I have been sitting on this blog from an evening in February 2020 for a while, mostly because it seemed kinda crass and tone-deaf to post something about an exorbitant meal when so many people were struggling during the opening months pandemic. In a way, it still does. But there's some meaningless designation that has swept the globe of Thursdays as "throwback Thursday," or "#TBT" a time to look back on something, I suppose, and February 18, 2020 is the day I enjoyed this sor
I really enjoyed issuing a series of absolutely meaningless "Big Drunk Gay" awards last year, highlighting the very best things I ate, drank, and did all year. It was a fun way for me to go back through the memories of the year and look fondly upon the stuff of life. Well, given the mess that this past year has been, it seems sort of gross to attempt to "remember" much of 2020 fondly! Despite it all, however, I did manage to squeeze in some excellent experiences. So, this yea
Things have been slow around here recently, mostly owing to the fact that my much-anticipated trip to California had to be shelved due to the new spikes in 'Rona cases across the country. I was planning since the beginning of June to be a part of the reopening of indoor dining in San Francisco, a place where the virus was well under control at the time I booked everything. There I had reservations to dine at the vaunted Atelier Crenn, one of the most spectacular restaurants i
It's getting mighty hot out here in the heartland of late, leading the Maestro to sometimes decide it's not worth stepping out into the humid midwestern sauna only to turn on another heat-producing device and cook on the grill, and instead decide to order Indian takeout. This is why the "Summer Grilling" blog series has been a shade slow. Yesterday, however, I finally braved the heat (on the most oppressive day of the summer yet, no less) to present the next in our Summer Gri
Throwback Thursday? I'd completely forgotten to do a write up on my last meal in Asia this past month! So, #tbt, here it is! So... I love Hong Kong. Ok ok, maybe I loved Hong Kong a little bit more this time around, since it was a veritable oasis of order, clean air, and calm (which is saying something!) relative to mainland China, but regardless of the context, I think this very short visit solidified my absolute love of the city. It's the perfect fusion of "east and west,"