Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs 2013

Congratulations to this year’s Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chefs class announced this morning. You’ve heard of some of the names from television and some of the names probably from the numerous “rising star” lists and awards handed out each month. You’ve also probably never heard of some of these incredible young chefs. KnownContinue reading “Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs 2013”

Mexico City Bites: Tacos al Pastor at El Huequito

During my food writing days in Los Angeles, I spent many nights driving from taco truck to taco shack to taco truck, across East L.A., near Downtown, and all over Mid-City, sampling often very common renditions of street tacos. Sometimes a lengua taco would stand out, other times it might be a cabeza specialist, orContinue reading “Mexico City Bites: Tacos al Pastor at El Huequito”

The New Café: Where Biking and Jogging Meets Coffee

Not long ago, a coffeehouse was, well, just a coffeehouse. Think “Central Perk” from “Friends.” Think about the coffeehouses that dot university towns, with stressed out students sprawled out on couches and fliers covering every inch of the walls. A coffeehouse was a meeting place and a place for reading. As time went by withContinue reading “The New Café: Where Biking and Jogging Meets Coffee”

Mexico City Bites: Churreria El Moro

Churros and chocolate deserve more publicity. They don’t necessarily compliment each other, like say peanut butter and chocolate or red wine and chocolate, because you are combining sugar with more sugar when the churro is dunked into the hot chocolate cup. That’s why in Spain the churro comes usually without sugar. Mexico seems divided betweenContinue reading “Mexico City Bites: Churreria El Moro”

Plat du Jour, Wednesday February 27, 2013: Thoughts on the 2013 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

Lots of news happened the past few weeks (what meteor?) while your faithful writer was on assignment outside of the country (it is amazing how liberating and efficient each day is when traveling without a phone or computer!). For the purposes of this food and drink savvy audience, of course the big news was lastContinue reading “Plat du Jour, Wednesday February 27, 2013: Thoughts on the 2013 James Beard Awards Semifinalists”

Keeping Portland’s Food Unique (And Sometimes Weird)

Which is the “weirder” city between Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas, the two well-known cities that pride themselves on mottos preaching “Keep Portland (or Austin) Weird.”? That’s hard to say. They’re both truly unique cities in their own (sometimes weird) ways. Which city has “weirder” food?  Again, spend some time at Portland’s food carts orContinue reading “Keeping Portland’s Food Unique (And Sometimes Weird)”

More Espresso In Portland…Where It Appears To Rain Coffee

It’s not a little known fact that Portland boasts quite the coffee culture. Think about coffee and you imagine  several cities synonymous with either rain or café culture: Vienna, Rome, Buenos Aires, Seattle to name a few. But, who in the world has 30 coffee roasters within one city? 30. Not a dozen, which evenContinue reading “More Espresso In Portland…Where It Appears To Rain Coffee”

The Super Crab Bowl: Baltimore and San Francisco Politicians’ Super Bowl Wagers

There is a lot at stake in tomorrow’s Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Obviously, the most important match-up is the one on the field between the Baltimore Ravens and your five time Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers. Then there is the HarBowl element of the Super Bowl, with theContinue reading “The Super Crab Bowl: Baltimore and San Francisco Politicians’ Super Bowl Wagers”

Plat du Jour Friday February 1, 2013: Taste of the NFL, What is Confit?, Sri Lankan Cuisine on Staten Island, A Few Oregon Pinot Noir Notes, and Super Bowl Reservations

It’s the eve of Super Bowl Eve in New Orleans. Do you think a few people just might be strolling down Bourbon Street right now? Care to take a guess how long the wait at the bar for a cocktail is presently at Cure? My guess is a good hour to 90 minutes. The dinnerContinue reading “Plat du Jour Friday February 1, 2013: Taste of the NFL, What is Confit?, Sri Lankan Cuisine on Staten Island, A Few Oregon Pinot Noir Notes, and Super Bowl Reservations”