Category Archives: food and wine

France cancels dinner with French and Iranian presidents because Rouhani insisted it be wine-free

This article, from last Wednesday’s Independent, is a microcosm about why religion poisons everything: it’s okay if people keep their faith to themselves (not, to my mind, if they force it on their children), but the bad stuff happens when they try to force it on others, or make laws based on scripture or revelation. We’ve […]

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 […]

Noms: Vij’s Indian restaurant in Vancouver

Last night, Larry Moran, biochemist at the University of Toronto and author of the biology/atheism website Sandwalk, was kind enough to take me, his son (who lives in Vancouver), and one of his old friends to dinner at Vij’s, which may well be Canada’s most famous Indian restaurant. It is immensely popular, and deservedly so, as the […]

Boston noms

This really should have been called “Somerville noms,” for Somerville is an up-and-coming section of greater Boston that abuts Cambridge. Last night, my hosts and I dined in that former working-class area at Sarma, a highly rated restaurant that serves the equivalent of Middle Eastern tapas: small, complex dishes that are extraordinarily tasty, and made with the freshest ingredients. […]

Early Hallowe’en post: Teddy the Porcupine noms pumpkin, again

by Matthew Cobb Teddy Bear is a delightful male porcupine who makes the most fantastic noises. One of his annual treats is to eat pumpkin round Hallowe’en, as we showed last year. In fact there were two videos posted last year, the second of which (>3 million views!) has just had a seasonal viral revival. […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

It is a wet, rainy, and generally miserable weekend in Chicago. Meanwhile, in Dobrzyn, Monika (a young woman who is studying to be a translator) has come to visit for the weekend and ply her formidable cooking skills.  Hili is getting cuddles but objects to being photographed, a strange attitidue for a diva cat. And […]

A rolling pin you need

If you’re a baker and an ailurophile, you really need to get one of these. Imagine a pie crust embossed with cats—how cool would that be? These wooden rolling pins are engraved with lasers, and emboss their patterns on your dough: But many designs are available. This is one that Matthew Cobb (a dinosaur lover) would like. […]

Because Pie

Oy, the World Cup is playing hob with my work. If I don’t put the livestream behind me on my laptop, and turn the sound way down, I’ll never get anything done.  Brazil is tied 1-1 with Croatia at half-time. Let’s talk about pie instead. I have often extolled the virtues of pie as one of […]

Dawkins event (and noms)

Yesterday was Richard Dawkins’s book “talk” at Northwestern University in Evanston (just north of Chicago).  Actually, it wasn’t a talk, but 45 minutes of conversation between him and me, followed by an equal amount of time devoted to Q&A with the audience.  This was part of a tour promoting his new autobiography, An Appetite for […]

Even moar travels, food and drink

I am now in Edinburgh—cold, gray and rainy, and just the way I remembered it when I once lived here for five months (the worst five months for this town: November-April).  But I’m warmed by the memories of fine comestibles yesterday. It was too rainy yesterday to essay our planned trip to Cambridge—a walking town—so […]


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