Plat du Jour: Tuesday April 16, 2013: How Do You Like Your Espresso & Major League Diets

On this spring Tuesday afternoon, we’ll give you an espresso jolt with this excellent and very thorough comparison of “Third Wave” espresso with the classic Italian espresso, courtesy of Erin Meister at Serious Eats. Yours truly is a classic “Third Wave” coffee drinker, consuming one of these types of espressos each afternoon (or many moreContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Tuesday April 16, 2013: How Do You Like Your Espresso & Major League Diets”

“Beer” of the Week: White Chocolate Ale, Sonoran Brewing, Scottsdale, AZ

It’s not uncommon for a porter or a stout to present very noticeable chocolate notes. In fact, those two brew genres more often than not have the same repetitive duo in taste profiles: cacao and coffee. Yes, expert food and drink writers such as yours truly who can discern the most hidden of flavors, oftenContinue reading ““Beer” of the Week: White Chocolate Ale, Sonoran Brewing, Scottsdale, AZ”

What’s in a Name? That Which We Call a Restaurant?

Shakespeare and restaurants? Wherefore art thou going for dinner Romeo? Usually when we consider Shakespeare and dining, we think of going to the corner pub for a pint of bitter hard cider, or Falstaffian feasts, as in, “To finish a dish at Montreal’s Au Pied de Cochon, you must have a Falstaffian appetite.” I’m noContinue reading “What’s in a Name? That Which We Call a Restaurant?”

Plat du Jour Monday April 8, 2013: Remembering Two Icons, MLB Dining, and Louisville vs Ann Arbor, In Basketball and Dining

Happy NCAA Basketball National Championship Monday, always one of the most “un-Monday feeling” Mondays of the year. Hopefully tomorrow doesn’t deliver a delayed case of the Mondays. In just a few moments, the Louisville Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines will tip-off the Championship Game from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. With the 2013 baseball seasonContinue reading “Plat du Jour Monday April 8, 2013: Remembering Two Icons, MLB Dining, and Louisville vs Ann Arbor, In Basketball and Dining”

Cocktail of the Week: Beet Yuzu Gimlet at Crudo, Phoenix, AZ

Is there anything more virtuous sounding than beet juice? Just think of the ills of the world that could be solved by drinking beet juice. So many nutrients could be acquired to brighten up so many days by pressing the violet juice out of those ugly, gnarly root vegetables. It seems like you could goContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: Beet Yuzu Gimlet at Crudo, Phoenix, AZ”

For Your Weekend: Congratulations Scripps College Olive Oil and the Beltre Burger

It’s first weekend of April and the first weekend of the baseball season (Let’s Go Red Sox, Let’s Go Giants!). Here are a pair of amusing notes from the food world to chew on while watching the Final Four or getting your garden ready for the warmer weather. A very big congratulations go out toContinue reading “For Your Weekend: Congratulations Scripps College Olive Oil and the Beltre Burger”

Plat du Jour Friday April 5, 2013: Would You Like To Make A Reservation For Your Reservation?

A few weeks have passed since the restaurant world’s hot button issue du jour revolved around the supposed “tyranny” of tasting menus, where the writer Corby Kummer accused chefs in the February Vanity Fair of killing the liberty in the ¡a la carte restaurant experience. It was an intriguing accusation and one many diners understood.Continue reading “Plat du Jour Friday April 5, 2013: Would You Like To Make A Reservation For Your Reservation?”

Tasting Notes: Drakes Brewing, San Leandro, CA

Despite living in the San Francisco Bay Area nearly all my life, I had never been to the town of San Leandro before this recent craft beer tasting excursion. I had heard of San Leandro. It was always one of the exits along Highway 880 when I would be en route to or from anContinue reading “Tasting Notes: Drakes Brewing, San Leandro, CA”

Greetings from…San Diego!

San Diego often plays the calmer supporting role to its flashy marquee headliner big brother Los Angeles an hour to the north. San Diego sprawls– but it doesn’t sprawl to the extent of the San Gabriel Valley. San Diego has professional sports– but the Padres and Chargers have never been the Dodgers and Lakers. SanContinue reading “Greetings from…San Diego!”