food

Have You Tried Real Japanese Ramen?

Have You Tried Real Japanese Ramen?

11 months ago, I discovered a portal to Japan in St. Louis called Robata. Robata serves delicious ramen, sushi, and other Japanese cuisine. It’s fantastic. Well, I’ve discovered another portal: Midtown Sushi and Ramen. I went there on a whim a few weeks ago after hearing that it was pretty good. The first thing I […]


What’s Your Favorite Type of Chili?

What's Your Favorite Type of Chili?

It’s autumn in the US, which means it’s chili cookoff season. Last weekend I attended the 2016 Belleville Chili Cook-Off. I’m not a chili connoisseur, but I like opportunities to try a lot of different things side by side, so I was excited to attend the event. My one big concern for events like this are […]


How Do You Recapture the Magic?

How Do You Recapture the Magic?

I remember my first time like it was yesterday. It was three weeks ago when it happened. I wasn’t expecting it–I thought we were just hanging out, maybe playing some games. And, to be honest, I didn’t think it was different than anything else. You’ve had one, you’ve had them all, you know? I’m talking, […]


Do You Ever Crave Very Specific Foods?

Do You Ever Crave Very Specific Foods?

At 11:18 am this morning, I was hit with an intense craving for crispy fried chicken on a biscuit with pickles and some kind of cheese or sauce. I displayed a little bit of discipline. By that I mean I didn’t immediately run out of the house to grab the nearest chicken and fry it. […]


Which Delicious Foods Do Not Make Good Leftovers?

Which Delicious Foods Do Not Make Good Leftovers?

Today I attended a friend’s annual grilled-pizza party. As I am every year, I was struck by how delicious the pizza was. I could have kept eating and eating it, but I stopped myself after half a pizza (they were about 12-inch personal pizzas) since I knew I could save the rest for leftovers. Leftovers […]


Have You Ever Read a Local Food Blog and Immediately Did This?

Have You Ever Read a Local Food Blog and Immediately Did This?

As you know from yesterday’s entry, I went out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant (isn’t it odd that you know exactly what a complete stranger ate for dinner yesterday?) I prefer to spread out restaurant visits, but then something happened today. Around 11:15 in the morning, I was reading through Feedly (my RSS feed […]


Do You Eat Food Out of Containers Made of Food?

Do You Eat Food Out of Containers Made of Food?

I ate dinner tonight at an authentic Mexican restaurant in St. Louis called La Vallesana. The weather was beautiful, so my friends and I sat on the patio, and all around us we saw people drinking these lush, colorful drinks. I ordered one, of course, and I was soon faced with the imposing challenge of […]


Have You Ever Attended a Low Country Boil?

Have You Ever Attended a Low Country Boil?

I love how various friends of mine host vastly different annual events. One friend hosts a Memorial Day BBQ every year. Another hosts a grilled-pizza gathering. For me, up until a few years go, I hosted a raucous Festivus party every December. Even though it’s a fairly new tradition, I’ve come to look forward to an […]


Do You Get Hangry?

Do You Get Hangry?

Hangry. Hungry-angry. Getting grumpy or cranky when you haven’t eaten a regular meal. Does this happen to you? Today I went with a group of friends to a fried chicken festival in St. Louis. Fried chicken is one of my all-time favorite foods, and all of the best St. Louis restaurant were to be featured […]


Top 10 Foods I Won’t Eat

Top 10 Foods I Won't Eat

At my family reunion last week, we ate well. Really well. Every meal involved at least 10 dishes cooked by a number of people. I was really impressed by the sheer variety of the food and peoples’ willingness to try new things. That said, we have some picky eaters in the family, and at least […]


Numbing Spice: Am I Doing It Wrong?

Numbing Spice: Am I Doing It Wrong?

A few weeks ago I was talking with my brother and his fiance about their recent trip to Japan. I’m always curious about the food people eat when they travel, and they said they had tried some dishes involving sichuan, the numbing spice. I’d never heard of the spice even though I’ve definitely eaten food […]


What’s Your Favorite Japanese Candy?

What's Your Favorite Japanese Candy?

