Recalibrate Your Palate Article

The headline for this article in USA Today reads With wine, let your palate recalibrate your budget. That would seem to be sound advice, and in general this article is chock full of sound advice. Here is some more: The days are gone (if they ever existed) when one could blithely throw some extra money at an unfamiliar bottle in the hopes that it would bring exceptional rewards. Researching a wine beforehand is more important […]

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In Defense of Head Cheese

I don’t know if there are many foods more maligned than head cheese. Yes, the name sounds nasty, and it does look a bit strange, but really, it is nothing more than meat and gelatin. How nasty could that be? It certainly is less “nasty” than bologna or hot dogs, if you really stop to think about. Traditionally, head cheese was made by removing any organs from a cleaned animal head, usually a calf or […]

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Okay, lunch isn’t so bad…

Despite yesterday’s rant about how much I hate lunch, sometimes it is actually the highlight of my day. Last Friday was one such lunch. A new Chinese bistro has opened in the neighborhood called 888, and the date was 08/08/08, and the Olympics were opening that day in China, so naturally a large group of folks from work, many of them either from China or of Chinese descent, went out for a feast. I was […]

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Why I hate going to lunch.

One of the banes of my existence is lunch. Not that I dislike eating it, but I tend to use my lunch break to go to the gym and then eat something (usually) healthy at my desk afterwards. It isn’t just having my routine interrupted that bothers me, though. Nor is it only that my calorie intake will be seriously screwed for the day, although that is part of it. Typically when I get asked […]

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Delicious Egg Dish

This recipe is a favorite in my house, even with my egg hating wife. As usual, feel free to substitute ingredients and make this your own recipe. Serrano ham or Canadian bacon would be great instead the pancetta this version calls for. Start by cutting some fairly thick slices of crusty bread. Brush with olive oil. I usually use a garlic infused oil, as I tend to always have some chopped garlic soaking in olive […]

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New Wine Discussion Forums

Our friend Mark over at Must Love Wine has added wine discussion forums to his site, and they are off to a good start. Most wine forums are dominated by folks who seem more eager to show off the 98 point wine they scored than to help a novice wine drinker or have actual conversations. So far that pitfall is being avoided at Must Love Wine. The forums just launched a couple of days ago, […]

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Hurricane Edouard is heading for my front door

According to the National Weather Service’s path projection, I can expect Hurricane Edouard to make a bee line to my front door around 6 or 7 a.m. tomorrow morning. This will be my first time riding one out. We tucked our tails between our legs and ran during Rita, and I was at the beach surfing on Katrina’s waves as it passed us by. It is kind of scary and sort of exciting waiting for […]

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Bottle Shock

I am REALLY looking forward to seeing this movie. The famous ‘Judgment of Paris’ tasting is a fascinating story, and Bottle Shock has a great cast to tell the tale. Here is an interview with the amazing Alan Rickman discussing the movie, the events that inspired it, and the process of making the film. Bottle Shock opens in limited release on Wednesday, August 6th.

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