Category Archives: food and drink

Peregrinations: Austin, part I

Here’s the first of two posts of my visit to Austin (the second will be the documentation of my getting measured for and ordering custom cowboy boots. On the drive from San Angelo to Austin, which was largely on back roads, I got a good view of Texas country life. Many of the small towns […]

Peregrinations: New Mexico, part deux

I have long wanted to visit Linda Calhoun and her goat dairy in Mountainair, New Mexico, and I can report that the mission is accomplished. Here’s a brief report. Linda has, as I recall, 23 goats, which include a bunch of lactating females, a small group of young kids, and five large, bearded males. I believe the […]

Lunches: Louisiana

I’m hanging around Cajun country for a few days, centered in Lafayette, Louisiana, for I know I can take only one large Cajun meal per day. (On this trip I’ve generally been eating only one meal of any sort per day, as I usually have just coffee in the morning and I find that I […]

Peregrinations: New Mexico, part I

Las Cruces, New Mexico is the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU), where two of my friends teach: evoutionary biologist Avis James (named by a mother who was an ornithologist), and ecologist Bill Boecklen. I’ve known Avis for a long time, since she was a postdoc at Chicago working on flies, and later became […]

My dinner last night

From RJ Bar-B-Que in San Angelo, a highly rated establishment. It was very good, and authentic, but better specimens are available in my favorite places, notably the City Market in Luling, Texas. I also had their homemade peach cobbler, which can’t be shown because it’s in my belly. Combo plate: brisket/ribs, potato salad, beans, jalapenos, […]

Arizona, part deux

The first of the Arizona travelogues was yesterday’s post on Kelly Houle’s art, which I saw when we visited the home she shares with her husband Ken and her son Benny in Mesa. After looking at the art, we took the short drive to Tempe to pick up Ben Goren.  The thermometer in the car gave […]

Peregrinations: Berkeley

On Friday and Saturday I visited my old grad-school comrade Ivan (at Rockefeller University, where I started), a self-described “herpetophile, bibliophile and part time physician.” Ivan has a lovely home—nay, mansion—in the Berkeley hills, built in 1910 and with most of its original wood and fixtures (it’s four stories high). On the third story is the […]

Peregrinations: Oakland

Today Professor Ceiling Cat is visiting a friend who owns a mansion in the Berkeley Hills, and I’m living in high style. Tomorrow I’m off for Mesa, Arizona to meet Kelly Houle (I’ll arrive on Monday a.m.), admire her artwork, and then pick up Ben Goren and drive to Kelly’s parents’ cabin in the mountains, […]

Pie for breakfast!

In honor of my visit to Oakland, reader Sarah Crews (an arachnologist and one of the staff for NINE cats) made a Key lime pie, out of genuine Key limes (the small limes visible in the bag). Most “Key lime pies” sold in the U.S. are bogus—made out of the large Persian limes that we […]

Dinner at The Martin Hotel

The Martin Hotel in Winnemucca, Nevada, is a highly regarded restaurant in a tiny little casino town on Interstate 80. And it’s a trencherman’s paradise: if you like good food you probably like LOTS of it. (Don’t trust anyone who says he/she is a “foodie” but doesn’t eat much!). At any rate, here’s the meal I had […]


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