I’m wagering today’s entry on the assumption you’ve eaten Japanese candy. Maybe you ate a Pocky Stick during a cultural day. Maybe you sampled a Hi-Chew at a Japanese festival. Or maybe you tried a green tea Kit Kat at some point. Well, unless you’ve had a Kinoko no Yama, you haven’t truly lived. A […]


Who Keeps the Leftovers?

Who Keeps the Leftovers?

Recently I’ve discovered that two of my favorite things are in direct conflict with each other. Or so it seems. Thing 1: I love leftovers. I’ve known this for many, many years. When I was growing up, I often ate leftover dinner food for breakfast. In my 20s, I loved making enough food for several meals so […]


Who Buys These?

Who Buys These?

I want to clarify up front that my question isn’t, “Why would anyone buy these?” Rather, I’m genuinely wondering who buys these. The “these” in question are these treats I see whenever I go to the grocery store (see photo). I don’t even really know what to call them–they’re generic treats like chocolate-covered pretzels, trail […]


Which New M&M Flavor Do You Prefer?

Which New M&M Flavor Do You Prefer?

For some reason I really like it when companies release a few new flavors and let people vote on their favorites. I rarely even vote–I just like the option of trying experimental stuff. I’ve been seeing commercials about the 3 new M&M’s flavors, and I happened to stumble upon them at checkout at the grocery […]


When Jamey Met Gelati

When Jamey Met Gelati

Today commemorates a special and tragic day: After dinner a few minutes ago, I ate the last scoop of ice cream. Her name was Gelati. Gelati was no ordinary scoop of ice cream, mind you. My relationship with her started over 4 months ago when I bumped into her at Gelati Celesti in Richmond, Virginia, when I […]


How Did You Celebrate 4/20?

How Did You Celebrate 4/20?

April 20th isn’t a date that ever occurs to me as something special, as I don’t smoke marijuana. But sometimes when other people are celebrating a special occasion, I like to join in the excitement. That’s what happened today. (And no, I didn’t do anything illegal that I’m aware of.) I was out at lunch at […]


Have You Ever Ordered Off the Menu?

Have You Ever Ordered Off the Menu?

“Off the menu” is such a weird phrase. Colloquially it sounds like you’re doing a normal thing: Looking at the menu and ordering off of it. But when people use that phrase–including me today–we mean that you ask for a dish that isn’t on the menu. A friend recently shared an article about a guy […]


OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

A few months ago, I wrote about a new food delivery service in St. Louis called Postmates. It’s Uber for restaurant food–you can order from any restaurant, and Postmates will pick it up and deliver it to you for a fee. I continue to use Postmates from time to time, but the delivery fee usually makes the […]


The Best Fried Chicken This Side of the Mississippi

The Best Fried Chicken This Side of the Mississippi

On Saturday I ate the best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi. Sidenote: Why is it a thing that the Mississippi still delineates the US for comparisons? Is it relevant? Does something happen when you cross over the river? It’s not like there are any competitions between people on one side of the river […]


Do You Lick or Spoon?

Do You Lick or Spoon?

For the last 2+ months, I’ve been enjoying the Gelati Celesti ice cream I brought from Virginia to St. Louis after Christmas. I’ve eaten 1 scoop per night pretty much every night in the way I prefer to eat ice cream: in a bowl with a spoon. This is how I’ve eaten ice cream for […]


A Spicy Perspective

A Spicy Perspective

Have you ever cooked something that ended up looking comically different than the recipe? This happened to me recently. Four times. It all started with homemade pretzel mix. I didn’t even know you could make pretzels at home–I thought they required thousands of dollars of equipment and at least two Oompa Loompas. But apparently you […]


Root Beer That’s Really Beer

Root Beer That's Really Beer

I enjoy the taste of beer, but I love the taste of root beer. It’s kind of ridiculous that they’re both called “beer,” because they’re so different. Apparently there’s a company who felt the same way, because they invented an alcoholic root beer called “Not Your Father’s Root Beer.” Obviously it’s amazing. I had my first bottle of […]


The Cricket Saves the Day

The Cricket Saves the Day

I had a really busy morning today. I knew I needed to go to the grocery store before lunch due to my dwindling food supplies, so I kept trying to leave my home office. But every time I replied to the last time-sensitive e-mail, another would appear. If I don’t 3 meals a day at […]