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Top Chef Charleston – Episodes 4 & 5

Happy 2017! I decided to hold off on posting these recaps until after the holidays, because I know it was a stressful balancing act for you –  read about a … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 7 Comments

Happy Holidays or Whatever

It’s been a while since I’ve written a music post and even longer while since I’ve written about the Holidays.    Yes, I said “Holidays.”     This weekend is … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 5 Comments

Top Chef Charleston Episode 3: Choke Holds and Clammy Hands

Last year, I started noticing that the production quality in Top Chef has improved.   The editing has gotten much smoother and every episode is faster paced.   There isn’t … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · 7 Comments

Top Chef Charleston Episode 2: Southern Hospitality

In last week’s episode, there was an uncomfortable moment where two chefs had to compete one-on-one to stay in the game at the site of a former plantation.   Gerald … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 14 Comments

Ann Arbor Eats: Mikette

Until a few months ago, there was only one strictly French restaurant in Ann Arbor, a fact that still baffles me.  So when Mikette opened a few months ago I … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 5 Comments

Top Chef Charleston Episode 1: Something Old, Something New

Top Chef is back and I couldn’t be happier.   OK, I could be happier if someone wrote these recaps for me…. But I’m happy to see it back as … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 11 Comments

It’s Bourbon Time

Not so regrettably, my hillbilly days are over. It’s been 13 weeks since I started aging the whiskey I got from  Ann Arbor Distilling Company.  It was a kit they … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · 7 Comments

Crazy Easy Tomato Sauce

What’s with all those cooking videos that pop-up all the time on Facebook?   You know the ones – less than a minute long,  sped-up videos of two hands making … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · 8 Comments

The Butter Coffee Biohack

I’m a sucker for weird, outlandish dietary experiments. Remember when I did the Master Cleanse?  That’s the one where I drank lemonade for ten straight days to lose 14 pounds … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · 5 Comments

How Art Can Help In Post-Election America

This past Monday I wrote a post on how this election season is showing how everyone needs to develop more empathy.   Like many of you, I had no idea … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 7 Comments