The No-Restaurant Vacation

Back in the day – that is, before we had kids – we took our vacation eats very seriously. We’d start booking tables within minutes of reserving our flights. We’d procure a copy of a magical thing called “The Zagat Guide,” and we’d begin plotting our sight-seeing itinerary around the places that served the most authentic migas/coffee/minestrone/cassoulet/lobster rolls/etc. From a… Read more »

So this is fun: I’ve teamed up with Mouth (the Brooklyn-based website that sells indie, artisanal, small-batch, boutiquey, all-around-supercool food and booze) to create a dream bag of Mother’s Day treats. Those of you who know me won’t be surprised to find a sweet-n-smoky mole, some rich man’s Nutella, a cold-brew coffee kit invented by one of Andy’s old GQ coworkers,… Read more »

Friday Round-up

This week’s Consumption Report: Truth: A roll of cellophane and a batch of paper loaf pans make even the most humble of baked gifts feel legit.  (Shown above, two loaves of never-fail banana bread made for weekend hosts; labels by Abby.) We’ll be first in line for this one come summer 2015. Simple Rules for Healthy Eating (Can you guess which one is my… Read more »

“Sadness and good food are incompatible. The old sages knew that wine lets the tongue loose, but one can grow melancholy with even the best bottle, especially as one grows older. The appearance of food, however, brings instant happiness. A paella, a choucroute garnie, a pot of tripes a la mode de Caen, and so many other dishes of peasant… Read more »

I had nothing but time last Thursday night to dream up something for dinner. Andy was traveling, the girls were out at their various sporting pursuits until after 7:30, and both were getting rides home from friends, so it was me, an end-of-the-week fridge, and a luxurious sixty minutes to work with. I opened the refrigerator door. Cobwebs. How, I… Read more »

As my daughters slowly, tragically transition from Dollhouse Phase One (turning anything and everything into a miniature world, then spending hours and hours inside that world) to Dollhouse Phase Two (watching Wes Anderson movies, naturally), I’m so glad I have this blog. Seriously. How else would I be able to justify obsessing over pretend kitchens like the one you see… Read more »

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