Category Archives: food


It’s not even 9 a.m. and my grocery shopping is done for the day.  On the way to get comestibles, I took a detour to Pilsen, the Hispanic area of the city (or rather, one of them), and went to the Nuevo Leon Panaderia (bakery), where no English is spoken but the pastries are fresh […]

You won’t believe which plant is the hardest one to grow commercially!

If National Geographic and PuffHo can do it, so can I! Anyway, I found this interesting, as I’ve never had the real thing. Click to find the answer:

Portland: food and drugs

While I have some “intellectual” lucubrations to emit, I’m traveling and need to save my brain till after I talk today. Anyway, I have some photos of our food-and-drug excursion in Portland last night. Portland is a town that prides itself on quirkiness: people wear weird clothes, sport lots of tattoos, and ride bicycles that are either six […]

Gentiles must cease their relentless cultural appropriation of bagels

There is much talk about cultural appropriation these days, as oppressed groups are waking up to the great harm that has been done to them by PoPs (persons of power) who simply steal aspects of minority culture. This shameless theft has involved everything from mis-prepared General Tso’s chicken in college cafeterias to Americans being allowed to try on kimonos […]

Delhi: student unrest abates, and I get more noms

Last night the campus got the welcome news that the two JNU students arrested and jailed for sedition had been released on bail. The judge ruled that the students had no criminal record, had spotless records in school (both are grad students in history), and didn’t pose a flight risk. I read the judge’s order, […]

G*d help me, I want these!

They’re Oreo churros, sold frozen and then reheated in your microwave (the press release is here). I know people will excoriate me for this, but I don’t care. If you’ve tried them, weigh in below. And beware of attacking the palate of PCC(E)!  

“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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

Oliver Sacks on “filter fish”

Just a note about what may be Oliver Sack’s last published work, or at least the last thing that he wrote that was published most recently. It’s a piece in the New Yorker (free access) called “Filter Fish“. It is of course about the Jewish dish gefilte fish (something I can’t abide, but always call “filter […]


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