food

Have You Ever Eaten Rolled Ice Cream?

Have You Ever Eaten Rolled Ice Cream?

I’m writing this while my belly is still full of ice cream. Tonight I ate a new-to-me dessert. Some friends recently discovered a place called Snow Factory near where I live in St. Louis, so we made a trip there to see if their ice cream was as delicious as it looked on YouTube. The […]


Would You Eat Crickets on Survivor?

Would You Eat Crickets on Survivor?

A tradition on the TV show Survivor is to have one competition involving local “delicacies”–things like cow eyeballs, sea cucumber, and giant grubs. Most contestants grimace through these eating competitions, with only a few relishing the opportunity to get some precious protein in their bodies. I host a Survivor night every 2 weeks for a […]


Have You Eaten a Pizza Burger?

Have You Eaten a Pizza Burger?

Last week I ate a burger with two glazed donuts as the buns, and it gave me an idea: What if I made a burger with two pieces of pizza as the buns? So I did (it was an idea that was ridiculously easy to execute). I bought a Totino’s frozen pizza, baked it, grilled […]


What’s the Most Outlandish Burger You’ve Ever Eaten?

What's the Most Outlandish Burger You've Ever Eaten?

I’ve learned something new about myself this year: I love outlandish burgers. I mostly have Hi Pointe Drive Thru to blame, as they create a unique burger every day (my favorite so far is a Korean-inspired burger on a bao bun). But Hi Pointe has competition from Layla for the best burger in St. Louis, […]


Pet Peeve #68: When Restaurants Don’t Update Their Online Menus

Pet Peeve #68: When Restaurants Don't Update Their Online Menus

I rarely post pet peeves anymore, as I’d much rather talk about things I love or am fascinated by than things that annoy me, but I’m going to make an exception for this one. Recently I visited not one, but two restaurants over the course of a few weeks where the online menus–like, the official […]


Have You Ever Ordered One of Everything?

Have You Ever Ordered One of Everything?

Every now and then, I read the menu at a new-to-me restaurant menu (like the amazing St. Louis restaurants on this list) and think, “Everything looks so good! How can I possibly choose?” Usually this results in me picking something and being pretty happy with it, but slightly coveting the dish a friend ordered. It […]


The One-Bite Challenge

The One-Bite Challenge

On a recent season of Top Chef, the chefs were given a unique challenge: Create one perfect bite of food. There were no other restrictions. Just make one amazing bite of food. Not one bite of a bigger dish–just one, single-serving bite. I’ve hosted a few Top Chef challenges involving a head-to-head cookoff with secret […]


What Is the Perfect Ice Cream Spoon?

What Is the Perfect Ice Cream Spoon?

A few days ago, a friend mentioned an experiment involving spoons. Subjects were given spoons made out of different metals and moulded into different shapes, and they were asked to eat the same type of ice cream. As it turns out, the composition of the spoon had a HUGE impact on the perception of flavor. […]


How Do You Like Your Eggs?

How Do You Like Your Eggs?

A few weeks ago I learned something about eggs. I’m not a big egg eater. If you put some eggs on my plate, I would eat them, but I wouldn’t seek them out. I don’t get excited about them. There is one exception, but I’ll get to that in a minute. A few weeks ago […]


Do You Know What Your Friends Dislike?

Do You Know What Your Friends Dislike?

Yesterday I told a story about how I ordered a sweet dish for the table to share at brunch on Saturday, but I left out a key detail. You see, 2 out of the 7 people were running late, so the 5 of us went ahead and ordered. I ordered my savory dish and a […]


I May Have Solved Brunch

I May Have Solved Brunch

Let’s be clear: Brunch doesn’t need fixing. It’s a hearty breakfast, but served around lunchtime. I love it. However, I’ve found a small issue with brunch. My body wants savory for sustenance and nutrients, but my mind wants sweet. As a result, I’m always faced with a conundrum at brunch: Do I get a savory […]


What Do You Value More: Food or Dreams?

What Do You Value More: Food or Dreams?

A friend told me today that she ate a special brownie last night, which resulted in her having a very scary nightmare. No, it wasn’t that kind of special brownie. It was a sugarless, flourless brownie. It was probably harmless, but my friend wasn’t used to eating those ingredients, so it’s reasonable to think they would have […]


Do You Like American Cheese?

