Archive for February, 2007

A Valentine’s Day Guide

A Valentine’s Day Guide

| February 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

It’s too late to book a table at your favorite restaurant, fortunately dinner at home can be more relaxed and romantic anyway. If yesterday’s post inspired you to create your own Valentine’s Day feast, we have some suggestions for you based on past posts. Whether you are dining with your loved one or throwing an […]

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La Fete des Amoureux – Valentine’s Day

La Fete des Amoureux – Valentine’s Day

| February 13, 2007 | 8 Comments

Love is nothing short of a national sport here in France and the French claim to celebrate it every day of the year, not just on February 14th. It is more beloved than soccer or philosophical debate, though love plays heavily into both. All store fronts are bedecked with Valentine’s decorations but regardless of the […]

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Jewish Comfort Food

Jewish Comfort Food

| February 12, 2007 | 8 Comments

I’ve just returned home from a week in Boca Raton, Florida, where I was visiting family. My mother’s side, the New York Jews. Besides making the rounds with my aunt, meeting my cousin’s 1 1/2 year old twins and visiting my 86 year old grandmother in her new little apartment at an assisted living facility, […]

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Getting Ready for Tet

Getting Ready for Tet

| February 11, 2007 | 7 Comments

With only one week left before the Lunar Year 4705 begins, there’s still a lot to prepare. I need to finish everything by February 18, the beginning of a particularly auspicious Year of the Boar. Some of the more important items on my TO DO list… – Scrub, dust, mop, and wash everything from floor […]

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Blogging Bloggers

| February 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

Monday morning, my friend Bill sent me off an email asking if I’d seen the lead story– Sharp Bites– in this week’s New York Times SundayStyles section. Well, no. I hadn’t. I tend to skip that section in favor of their Sunday Magazine. Of course, I tend to skip most of the magazine and head […]

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The River Cottage Series, An Obsession

| February 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

I’m new to TV watching. But I have taken to it like a parched and thirsty fish. In the last few years it has saved me from my head, often a bad neighborhood to inhabit alone. Armed with an inherited television set equipped with an internal VCR and DVD player, this brain drug of a […]

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Japanese Yuzu

Japanese Yuzu

| February 4, 2007 | 8 Comments

“Have car will travel for ramen” was the title of the email. Stanley’s parents were in Hong Kong, and he was ready to share his ride. With a carload of lucky friends, he braved rush-hour traffic to make it down to San Mateo by 5 pm, but we were silly enough to stop first at […]

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Pain

Pain

| February 2, 2007 | 5 Comments

Pain is, of course, French for bread. When applying an English reading of the word, it describes the condition of my very soul when faced with the prospect of baking it. For some people, bread making is a passion. There exist people in this world for whom the process is relaxing, even meditative. Not for […]

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