In the mid-1990's, I was living in Sonoma County California. The AIDS crisis was in full fury, and I spent time working in a hospice - counseling patients, walking their dogs, cooking, cleaning their houses, arranging memorials... whatever I could do. It was a fulfilling yet mentally exhausting job sharing last days … [Read more...] about Sunday Dinner with Betty – A Memorial to Lauren Bacall
Food Writing Archive
This category could be about anything having to do with food: Food Haiku, Limericks, Contests, Essays, Trips down memory line, musings about life... whatever strikes my fancy, and doesn't fit into the other categories
Gin and tonics are pretty easy to make, but there are a few things you can do to make it better. Updated 4.20. Gin & Tonic is what my father would have called “an honest drink.” Nothing fancy; direct and to the point. However, making the perfect gin and tonic requires a few simple steps. In the 50’s my dad … [Read more...] about Making the Perfect Gin and Tonic
Reposted from 2006 by Lizzy Caston Some things are worth repeating! Here’s a bit of Dude trivia: he’s not only a good cook – his Sunday dinners for friends are well-known, but he’s also an awesome bartender. As a matter of fact, his first foray into the food industry was as a bartender at The Magic Pan Restaurant in … [Read more...] about Vodka Cucumber/Mint Lemonade for a Hot Day
This is of course, an April Fools joke. I'm so tired of all the stupid words being made up by aging writers in a vain attempt to come across as cool, all the stupidity to make the food scene sound more important than it really is, and the over-the-top hyperbole being used by people who used to be good critics, I … [Read more...] about New Review: SE Portland’s Roman Candle
This was, of course, an April Fools joke. I apologize to the lady who wrote me a nasty letter this morning about being embarrassed by her butcher. This is the first of a new once a month series of articles about food ingredients. I hope you use the information to better understand some of the lesser used but … [Read more...] about Ingredient of the month – all about Oxtail
The winner of the 2014 food haiku contest is Alina! She wins a three-course dinner for two as part of Portland Dining Month 2014. By Alina - One hundred choices, A month with thirty-one days… Is “Second Lunch” gauche? The runner up by Carly Jane: I remember when one hundred good … [Read more...] about The Winner of the 2014 Haiku Contest!
The 2014 Haiku Contest Results! Here is the final outcome: As voted by our readers - One hundred choices, A month with thirty-one days… Is “Second Lunch” gauche? I remember when one hundred good restaurants Portland did not have Park Kitchen’s my choice for a dinner in the spring I will write for … [Read more...] about Vote for Your Favorite 2014 Food Haiku
This is the third in a four-part series: You can read the entire journal from the beginning here. For me, the best way to figure out an Italian train schedule is to jump on the internet, pull up Italia Rail, and look on the site. Otherwise I end up confused and spend six hours going north to end up 1 hour east. Even … [Read more...] about A Bit More Italy: What? More Steps!