Category Archives: food

Wednesday in Dobrzyn

Since Wednesday isn’t yet over, most of these photos are from Tuesday. This morning we went to the weekly market, so I’ll have more photos to post tomorrow. In the meantime, let’s start with comestibles, in particular last night’s dinner: The remains of the wild-mushroom soup, with a bit of cream: A more Polish meal: […]

Poland: 3

I’ll be in the country for the next five days, relaxing with my friends, eating good food, communing with Hili the Cat, and working on my book. It’s a real treat to get up at 8 a.m. instead of 5 a.m.! Here are a few more holiday snaps: Malgozata and the apple cake (with almonds […]

Where I’ll eat this weekend

I’ve just gotten over a tenacious and pernicious gastrointestinal bug, which has been pretty debilitating for over six weeks. They never found out what it was (note: a culture at the U of C hospitals costs $1000!), but told me that it would eventually vanish, which it did. (It wasn’t cyclosporiasis, which produced an epidemic […]

Variation under domestication: pigeons

by Greg Mayer Late summer is state- and county-fair time in much of the United States, and besides all sorts of odd foods (more on that below), these fairs afford a good opportunity to examine the phenomena of variation under domestication. These phenomena were of great interest to Darwin in helping him formulate his theory […]

Joey Chestnut wins again, downs 69 hot dogs in ten minutes

It’s time for the annual all-American rite of gluttony: Nathan’s Fourth of July hot-dog eating contest, the Super Bowl of the bizarre sport of competitive eating. The goal of this competition, held on Long Island, New York, is to down as many hot dogs as possible within the ten-minute time limit. Experienced contestants separate the […]


In a final attempt to have fun before I start serious book-writing, I took half the day off yesterday to have a food trip.  My ex-student Daniel, who likes his noms, was around, and I invited him to the Birreria Zaragosa on the South Side, near Midway Airport.  In case you don’t know, a birreria […]

Ann Arbor: noms

I’m here in Ann Arbor, Michigan to celebrate a wedding: the nuptials of Drs. Douglas W. Schemske and Carolyn Johnston. Doug is a very old friend who used to be on our faculty but then moved first to the University of Washington and then to Michigan State. Carolyn is a gynecological surgeon at the University […]

All I’m capable of: kitten nomming pancaeks

Professor Ceiling Cat is home with a tummy bug, resting up so he’ll be fit for his perambulations. I haz no fudz, but wish I was this cat:

A great culinary idea

UPDATE: Stalwart reader JJE, who lives in Newport Beach, just sampled the comestible described below. His one-word review: “Yum!”  And his photo: ___________________________ I don’t know why, but I have a severe craving for one of these. They’re being tried out as an experimental menu item at Carl’s Jr. in Newport Beach, California. I know […]

Food: Charleston

Here are a few holiday snaps of the meals I had in Charleston, South Carolina—one of the loveliest cities I’ve had the privilege of visiting. I also have a bunch of pictures of the town itself, which I hope to put up later, but here’s what I ate. Upon arrival, I immediately had a late […]


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