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The Great Bites of America... And Whether It's Wise to be Liberal or Conservative About Them!

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 2:10 PM

In this completely wacky political season... I've chosen to write a piece that has nothing whatsoever to do with politics. But some of the terminology is on loan.

For I think it's good to discuss the great, standard bites of American food... and then discuss whether you trust 'em or...

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An American Classic: Washington, D.C.'s 'Half-Smoke'

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 11:42 AM

Half-smokes on the griddle at Ben's Chili Bowl

So there I was, attending a hockey game recently at the Verizon Centre in Washington, D.C., on a rare trip to the nation's capitol. Of course I wanted a hot dog and a beer between...

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NYC's Grand Central Oyster Bar Leads Me to an Old Flame!

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 6:08 PM

image: VIUDeepBay/Flickr Creative Commons

This past Saturday, I discovered what's at the top of my list for dinner parties this fall:
Oysters Bienville!

You may be surprised because you don't know the dish, an old, old New Orleans classic....

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Herring Is Here! (Do You Care?)

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:35 PM

The last two weeks of June are holy, holy, holy to herring-lovers world-wide; it is the annual harvest time, as designated by the Dutch authorities, of the "new herring" in Europe's North Sea. But you don't have to go to Amsterdam to enjoy these delectable swimmers (though that's never a...

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Italy's Greatest Eating City: Bologna... or Baloney?

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:49 AM

2015-05-12-1431441277-7682025-IMG_0275.jpg An artist's version of Bologna's famous medieval towers

Once upon a time, long before I travelled to Bologna--also known as Bologna the Fat--I heard that it was the greatest eating city in Italy, towering above the others. That's what serious eaters have made...

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A Little Learning Is a Dangerous Thing: Ten Common Food Misunderstandings

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 2:30 PM

Twenty-five years ago, in the U.S. of A., there was not a whole lotta knowledge about the foods of the world. Or even about the foods of the U.S.! But zoom forward, my food fighters in America, it has been an incredible quarter-century in food as so many more of...

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Steakhouse Fun: Tomato & Roquefort Bruschetta (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:29 AM


A steakhouse inspired treat to accompany your next slab o' beef--tomato and Roquefort bruschetta! See how to make this great appetizer or side below:

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Making the Perfect Lobster Roll (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:47 PM

There's not much complexity in making a lobster roll. The most complex part is the opening question: which lobster roll do you want to make? For there are actually two main varieties: the cold, mayonnaise-y one, and the hot, buttered one! Let me frame the debate for you (and show...

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The Great Seafood Treats of Late Summer, Part II: The Fish Fry

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 2:02 PM


I started a two-part series last week on the great feasts of late summer that involve fish and seafood. Oh, it's not that all fish and seafood are at their best in's just that:

1) Fisherman are active in summer,...

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The Cuisine of Abruzzo: Easy to Love, Not So Easy to Describe

(12) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:55 PM


We are living through a boom era for Italian regional cuisine, all around the world. No longer do New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong offer a plethora of merely "Italian" restaurants; today, a regional identification is a major attention-grabber. This regional focus,...

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The Agora & the Ecstasy -- Or a Trip to the Greek Market (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Whenever Greeks meet in public, a party-like atmosphere ensues! I've seen this at hundreds of open-air dining tables... and, also, at Greece's great markets. The big downtown market in Athens is among my faves: early-morning bustle reminiscent of the old Les Halles in Paris... plus coffee and eating and drinking!...

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How to Measure the Restaurant Greats (Don't Get Your Hopes Up: It's Nearly Impossible!)

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:02 AM

The incredibly clever foraging basket at Chicago's Alinea
The immortal Ferran Adrià, of El Bulli in Rosas, Spain

Whenever foodies start waxing ultimato about famous, trend-setting restaurants, I feel confused, principally because I know that said...

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Lobster Gone Wild... on Santorini! (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 4:12 PM


Last May, I had a killer pasta-with-lobster dish on my favorite island, Santorini. Today's offering gives you the spiny view... plus most of the rest of the meal as well!

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The Holy Rock Star of Italian Cured Ham Is Hosting "Pilgrims" at His Magical Retreat

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:17 PM


If you love violins, Stradivarius is obviously your go-to guy. If you're a worshipper of frescoes, Giotto is probably your man. Unfortunately, neither man is with us any longer. But if you can find art in artisanal Italian cured pork -- that otherworldly...

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The Key to Opening Clams and Oysters (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:53 PM


It ain't hard if you know what you're doin'! It starts with two different knives, and concludes with two different motions. Master these multiple mollusk moves, and your dinner parties will change forever... ain't nothin' like opening a few dozen clams and oysters...

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It's Corned Beef Time, But Don't Forget the Pastrami!

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Corned beef on the left, pastrami on the right at Carnegie Deli in New York City

Sure, St. Patty's Day is right around the corner. Funny, isn't it, how the meat case at your supermarket fills up with corned beef...

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Video: How to Laarb One Over the Plate (or Make Thai Salad)

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 8:56 AM

One of my favorite dishes in the whole Thai canon is also one of the simplest: laarb -- a chopped meat salad with various Thai seasonings. This video details how to...

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A New Spin on Spain's Most Traditional Tapas Dish: Spanish Tortilla

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:37 PM

The Spanish tortilla

If you've tapas-barred your way through Spain, surely you've noticed the most recurring tapas item: what the Spaniards call "tortilla." It is almost certainly at every tapas bar in Spain, sitting high, proud, and room temperature on the counter.

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Proust & Me... The Tuna Salad Sandwich

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 2:31 PM


Somehow a tuna salad sandwich hardly seems to compare in Proustian terms with that warm, vanilla-scented madeleine... and yet... when I want to be transported back to the halcyon days of my youth, a no-frills tuna salad sandwich transports me there lickety-split....

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Greek Wine... Pine & Vine? (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 4:06 PM

I always recoil from knee-jerk Retsina-hating!!! Sure, if it's bad Retsina... but good Retsina is absolutely delicious with Greek food! To me, it's even an essential ingredient that makes a Greek meal taste Greek!...

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