Category Archives: food

My first meal in Hong Kong

I’ve been under the weather the past few days, with a sore throat that turned into a nasty cold with a hacking cough. Fortunately, I wasn’t too ill to do my events in Singapore, but now I’m resting for a day. And, mirabile dictu (have you learned that phrase yet?), one of my hosts here […]

Singapore: noms and other stuff

Here are some noms and other miscellaneous photos of Singapore from yesterday (and lunch from today). Melissa and her friend Donald Low (a dean and professor of public policy at the National University of Singapore), took me on a tour of the city, concentrating on the old Chinese regions, with low storefronts and houses built […]

Singapore: Noms (part one)

There are two reasons why a visit to Singapore is a goal of all true foodies. First, it offers the food of many cultures, as this small country (720 km²) is a mixing pot for both people and cuisine. On tap: Malaysian food, Chinese food, Indonesian food, Indian food, Indonesian food, Buddhist vegetarian food, and even […]

Dubai to New York on Emirates—first class!

A fellow named Casey Neistat got a free upgrade on Emirates Airlines Dubai to New York, winding up in first class. Perhaps some of us have seen this kind of luxury, but I never will (business class in Air India was pretty swell, though).  You can see all the amenities in this video, but it’s […]

Japanese person buys a bunch of grapes for about $11,000, or $350 per grape

We have two items from Japan this afternoon. The first comes from the Guardian, which announces that a single bunch of grapes sold for 1.1 million yen. That’s the equivalent, they say, of £8350 pounds, or about $11,000 in U.S. currency. Of course these aren’t your ordinary grapes: they’re huge (about the size of a ping-pong […]

Madagascar hissing cockroach cake

From Katherine Dey Art Facebook page (and YouTube), we have a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Cake with Boston Creme Filling. This woman is a baking genius! Tell the truth: would you eat this even if you knew it was a cake? In case you want to make one, here’s a video: Here’s a robot-voiced video showing the […]

Travel: Cambridge, MA

Not much is happening photowise as I’m visiting friends, nomming, and having R&R in one of my favorite towns. Here are a few holiday snaps. First: Chicago, the day before I left. Sporadic rains had left a haze in the air: On my first night in Cambridge, we made the usual pilgrimage to Christina’s, which […]


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 […]