You may have seen that Tom Sietsema, the longtime Washington Post food critic, recently decided to permanently end the awarding of stars. His column explaining his decision made a powerful case, just not the one he was trying to make. He didn’t convince me that he did the right thing by dropping ratings from his reviews; he convinced me ...READ MORE »
This is the week I got my groove back. Thamee and Taqueria Xochi reminded me how much I love searching for that perfect bite and the absolute thrill of sometimes finding it. Suddenly I was Anthony Bourdain again, intrepidly connecting with people and cultures through food, as opposed to what it’s felt like these past eighteen months: Andy Dufresne down ...READ MORE »
The New York Times is trying to kill me. I don’t know what I did, but obviously it was something that hurt them a lot. Because their new list of the 50 top US restaurants hit me like a Tyson Fury right hook. Despite a lifetime obsession with finding the best places to eat, it turns out I’ve been ...READ MORE »
If you want to see a foodie’s head explode, tell them they have one day to spend in a great food town they rarely visit.
I should know. My daughter Maya and I were plotting the last leg of our road trip from Denver to DC when she asked if we could stop for a day in Chicago to get a ...READ MORE »
I know there are four months to go, but I’m calling it. This will be my best week of eating in 2021. How do I know? Because this was the week my daughter Maya and I drove from Denver to DC with stops in Minnesota (where I was born and raised) and Chicago (where I spent much of my twenties). ...READ MORE »
Pro-tip: eating at home is not the same as eating in peace
An early and short post this week because I’m off on a cross-country road trip that will take me to some of my favorite food destinations. Will report back by Labor Day. In the meantime, stay safe and cool, and for any unvaccinated adults still out there, please heed ...READ MORE »
Late Summer BLT (homemade, but if you stop by I’ll make you one)
It’s late August and that means it’s time for those familiar signs of summer’s end: good tomatoes, county fairs, and outraged Facebook posts about the earliness of the Halloween candy display at Giant. This year some of the Facebook replies will note how early Rosh Hashanah is — ...READ MORE »
Yep, six months off and I’m back already. When I adopted “the best things I ate this week” format I probably should have thought that one through. But posting every other week doesn’t really work. I don’t think anyone — at least anyone outside of Colonial Williamsburg — would be interested in a blog called “the best things I ate ...READ MORE »
Um…hey…how’ve you been? Great to see you again. I think it was last February, if you can believe it. Yeah, time does fly during lockdown. Or does it stand still. Either way, it’s been a while.
I wanted to let you know that I’m back and posting regularly again. Thanks for sticking with me, or at least forgetting to unsubscribe. I’ll ...READ MORE »
(Published August 11, 2020)
Everyone’s rightly excited that Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and first Asian-American on a national ticket. But she’s also the first foodie. While we’ve had national office seekers who enjoy eating — President Taft and pre-vegan Bill Clinton come to mind — none of them had the kind of relationship to food that Harris does. ...READ MORE »