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Alinea: The Beginning of Something New

Jul 28

Last week Jeff and I visited Alinea restaurant in Chicago for our 15th anniversary. It had been a bucket list item for a while and we figured this was just the opportunity to drop $500 on dinner that we needed. The restaurant, which was conceived of by acclaimed chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, is […]

A Very Big Night

Jul 4

For any of you who who love food and have not yet seen the movie “Big Night” starring Tony Shaloub and Stanley Tucci, you are doing yourselves a great disservice. This is probably one of the foodie movies with the most cult like following. The food depicted in the movie is down right foodgasmic. Food […]

Paprika: Not Just A Garnish For Deviled Eggs

Jun 25

I use a LOT of paprika in my cooking. I am Hungarian and grew up with a grandmother who cooked classic Hungarian fare so that may have something to do with it. It always surprises my cooking class students that paprika has a flavor because they are accustomed to the brown stuff in the Schilling […]

Are Restaurants a Thing of the Past?

Jun 18

Yesterday I read an article about France threatening to remove the title “restaurant” from any food establishment that does not actually cook their food on the premesise. The rise of fast food joints and places that are serving pre-packaged food that has been reheated is what has led to this motion in France. Of course […]

Frustrated Vegetable Lover

May 8

Dear Restaurants,  I have a serious beef with many of you. It seems as though you are ignoring the salad course. You treat it like an after thought rather than an important component of your menu. You skimp on ingredients and try to plate it as cheaply and unimaginatively as possible.  First of all, iceberg […]

Women Chefs: Inequality in the Kitchen

Apr 9

Much as been made about women’s equality of late, including equal pay for equal work. In a society that has supposedly made great strides in gender equality, there remains a lot of work to be done in truly insuring said equality. One of the areas that seems to be highly reflective of this gender inequality […]

Not All Caprese Salads Are The Same

Mar 19

I just returned from a week long trip to Vegas and while there I noticed a trend. Just about every restaurant I went to served a version of a Mozzarella Caprese salad from the more casual spots to higher end places like Valentino’s and Gallagher’s. My friend and I are caprese junkies so we decided […]

Internal Culinary Conflict

Jan 29

I have a confession to make. I am internally conflicted. Not a conflict of character or some moral dilemma, although there are aspects of that to my confliction. My conflict resides in an obsessive fascination with molecular gastronomy while simultaneously disdaining it. I read articles and watch videos about Grant Achatz and Ferran Adria in […]

Tyranny Or Just a New Business Model?

Jan 12

When Jeff and I lived in Las Vegas, one of our favorite forms of entertainment on a night off was to go to a high end restaurant, ask for the chef’s taster menu and not even look at the menu. We’d spend hours there, enjoying whatever it was they put in front of us, experiencing […]

Thinking of Becoming an Innkeeper?

Nov 30

Here is some food for thought, in this case, no pun intended. First ask yourself why you want to be an innkeeper. If you think it would be fun, it is. If you think it’ll be an easy retirement job that will make some extra money? Think again. Innkeeping is not only a full time […]