Honduran Tapado

A person … whom I can’t recall …  informed me of the place we’d come to. I often find torn pieces of paper from dinner check presenters or ripped out of my Moleskin notebooks. On one I had written the address of a Honduran restaurant that I needed to try. I might…

Cheese Enchiladas

Do you know precisely and with no margin of error a dish can be declared … bullet proof? Let me tell you my opinion. It is when you can have it on an airplane and it is not … bad!  Janet and I were flying to Dallas recently to do a dinner…

Hoe Cakes

The great writer on our Southern Foodways John T. Edge has morphed in his world view. He has a book titled, “The Potlikker Papers” and in it he writes,  “When I first began thinking and writing about the South, I focused on continuities. Traveling the Pee Dee of South Carolina, I looked…

Amuse Bouche

The Holidays are all around us now. Both the recently passed and those still yet to come…..The spirit of giving is in the air.  That is what makes the season we are in so incredible, so marvelous and so distinct from the rest of the year.  Whatever faith you have in this…

Peter Luger’s Steak House

After two days of crawling in the tight, labyrinthine, sun-blocked streets of Manhattan it was a release to take a cab across the Brooklyn Bridge in spite of a steady early afternoon drizzle. We were heading to what some say is the greatest steak house in America, Peter Luger’s. As we rode…

Chimichangas

When I was growing up in Illinois about an eonago we began to have an influx of people from Mexicomove into our small community. I actually grew up in a place of only 250 residents that sat betweentwo small towns. One was Mundelein and the other Diamond Lake. We were in West…

Chicken and Waffles

With my first paycheck from ‘The Midget’ …to clarify… it was a bar and restaurant in Key West I worked in … I sent for my then … girlfriend, Janet, who arrived a few days later on a Greyhound bus from Ft. Lauderdale where she’d been working as a maid in a…

Cookbooks

A writer named Brook Larsen recently wrote in an online magazine named ‘Culture Trip’, “The Japanese and English borrow words from each other all the time. There is a whole subset of the Japanese language known as gai-rai-go (loan words), many of which come from English, including tabako (tobacco) for cigarettes and…

Peruvian Causas

The first time I ever had a causa I was at the groundbreaking restaurant fellow future Mango Gang Chef Douglas Rodriguez opened. It was named Yuca for those who might not know. We were sitting upstairs and I was with a party of six or eight. Douglas was down in his kitchen…

Egg Sandwiches

When I was about 8 years old I made friends with the three brothers who lived with their mom and dad in a neatly kept home across the creek from us. Back at our house I was the single male between two girls. The much needed boyish shenanigans were calling me. And…

 
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