We had left Valencia behind us on route A-3 and were headed north onto the plateau of the Sierra de Tejo then on to Requena. The Opal Astra felt good. The Astra is not exactly my idea of a sport sedan, but after a couple of weeks of the metro, city buses and planes, the […]

It has been an extraordinarily busy winter (my writing season) and I haven’t finished a post since December, but I wrote this piece below as a guide to an annual dinner I offer at my restaurant. It sold out all three seatings more than a month in advance and I consider the event a huge […]

I made a tweet awhile back that said “anything that claims to be the best, isn’t,” to which a friend immediately replied “you’re the best”. I’m not much for cooking shows or magazines, but I try to stay abreast of the foodie media. A couple of years ago, I thought I’d like to subscribe to […]

Portland restaurant history as I barely recall it. Please share your memories & thoughts below. My friend from Rochester, NY wrapped up a family car-camping trip around Maine with a stay nearby and when we got together for dinner he admitted that he had to throw away a ton of food which he had brought […]

North Woods The walls of this fishing camp are filled with dust and so damp spots of wood rot, and smell of mold. It’s raining; the whiskey is almost gone; we sit and talk, and listen… The wind in these north woods divides our souls between what we wanted — ambrosia like dew, the fairy […]

“You can’t go yet.” She said as she rounded the stairs and stepped into my office. I had my fleece on and my laptop bag in hand. It had been a busy day and was past time to leave, and for one half a second I thought she might be joking. It is something I […]

My blog is not about cooking food or recipes; it’s a subjective exploration of restaurant and food culture, and characters I’ve known.  I try to avoid making it a cooking blog because there are so many great ones (see blogroll for a few).  I want to see them all well supported.  I value them.  Some […]

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