food

Have You Ever Loved a Local Product So Much You Want to Invest in It?

Have You Ever Loved a Local Product So Much You Want to Invest in It?

I love Billy Goat potato chips. Unless you’ve eaten a Billy Goat chip, you won’t know what I’m talking about. But nearly everyone I’ve ever introduced them to has been unable to stop eating them. I haven’t been interested in any other potato chip since discovering Billy Goat years ago. The reason they’re so good, […]


Would You Choose Cookie Dough Over Ice Cream?

Would You Choose Cookie Dough Over Ice Cream?

Whenever my mom made cookies when I was a kid, my favorite part was cleaning the raw dough out of the bowl with my mouth. To this day, I continue to love cookie dough. In fact, back in the days when my metabolism was a beast, I would occasionally buy rolls of cookie dough without any […]


Which of These Culinary Delights Do You Want the Most?

Which of These Culinary Delights Do You Want the Most?

I’ve had pretty good luck with delicious food lately, food that spans a pretty broad spectrum. For fun, today I thought I’d share some of these dishes–let me know which one you want to eat the most right now! Our journey begins with boozy slushies from Narwhal. I’ve gone the entire summer without a Slurpee […]


Do You Take Photos of Your Food?

Do You Take Photos of Your Food?

I’m way late to this news, but I recently learned that a few studies have shown that taking photos of your food before you eat it may actually improve its taste. I wouldn’t say I’m a big food photographer. Definitely not every meal. But when I eat something special–whether it’s something I cook or at […]


Do You Remember Your First Chocolate Bar?

Do You Remember Your First Chocolate Bar?

Despite my intense love of chocolate as an adult, I had very little access to it when I was a child. We had access to candy at Halloween, at Christmas, and at Easter, but beyond that, it was a rare treat. So recently when I was gifted an amazing chocolate bar that I’ll share in […]


I’ve Made and Eaten “The Best Burger for a Single Person”

I've Made and Eaten "The Best Burger for a Single Person"

Today a video popped up into my YouTube feed with the title, “J. Kenji Lopez-Alt Debunks Burger Myths.” As a burger lover myself, I was intrigued. In the 10-minute segment, Chef Kenji talks about what he calls “The Best Burger for a Single Person.” Not because single people like me necessarily eat differently than the […]


The Cassoulet Story

The Cassoulet Story

True story: In late 2002, I traveled with my parents and brother to visit my sister in France, where she was studying abroad for the year. I was greatly looking forward to the land of bread and butter, crepes, and fashionable French women. But as soon as I arrived in Paris, I came down with […]


How Many Layers of Dip Did You Eat During the Super Bowl?

How Many Layers of Dip Did You Eat During the Super Bowl?

This was a deja vu Super Bowl for me. 17 years ago I was studying abroad in Japan when the St. Louis Rams–a team I started rooting for when I entered my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, the same year that Kurt Warner led the Rams to a Super Bowl […]


My Top 10 Favorite Sandwiches of 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Sandwiches of 2018

I discovered in the last year that I really love weird, unique sandwiches and burgers. Fortunately, St. Louis is a hotspot for them, ranging from the daily creations at Hi-Point Drive-In to the monthly specials at Layla to the weekly head-to-head matchups at Bailey’s Range. So today I thought I’d showcase my favorite sandwiches of […]


Would You Eat a Cricket Cookie?

Would You Eat a Cricket Cookie?

I’ve eaten grasshopper tacos, cricket protein bars, and cricket chips…now it’s time for cricket cookies. Why am I doing this to myself? I’m interested in more sustainable forms of protein. Insects aren’t commonly used for that in the US, but I think they might become more prevalent. I’ve backed several insect-related Kickstarter projects, and the […]


Is It Better to Eat Your Least Healthy Meal for Lunch or Dinner?

Is It Better to Eat Your Least Healthy Meal for Lunch or Dinner?

This weekend I bought a lot of edible seeds. I’ve slowly but surely been trying to make my diet healthier over the 6-12 months. Fewer carbs, V8, and fruit instead of fruit juice have joined the other parts of my regular diet that were already healthy: fish, chicken, spinach, and oatmeal. But I want to […]


How Many Times a Day Do You Chocolate?

How Many Times a Day Do You Chocolate?

A few days ago, I ran out of chocolate. I legitimately underestimated the magnitude of this issue. I don’t think I’ve realized how much of a regular part of my daily routine chocolate has become. Around 11:00, I got a little craving, as I usually have a small piece or two of chocolate around then. […]


How Good Is Your Food Memory?

How Good Is Your Food Memory?

As much as I love food, I have a terrible memory for it. I can remember great meals. In fact, when I travel, food is a huge part of it–I’d rather eat a great, memorable meal in an exotic location than do pretty much anything else. I can remember subpar meals as well. The problem is […]


What Is the Best Drive-Thru?

What Is the Best Drive-Thru?

Today I was driving back home after an appointment. It was around lunchtime, and I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat, but I couldn’t figure out where. That’s when I remembered that I was driving right past a Chick-Fil-A. While I struggle with some of the politics of the people who run Chick-Fil-A, […]


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 […]