The Food and Wine Hedonist

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Save Thanksgiving, Start Shopping Today!

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about people protesting stores being open on Thanksgiving to start the Holiday Shopping Season.   There are a few Facebook groups on it and people … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 15 Comments

I Love Tulum

Every year, the kids go to a YMCA camp in beautiful northern Michigan for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun.  Last year, we did a “staycation” and while it was relaxing, … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 14 Comments

Escape from Ikea Hell (And Another Gratuitous Pork Recipe)

We’ve been doing some remodeling work here at Casa de Hedonist and part of that included built-in cabinetry in three different rooms. We were going for sleek, modern looks but … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 15 Comments

Eataly Chicago

The bus I took to Chicago deposited me right smack downtown where I immediately realized that it was the day of the annual St. Patrick’s day parade.  The whole area … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 23 Comments

My Solution for Saving Thanksgiving

This Thursday in America is Thanksgiving, that terrific confluence of family, friends, gratitude, food, drink, relaxation, and maybe some football.  It’s also the first day of Hanukkah, so many of … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 33 Comments

Shopping Woes

Sometimes I really hate shopping, but not for the same reasons that others give. Most people say they hate shopping because of the crowded malls and parking lots that are … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · 15 Comments

What Three Things Are Always In Your Refrigerator?

In every issue, Bon Appétit magazine features a Q&A with a celebrity asking about his or her quirky food habits and favorite things to eat. Until a few years ago, … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 289 Comments

Why I hate Trader Joe’s – Episode 1

For those of you unfamiliar with Trader Joe’s, it’s a California-based chain of grocery stores in about 30 states that has a cult-like following.   They’re not like other grocery stores … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 34 Comments

My Sneaker Addiction

Last week was my three year anniversary of joining my current job. The job itself is fairly low stress, pays well, and the people I work with have been (mostly) … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · 15 Comments