This vs. That

Early morning, hot coffee, flipping through a food magazine and I noted some food-porn pictures of glorious edible artwork served at some of the nation’s best restaurants. Really, looked like the kind of stuff that people always say, “it looks too good to eat.” I’d be afraid to eat some of them, afraid in the […]

Another night of cooking (local) by the beach

We welcomed friends, a formerly local family now living the life fantastic in southwestern France, to our tiny beachfront apartment the other night for dinner. Question 1: Cook a French-style meal, to give them a taste of their new home and us of the Old World? A good chance to practice the technique. Question 2: […]

Memorial Day Weekend: Two Dinners by the Shore

Since I had to trot off to work on Sunday night, taking one good holiday evening away from me, I decided to go all-out on Friday and Saturday evening. I had a plan. FRIDAY Grilled skirt steak and potatoes, salsa verde, simple salad, cold beer and wine Six tomatillos, medium onion (quartered), red anaheim chile, […]

Time for dirt and water

Despite the fact that the only outdoor space we can call our own is a concrete-and-brick terrace that loses sunlight by about one in the afternoon, I still got my hands dirty today. The goal? To try — against abbreviated daylight and too much saltwater in the air — to grow an herb garden. I […]