Do You Like American Cheese?

I loathe American cheese. I’ve always disliked it. Even as a kid, on the rare occasion when we went to Burger King, I would get a hamburger when my sister and friends got cheeseburgers. There was just something inherently fake tasting about the cheese that I couldn’t stand, even when I had the unrefined palette […]


How Do You Eat Trail Mix?

How Do You Eat Trail Mix?

I get a bit peckish every day around 11:00 and 3:00. For years, I’ve addressed this by eating a few pieces of candy at those times. But recently I’ve started trying a new variation on this method: I mixed together some nuts, M&Ms, and Reeses Pieces into a homebrew trail mix. It’s delicious–I scoop out […]


Top Chef Cookoff 2017 Results

Top Chef Cookoff 2017 Results

Have you ever attended or hosted a Top Chef cookoff? I’m sure different people have their own versions of it, but here’s how mine works: I have people over at my place for a day of board games. All guests bring a secret ingredient that they reveal upon arrival. In the late afternoon, two people […]


Have You Ever Eaten Vegan?

Have You Ever Eaten Vegan?

Years ago, I was dating a woman who was Coptic Orthodox. Part of her religious tradition was to go vegan for about a week each year, and she asked/told me to do it with her. So I did. All I can remember from the experience was (a) I was hungry all the time and (b) […]


Why Is Finding a Hair in Your Food so Disturbing?

Why Is Finding a Hair in Your Food so Disturbing?

A few weeks ago, I was cheerfully chowing down on some leftover Korean food when it happened: I picked up a chunk of rice, only to find a long, black hair protruding from it. My stomach dropped. There was something about that hair, pieces of rice stuck to the strand, that made me lose my […]


Would You Eat This Strawberry?

Would You Eat This Strawberry?

Or perhaps another way to ask this would be, “Would you pay $40 for 1 pound of these strawberries?” That’s the cost of these beautiful white strawberries grown in Japan. They’re perfectly ripe; they’re just naturally engineered and cross-bred to be white instead of red. It sounds like they don’t taste all that different from […]


A Few Random Thoughts About Food

A Few Random Thoughts About Food

For the longest time, I bemoaned the fact that St. Louis didn’t have any ramen restaurants. I loved eating different types of ramen when I lived in Japan. But then, in the span of 18 months, 4 different ramen restaurants sprang up within 15 minutes of my house. I’m spoiled by all the options. I […]


Is This How Humans Eat Quesadillas?

Is This How Humans Eat Quesadillas?

On Friday I was enjoying a delicious chicken quesadilla at a barbecue dinner with some friends. The person next to me nudged my elbow and said, “Hey–what are you doing?” “Hm?” He pointed to my knife and fork, which I was using to cut my quesadilla into bite-size pieces. “That’s not how you eat a […]


Put a Taco on It

Put a Taco on It

Some people want bacon on everything. Others want coffee or an egg. Me? I’ve discovered that I want a taco salad on all foods. It started a few months ago when I heard that a new burger place, Hi-Pointe Drive-Thru, had a taco burger on their menu. It awoke something deep inside of me that […]


What’s Your Favorite Style of Pizza

What's Your Favorite Style of Pizza

I’m asking really hard-hitting questions this week, aren’t I? Sandwiches, silly dances, Netflix, pizza…what is this, The Atlantic Monthly? In short, I ate pizza today–really good pizza–so it’s on my mind, especially since I resisted eating the leftovers for dinner. I don’t like to eat the same thing for lunch and dinner. The pizza I […]


What’s the Best Sandwich You’ve Ever Eaten?

What's the Best Sandwich You've Ever Eaten?

I had an incredibly luck streak of delicious sandwiches this week. It started with The Gramophone on Tuesday. I took a gamble and tried one of their specials, a taco salad sandwich on toasted sesame bread. It was everything I’ve ever wanted in a taco dressed up as a sandwich. On Wednesday I went to lunch […]


What’s Your Favorite Thing to Find Inside of a Chocolate?

What's Your Favorite Thing to Find Inside of a Chocolate?

I’m not really into receiving gifts, but I’m always happy to acquire fancy chocolate. Recently a business partner sent me a beautiful box of specialty chocolates, and I’ve been savoring them at a pace of 2-3 a day ever since. There were at least 20 different types of chocolates in the box, and none are […]