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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 […]


Put a Waffle on It

Put a Waffle on It

I’ve theorized on this blog that The Rock makes every movie better. I’m starting to think that waffles have the same impact on food. I grew up in the south (Virginia), but for some reason I wasn’t exposed to chicken and waffles until a few years ago. I’ve been hooked every since. It may sound […]


Puffing the Pastry

Puffing the Pastry

When I was home for Christmas, the hottest dish on the table was this lobster puff pastry roll that my uncle made. I’ve been thinking about it ever since then, so a few days ago I decided to make my own version of it using shrimp instead of lobster. This dish is going to sound […]


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 […]