Postcards

A Word On Food: Happy Chinese New Year!

I did have an inkling it was the day of celebration called, ‘Chinese New Year’. But it graphically sunk in when our beautiful daughter-in-law Lourdes sent the family a video showing our granddaughter Audrey dancing to a traditional Chinese song with her school classmates all wearing Chinese garb. I was then determined…

NORMAN’S ORLANDO; IN THE NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  NORMAN VAN AKEN ANNOUNCES THEIR NEW ‘RESTAURANT ROW’ LOCATION  AT DELLAGIO TOWN CENTER.  Orlando, Florida—Chef Norman Van Aken, his wife, Janet, and partners Tom and Kim Wood announced that they are reopening their flagship restaurant on sand Lake’s famed ‘Restaurant Row’ in the iconic Dellagio Town Center.  Plans for…

A Word On Food: Frozen Pizza

Not long after our son was born in Key West, my wife, Janet got homesick for our native Illinois. So … we returned driving the somewhat beat up pickup truck we bought ourselves from the wedding gift money six years earlier. I looked for a cooking job but while we waited for…

A Word On Food: Shakespearean Food

Shakespeare wrote in his play, ‘As You Like It”, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances”. I seem to have entered via the kitchen door… and thus far have never left that room for long. Shakespeare mentions food in…

“We Taste Like Pork”

KEY WEST, 1973 “Then the static hum of the radio stretched into a languid Latin Rhythm, a distant faraway throb of rhumbas and saltwater breakers striking sandy shores. The music from Cuba filled the back room of the grocería with the swish of swaying palm trees. Bang! Justo’s grandfather’s cane would strike…

Linda Ronstadt; A Memory

The first words I spoke to Linda Ronstadt were these; “Why did you open for Jackson Browne? You are the bigger star”. The first words Linda Ronstadt spoke to me were, “Oh. Jackson would not have a girl be the bigger act”. She had just sat down next to me on a…

A Word On Food: Coconut

The coconut tree is a member of the palm tree family. Coconut as a term can refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which botanically is a drupe, not a nut. If you are wondering what else is a drupe look no further than an avocado. The word…

Time Out Market News

Courtesy: Miami Herald.com

Some changes are underway at South Beach’s biggest food hall with one of Miami’s biggest names revamping his offerings. Norman Van Aken has teamed up with the owners of the popular raw bar Salt & Brine at the Timeout Market in South Beach on a pair of new food stalls. Peace Pie…

A Word On Food: Grapes, (Happy New Year!)

Over my head on my writing desk I have a pen holder with the iconic graphic of the Sun Maid Raisin girl. She wears a broad sun bonnet and holds a large basket of luscious grapes. I carried a small box of those raisins in my lunch box to grade school many…

A Word On Food: Christmas Cookies

We, like many families … and families of many faiths keep the tradition of making Christmas cookies. It would be impossible not to begin with our Nana’s shortbread cookies. They actually got better as the months pass kept in a treasured cookie tin. Gingersnap cookies are another favorite. Once I got married…

 
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