Category Archives: food

Is Chicago deep-dish pizza really “pizza”?

Grania found this video and commented that it was “genuinely funny”. (I think she was referring to the repartee in the last three minutes.) To a Chicagoan like me, though, it’s deadly serious. I prefer deep-dish (or stuffed) pizza over New Yorkian cheese-covered cardboard. I do like the New York style, but given a choice […]

A Chinese lunch

Yesterday’s Visitor’s Lunch was at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Chicago: Lao Sze Chuan, which of course features the food of Szechuan. We ordered way too much food, but it became leftovers. The restaurant became wildly popular when it opened as it was the first place to feature authentic Szechuanese food in the […]

Chicago’s wonderful hot dogs, and a new hot dog museum

For years I’ve been stopping by the Vienna Beef Factory Store and Cafe to get a genuine Chicago hot dog—the finest dogs in the land.  (The store is conveniently located a few blocks from where I buy my wine.) It had been a factory where the all-beef dogs were made, so the dogs were super-fresh […]

Horsemeat humor

So I got an email from reader Merilee (via one “Ron”) which said the following: In the UK, some supermarkets have admitted that there is horse meat in their home cooked burgers. Even places like Burger King have had to admit that there are “small amounts” of horse meat in their burgers. Tesco is a […]

More Hawaiian food

I continue to eat the local food, and it doesn’t look as if I’ll go to any fancy Hawaiian restaurants when I’m here, though I hear that the hula pie at Duke’s on Waikiki is awesome. (I walked through Duke’s restaurant, though, and the buffet looked very lame.) There are few things more satisfying than […]

Hawaii: food

As always, when visiting a place I try to eat what the locals eat. In Hawaii this means plate lunch, malasadas, spam musubu, and a large variety of Japanese-style dishes like udon noodles. All will be sampled and presented here, but in sequence. In Hawaii, Malasadas are Portugese-style donuts invented in Madeira, freshly fried spheres […]

A swell Coynezaa present

Well, at least I think that’s what this is.  I got a call from the office downstairs that I had an Amazon package. I wasn’t expecting one, and when I got the box and opened it, I found these lovely comestibles: among the finest foodstuffs of Canada and Britain: McVitie’s Dark Chocolate Digestive Biscuits happen […]

Dinner last night

My photo tank is low, and in lieu of my impending Coynezaa trip to Hawaii, I’ll save the wildlife photos and show you instead last night’s dinner. In fact, today’s posting are not going to be serious, as I have other intellectual tasks and only limited brainpower. My departmental friend and colleague Manyuan Long was […]

Captain Milt digs for razor clams

I love razor clams (and I mean in the culinary rather than romantic sense), but these poor guys don’t have a chance against the expertise and fancy equipment of Captain Milt. Here he gets a good haul of Pacific razor clams (Siliqua patula). I once had them stir-fried with black bean sauce in a Vancouver […]

The last lunches: Chartres and Paris

This November 11 was a rainy day to visit Chartres, which meant that the great stained-glass windows of the cathedral wouldn’t be shining in their full glory. Still, there are umbrellas, and so we visited the church and sat through a special Armistice-Day mass (well, most of it—until the priest started blathering on). The singing […]