Postcards

A Word On Food: Salt and Pepper

The greatest rulers to ever preside over a table are color blind. Yet they color every taste. They are the spine, the illumination, the narrator, the judiciary and the jury to each taste on all buds. The directions on nearly every recipe in the endless library of recipes states it almost always…

A Word On Food: Yoshoku Cuisine

Fusion cuisine has been around for a long time. Maybe since the origins of fire. Certainly since the ages of exploration. It just didn’t have a name. That was something I gave it. I was searching for an understanding on what I was looking to do with my cuisine. That is another…

A Word On Food: Family Meal

When I was a young boy I was raised by our Nana and Mother along with my older and younger sisters. We spent many hours watching television shows together.  Those trans-generational moments of shared emotions were important bedrock in our growing up.  It’s a shame that the modern environment for such unity…

Coconut Grove Arts Festival via ‘The New Times’

Note: Thanks to The New Times and to Chris Malone for this article. Coconut Grove Arts Festival Recruits Emily Estefan and Norman Van Aken for This Year’s Programming CHRIS MALONE | FEBRUARY 6, 2020 | 8:00AM For decades, Coconut Grove has been a community rooted in camaraderie. The waterfront neighborhood is the oldest inhabited settlement in…

Short Order Cook, A New Life

We were working in the town of Libertyville. We had been hired to repair the roof on the high school. It was August, the hottest month of the year. We were early into the ten-day job when one afternoon the sky turned black. From up there you could really see. Big clouds…

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…

 
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