by Jon Alexis
Let me ask you a seemingly simple question: Why do we follow the rules? They tell us it’s a trade off. We give up the freedom to drive wherever we want at any speed. We gain the security of knowing that a car won’t plow into us at an intersection.
But what happens when following the rules offers no such safety? What happens when we do as we’re told, but we don’t get the safety we’re promised?
That, my friends, is the time for revolution. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
What might possibly be the Chinese version of tapas, dim sum is more than just a meal. It is a gathering and a ritual. Dim sum is as casual as it is formal.
For the uninitiated, dim sum is an assortment of steamed vegetables and dumplings, roasted meats, soups, noodle rolls, baked goods and tarts. Actually so much more hopefully. All the food items are presented in groups of threes in tiny steamer baskets made of bamboo or steel and hand selected based on the groups desires and shared communally with plenty of hot tea and lively conversation. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We love our tapas, and probably a bit disappointed that the term is becoming a bit diluted with the use for anything small. Small plates does not equal tapas. Tapas are these marvelous plated dishes from Spain and basically snacks and appetizers. Since dinner can be served as late as midnight in this country, you might find yourself bar hopping and sampling a few items from probably a dozen different tapas the bar has on hand that evening.
Most likely you will be served several styles of olives, breads, a bit of slow cooked beef, battered squid, sausages or a tortilla de patatas . Actually the more you drink the better the tapas become. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
I have these lovely country loving Amish friends who when you see them will regale you with pie. These are by far the best pie bakers in the pie loving universe, and they do their magic without the means of a modern kitchen. It is a loving relationship that began with a slice of raisin cream pie. This is how all relationships should begin.
Today is National Pie Day, and I believe this springs up several times each year. No matter, it is a wonderful time to grab a slice or two around town, and of course, we have a list.
by Nicholas Bostick
No one knows exactly where the pretzel came from. Some reports claim an Italian monk first baked the salty treats around 610 AD. They were called ‘pretiola’ or “little rewards” and given to good little boys and girls who learned their prayers; others say the pretzel originates from monks in southern France. One thing that is clear about pretzels
You always see the latest dishes from the pros now let’s see yours! Show us what’s being served at the table closest to home.
This in from Katherine… “I can’t claim to have made this “perfectly composed” salad. But, I certainly did enjoy it. The artistry belongs to Eden on Lover’s Lane. Thought you might enjoy it though. Inquiring minds might want to know that it is a watermelon radish. I have been searching for the seeds since lunch.”
Salad by Eden gleefully consumed by Katherine McCarthy
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