Category Archives: food and drink

Belgium: Louvain-la-Neuve

I still have two more batches of photos from Belgium. This is the first, some pictures from my academic stint in Louvain-la-Neuve, a small town of about 30,000 people. It’s also new, as it was started in 1969 after language wars between speakers of Flemish and of French at the Catholic University of Leuven caused […]

How long should you age Marshmallow Peeps?

I recently confessed that I am a big fan of Marshmallow Peeps, those chick-shaped confections of gelatin and sugar that appear around Easter (and now at Halloween and Christmas as well). I of course received considerable opprobrium from readers for this, with several people saying that if I hated candy corn (which I do), I […]

Peeps arrive!

I am ashamed to admit that I LOVE Marshmallow Peeps; a confection of pure sugar and gelatin. I never buy them myself, but some of my friends stock up the day after Easter, when they’re half price, and give them to me. There is no quantity of Peeps that I cannot eat (two boxes at […]

Amsterdam: Part VI

I’m going to Brussels to talk in a few hours, and this will be the last of my Amsterdam posts. Photos will be sparser for a few days as I’ll be working, but I have two days in Ghent, which is supposed to be a lovely town, and I’m scheduled to drink good Belgium ales […]

Amsterdam: Part V

This is either the penultimate or antepenultimate of my posts on Amsterdam, as I’m now in Belgium. First, of course, comes food: lunch at the Cafe Sonneveld, highly rated for Dutch food. The proportion of tourists in cafes like this is high, perhaps because the touristy part of Amsterdam as compared to, say, Paris, is […]

Amsterdam: Part IV

Two days ago was the obligatory visit to the Rijksmuseum, the epicenter of Rembrandt paintings, drawings, and etchings. The building dates from 1885 and includes, besides the Greatest Painter of All Time (my opinion), works by Hals, Vermeer, and even the stray Van Gogh. I was lucky to be there for the “All the Rembrandts” […]

Amsterdam: Part III

I forgot to mention the ubiquity of bicycles in Amsterdam, but of course it is the first thing one notices on the streets. Bikes are everywhere and most everyone rides one: not ten-speeds or fancy bikes, but solid, sturdy ones designed for horizontal transportation. (You don’t need gears in such a flat country.) Below is […]

Amsterdam: More food and fun

Some holiday snaps: The houses along the canals are lovely, and I bet they cost a pile: Most of the canals have no railings, and I wonder how many people fall, bicycle, or drive into the canals each year. It would be hard to get out as there are no ladders and the vertical distance […]

Where should I eat in Amsterdam?

I’ll have a full six days in Amsterdam starting on Sunday, and I don’t know the restaurants in that town very well. If you do, please advise me on where to eat.  Note: I eschew raw herring but I love Indonesian food, and I want to have a rijsttafel when I’m there. I’d also be […]

A Chinese lunch

Yesterday’s Visitor’s Lunch was at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Chicago: Lao Sze Chuan, which of course features the food of Szechuan. We ordered way too much food, but it became leftovers. The restaurant became wildly popular when it opened as it was the first place to feature authentic Szechuanese food in the […]