens, fireworks, and the architecture boat tour, and of course visiting with family were the highlights. Some of you probably have seen posts and tweets and such about Anthony Bourdain’s recent criticism of folk who take photos of their food and share them on […]

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Miami ‘eat

2014.Jul.04 Friday

It’s not all about food. We did a bit of wandering, a lot of shopping, and took one day on one of the hop-on hop-off buses to get an overview feel for Miami Beach and City. For those who don’t (which I didn’t), Miami Beach is pretty much a separate city, on an island to […]

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The Bazaar… Bizarre?

2014.Jul.02 Wednesday

While our first day in Miami started off with a bit of wandering and a whole lot of shopping, some casual food (more later, perhaps), the heavens opened up in late afternoon turning the streets into flood zones and pelting anyone who ventured outside with massive amounts of water. There was talk of a sort […]

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Meat and Milk

2014.Jun.29 Sunday

“Do not seethe (boil) a kid in its mother’s milk.” Oh, the conundrums that this passage from the Torah has created. I’m no scholar of the subject, though I certainly studied a fair amount of it growing up. At its heart, this is one of the three kosher laws (the other being the prohibitions against […]

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New Sandboxes

2014.Jun.27 Friday

“It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.” – Eric Hoffer, philosophical writer Initially I was going to call this “New Kids on the Block”, but then I realized that the kids aren’t […]

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Coloring Outside the Lines

2014.Jun.24 Tuesday

Following last week’s little whinge on the artistry of plates, it seems that the internet responded with a little counter-slap. First, The Guardian presents the results of an Oxford study that shows that not only do people like their plates to look pretty, but subjectively, they’re perfectly willing to pay more for artistically arranged plates, […]

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The Ramen Bowl

2014.Jun.21 Saturday

Throw out everything you know about making pasta. That was pretty much the advice given to me when I started looking into making my own ramen noodles. And, it’s more or less true. In fact, as I was making these favorite slurpable noodles, all I kept thinking was, this is all wrong, it’s never going […]

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Roundup of Bites

2014.Jun.18 Wednesday

It’s time once again to play that game, Roundup of Bites. Not that we have that game, but hey, let’s make everything a game. Speaking of which, a couple of people asked about what happened to our new online TopMasterChoppedIronChef series (seriously, one of you has to give me a better name for that, and […]

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Trout Peanut Mushroom Garlic Passionfruit

2014.Jun.17 Tuesday

Although we’ve stopped posting just key flavors as a menu preview and gone back to actually listing the planned dishes (still subject to last minute alterations for any of a variety of reasons), there still is at least a key flavor behind each dish. Sometimes more than one, but usually something that is the star. […]

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