food

To Nap or to Coffee?

To Nap or to Coffee?

Today I did something for the first time ever. I had a rough night of sleep last night. I fell asleep around 11:30, woke up to Biddy (cat) drooling for food at 4:00, and ended up unable to fall back to sleep for the next hour or so. My day then started at 7:00. Fortunately […]


Pet Please #154: Flights (of Food/Drink)

Pet Please #154: Flights (of Food/Drink)

I really like flights of food and beverages. If you’re not familiar with this term, it’s when a restaurant or bar serves you an array of sample-size options for the same drink or dish. For example, a classic flight is 4 small glasses of different beers. I love flights because they let you try a […]


What Makes a Better Milkshake/Malt: Ice Cream or Frozen Custard?

What Makes a Better Milkshake/Malt: Ice Cream or Frozen Custard?

I love a good milkshake or malt. Chocolate malt is my go-to favorite, though I’m open to other kinds as well. For me, the perfect malt has a very specific viscosity: thick, but not so thick that you can’t drink it smoothly through a straw. And it needs to taste delicious, of course, which I […]


How Do You Like Your Oysters?

How Do You Like Your Oysters?

I recently realized that I’m intrigued by oysters. Part of this epiphany came from realizing that I don’t dislike oysters. They’ve never really been a part of my life–I’ve seen them at restaurants, but I’ve only ordered them once or twice ever. I’m sure there are oyster connoisseurs out there who like very specific oysters with no […]


What’s Your Favorite Non-S’more S’more?

What's Your Favorite Non-S'more S'more?

Have you noticed that more and more companies are offering non-s’more s’mores each year, particularly in the summer (the time of campfires)? I don’t mind this at all. I love s’mores, but I rarely find myself around a campfire, so I’m open to alternatives. Recently I’ve eaten 3 types of non-s’more s’mores: s’more Oreos s’more […]


What Is Your Ideal Cocoa Percentage?

What Is Your Ideal Cocoa Percentage?

When I was in Seattle recently, I went on an excellent tour of the Theo Chocolate Factory. I particularly liked that the tour guide gave us little pieces of chocolate to eat throughout the tour, with provided a strong sense of connection to the chocolate-making process (and ensured that we weren’t just tapping our fingers […]


In Which City Would You Like to Go on a Food Tour?

In Which City Would You Like to Go on a Food Tour?

It’s rare that I have the chance to travel these days, but when I do, I like to eat well. Food is a huge part of a local culture. I’ve been thinking about this since my recent trip to Seattle. What I’ve realized is that when I hang out in a new city for a […]


Have You Tried the “Mother” Elixir?

Have You Tried the "Mother" Elixir?

So, apparently I have high cholesterol. Most likely this is due to my sweet tooth. I’m trying to address this by eating fewer sweets–which, to be clear, I don’t think I eat an absurd amount of; usually it’s a small treat after lunch, a few pieces of dark chocolate in the afternoon, and ice cream […]


What’s the Best Bakery You’ve Even Eaten Your Way Through?

What's the Best Bakery You've Even Eaten Your Way Through?

“One of everything, please.” I came pretty close to saying that when I recently visited Nathaniel Reid Bakery per the recommendations of a few friends and the best food blog in St. Louis. When you walk in, you’re greeted with an impressive array of pastries and smells in the air to indicate that they really […]


For Restaurant Food, What Is Your Desired Ratio of Known to New?

For Restaurant Food, What Is Your Desired Ratio of Known to New?

I had a few delicious meals/desserts at restaurants this past weekend–including Louie, Clementine’s, St. Louis Coffee House and Creperie, and Nudo House, in case you’re in St. Louis–and a question arose in several conversations: For restaurant food, what is your desired ratio of known to new? That is, when you eat at a restaurant, how […]


Have You Eaten an Impossible Burger?

Have You Eaten an Impossible Burger?

I love the idea of alternative, sustainable sources of food. That’s why I’ve been fascinated by things like cricket flour over the last few years. I’m an omnivore, and I can’t deny that I enjoy the taste of chicken, fish, beef, turkey, etc, but I worry about their impact on the environment (and on my […]


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 […]