Postcards

A Word On Food: Moonshine

The stories of moonshine and moonshiners have a mystical appeal to many. The practice seems entwined with dark magic. One episode in the history of American Blues music depicts the dangers of moonshine and had to do with the poisoning death of one of the chief architects of that stream of music,…

Time Out Market Miami

When the list of chefs to be featured at the new Miami Beach outpost of Time Out Market was announced, food enthusiasts knew immediately that it was going to be a hit. From my visit earlier this month, I can vouch for its success, both in popularity and in operations. With heavy-hitters…

A Word On Food: Maida Heatter

In 1992 while working at the Betsy Ross Hotel, now renamed the “Betsy” to make it less tied to the past and shooting for the future, I had found out that Maida Heatter had quietly been in and had dinner the night before. How I found this out I’ll get to shortly….

A Word On Food: Pastrami

First we mourn. We all miss the legendary Miami delis of the past. We need to name them to honor them. Corky’s, Pumpernik’s, Wolfie’s and The Rascal House. I’m sure my New York City born and raised mother took me and my sisters into a few if not all of them when…

A Word On Food: Pit Beef & BBQ

Some chefs start their careers in humble places and then work their way up the ladder to more and more fancy and complex places. And for some that is the goal. But some of them get up on that perch and say something that rhymes with “Tuck It”! And they seek to…

NORMAN’S Orlando. “One Door Closes and Another Opens”.

Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel: Amy Drew Thompson “It was Saturday night in the ritzy enclave of Coral Gables and the board was full of tickets. Chef Norman Van Aken was expediting orders, hands flying fast, when a gentleman strolled into the madness of the kitchen and introduced himself. Van Aken didn’t know it, but…

A Word On Food: Anthony Bourdain

My introduction to the world of Anthony Bourdain began with the sound of hearing my mother laughing while reading a book in her favored chair. Not a minute passed before she was laughing again. I was getting ready for work and between trips to my coffee cup, I stopped and said, “Okay…

A Word On Food: The Mother Sauces

Growing up I didn’t have anything one might refer to as received scripture. Our church tried. And I tried with them. I did my Methodist best but it just didn’t stick with me. And though I had hero’s … in sports, there was Muhammad Ali … who we first knew as Cassius…

Lost Kitchen Supper Club Event in Key West!

Lost Kitchen Spotlight Dinner: Chef Norman Van Aken Saturday, August 24 6:00pm “Meet and Greet” Reception 7:00pm Dinner Lost Kitchen Supper Club is proud to present an evening with Chef Norman Van Aken, a James Beard Award semifinalist for the “Best Chef in America.”  His namesake restaurant NORMAN’S, was nominated as a finalist…

A Word on Food: Food Festivals

With Summer here I’ve been noticing some of the various Food Festivals coming up.Sadly we just missed the Eau Claire, Michigan July 4th weekend Intercontinental Cherry Pit Spitting Championship. This popped up … sorry … in 1974 for the first time. Who knew something like that could be so … enduring? Their…

 
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