food

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 […]


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 […]