Oddments

Leading the Way

I’m an old hippie. And I’m proud.There, that’s my disclaimer. I’ve been mulling something over and decided to do a little poking around on the Internet. Here is what’s been bugging me: Kraft Foods was a sponsor of the IACP conference.  They sent a representative to sit on a panel that discussed sustainable, local and…

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Speed Eating

Just because the world seems like a scary place; here’s a little something to make you smile and shake your head. Visit, Sonya, The Black Widow’s website. She’s a competitive speed eater, and she gives you some insight into the warm and fuzzy world of speed eating. She holds a world record for lobster eating:…

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Mad French Scientist in the House

  The French play hard, or at least some French do. I have firsthand experience: our scuba instructor who on the first lesson just had us pitch ourselves overboard while he conducted a learn while doing lesson at a depth of 30 feet; a ski guide who was horrified that there were orange fences marking…

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Organic, Local and Kraft Cheese

Pre-dawn flight from NY; landing in Chicago; which is a foreign country to me, navigating this immense hotel, I headed to the general breakfast session of the IACP conference and straight into a conversation about the evolution of our food supply system.There are a lot of trendy words being thrown about these days, things like…

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Whoope in the morning

Thursday, April 12Honestly.  I had no idea Whoopi gets up this early. This morning, I’m in a car, at 5:00 am, going to LaGuardia airport. These are not things that I usually do. I’m on my way to Chciago for the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Conference. Whoopee has a morning radio show, on…

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Organic Conundrum

When we were skiing in Utah this February, sometimes we would stop at "Baldy’s Brew",  a little coffee bar that was mid-mountain at Alta. Aside from making some really good espresso; they had all these lovely posters up about Fair Trade and organic coffee growers.  Made you feel good about that espresso. Now, along comes…

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Interview with a Private Restauranteur

When you live near or in a metropolitan center, and you are going out to dinner with friends, you have choices. You have lots and lots of choices; and now there is a whole new category of dining options. At first, I thought it was just me: I was a little bored, a lot jaded,…

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Horsemeat

Seems that our government is at it again. There is a bill before Congress that would prohibit the slaughter and sale of horse meat. Please don’t misunderstand, I like horses and I don’t really want to eat them.  I’m guessing that most people in the U.S. don’t really want to eat them. That is, unless…

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Civilized.

Civilized. This word keeps showing up this week, and I’m wondering why. Last night, some friends were over for dinner, and they were describing their evening ritual of a sharing a martini together when they get home. L described it as a chance to unwind and share the events of the day.  And then she…

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Civilized Living

Manhattan doesn’t lend itself to civilized living; it lends itself to survival techniques. One of the things we miss most about Italy, is the very civilized aperitivo hour.  Before dinner, you stroll to a piazza and have a drink. It could be a glass of white wine, it could be a cocktail, but before you…

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