Big Yellow Taxi Took Away All My Hunger

I once had a colleague who, on a late-summer day, announced he was having a tomato for lunch. Not a tomato salad, or tomato soup, or a tomato on a sandwich, but simply a tomato, sliced on a plate and eaten with the loving care that a perfect summer beauty deserved. He wasn’t a particular…

Black Friday

“You know what’s the best gift you can give for someone for Christmas?” the old man next to me commented out of the blue. By pure happenstance, we shared a bench in the middle of the shopping mall, watching shoppers trundling by laden with bags and boxes and casting an occasional eye toward the line…

Rockin’ the Recipes

There’s a quirky little band called One Ring Zero that plays regulary at a cozy little neighborhood bar/performance venue called Barbès, where a lot of New York musicians hone their acts before taking them into Manhattan (and where the Herbal Alchemy cocktail crew has perfected at least one recipe with the friendly bartenders’ help).  One Ring Zero has long…

Cut the Cheese

After nearly four months of aging in the less than stellar cheese-curing confines of my refrigerator, it was time to test the Cotswold produced during a Three Points Ohio road trip. Our host, Kate’s sister Kim, had warned that she tends to label her cheese as Cotswold-like or cheddar-like, because so many variables—from weather to…