Italian Wines for Dummies

Italian wines

My father is off to see an old friend and has asked for my help in getting a couple of bottles of wine as a present for the visit. Stay within a stated budget, should be approachable now but possibly held for a couple of years, and they have to be reds from Italy. No […]

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Ms Glaze about to go medieval on lobsters

My pal Amy Glaze

My friend Amy Glaze (that’s Ms. Glaze to you) is a real culinary bada$$. She is a great chef with boundless creativity who performs exceptionally well under pressure: we’re talking about a woman who’s more than held her own on the line in some of the top restaurant kitchens and a woman who still completed a catering job after […]

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Decarie Hot Dog's hot dog

One all-dressed “steamé”

One all-dressed steamé: the quintessential Montréal steamed hot dog as served at Décarie Hot Dog. “All-dressed” means a topping of coleslaw, onions and mustard, not everything that’s available. You know you want one. Or several.   Décarie Hot Dog 953 Décarie BoulevardSaint-Laurent, QCH4L 3M3Tel : +1 (514) 748-7213

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Hot monkey love

It’s publications like these that makes science so much fun, and has me thinking that Howard Chaykin was more prescient than he intended to be with his 80s-era oeuvre American Flagg! You remember this comic book… Martian Reuben Flagg gets assigned to the Chicago Nexus Ranger station and winds up having to work with Raul, the talking cat who […]

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Tampopo - Gun gives his opinion on the noodles

Quest for noodles

Want to hear something that will give you the willies? “Eric has ordered special pies.” Okay, so special pie willies aside, this is all about the noodle. I really like noodles. I’m not talking pasta – that’s entirely different and since the demise of Pranzo’s it’s often a take it or leave it proposition for […]

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The grilled cheese sandwich

Comfort foods, as I have come to realize, are not something that I do well. I’m not talking about the foods and dishes that I grew up as I do have sensory memory associations with those and make them when I want a nice welcoming meal. It’s more along the lines of making comfort foods that […]

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Kick Me

Could today get any worse?

Well, today certainly sucked. Let’s see… Started off the day by being late to the first presentation. As in actually buzzed by senior staff to see why I wasn’t already in the meeting room late. Then I proceeded to suck for three straight iterations of the same presentation. You think I’d learn from the first slip-up, but no… […]

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Asparagus and crab soup

  What you’re looking at is a photo of an authentic asparagus and crab soup (súp măng tây cua). Okay, so the service in a martini glass and the inclusion of a coriander leaf isn’t so traditional authentic, but the underlying soup certainly is. [aside: I can confirm that the person who made it is indeed Vietnamese, though that […]

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What is the Butter Event?

butter (term) From Wikipedia: butter (bŭt’ər) is a dairy product made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk. It is generally used as a spread and a condiment, as well as in cooking applications such as baking, sauce making, and frying. Butter is an emulsion of butterfat, water and milk proteins which remains a […]

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C’est qui ton papa?

No, it’s not the sales slogan of Philadelphia-area paternity lawyers nor the mobile DNA lab in New York City. And though hilarity may ensue, not necessarily the the most appropriate informal greeting to suggest one use when meeting and greeting French-born colleagues. The site looks inactive but plenty of of stuff in the background to […]

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