Category Archives: food and drink

“Eating ethnic food” has now become “cultural appropriation”

Once again the Leisure Fascists™ are accusing those who admire and adopt aspects of foreign culture of the sin of “cultural appropriation.” (I use the word “sin” deliberately, for these ideologues behave much like theists.) Such people don’t seem to grasp the distinction between “appropriation” and “appreciation,” producing articles that could have appeared in The Onion. […]

Cultural appropriation?

I don’t know much about this except that “Star-K” is an agency that certifies food as kosher. And I’m not sure what’s in that red packet to the right. At any rate, the Japanese should be protesting the hell out of this! h/t: Hempenstein

Hyde Park Piefest!

As I recall from last year’s posting, we have a number of pie aficionados as readers. And, as Dr. Johnson might have said, “Truly, when a man is tired of pie, he’s tired of life.” As I noted yesterday, I went to Saturday’s annual South Side Pie Challenge, conveniently located only a few blocks from my crib. It’s […]

Shopping adventures

I have more errands yet to run this morning, but am posting a few things from my shopping trip to amuse myself. I’ve always gotten up early, but it seems that the older I get, the earlier I rise. Fortunately, my local grocery (actually on Chicago’s North Side, a 25-minute drive) opens at 6 a.m., and […]

Fun at the Atheist Alliance of America meeting

I was in the suburbs a fair amount of time during the AAA convention, being a “handler” for Jeff Tayler and Inna Shevchenko, so I didn’t take a ton of pictures of the meeting itself. Fortunately, Mark Gura did, and posted a lot of them on his Facebook page’s AAA album). I’ll put his photos first, […]

Southern noms

In the last three days I’ve visited two renowned Southern restaurants. The first is the Busy Bee Cafe, featuring southern soul food, particularly its famous fried chicken. Founded in 1947, the cafe was frequented by many civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., back in the days when Atlanta was a locus for anti-segregation activism. The […]


. . . well, there’s one picture from Poland: the Last Meal. Malgorzata and Andrzej’s friend Monika, a gourmet cook (and student of linguistics and translation) met me in Warsaw before taking me to the airport hotel, and we went to a lovely restaurant for lunch. I had a delicious breast of duck (rare, as […]

The Last Day in Dobrzyn

It’s my last post from Dobrzyn, and with a heavy heart I’ll take leave of this haven tomorrow. Some pictures, heavily weighted with those of The Princess, from my last two days. Andrzej working on the edge of his chair—for obvious reasons. The Editor is on his tail! Andrzej plays fetch with Cyrus on the […]

Dobrzyn: Sunday-Tuesday

Life has been slow and relaxed in Dobrzyn, with the usual round of walkies, workies, and nomz. Sunday dinner was a Swedish dish, potatis gratáng, which the French would call “pommes gratinée.” (Malgorzata and Andrzej lived in Sweden for 15 years, so we get many Swedish nomz.) It consisted of layers of potatoes and ham, […]

Fun in Dobrzyn and Toruń

Yesterday I was off to Toruń to give the beginning-of-the-school year lecture to the entering biology students at Nicolaus Copernicus University. The school was founded only in 1945, but has antecedents dating centuries earlier to the University of Vilnius (founded 1579), many of whose students and faculty migrated to Toruń after World War II. But before I left, […]


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