Category: Food

Food and the Family

By Elea Almazora I grew up in a culture where everything – I’m not kidding, I do mean EVERYTHING – is pretty much celebrated with food. We have fantastically wonderful spreads during the Christmas and New Year seasons, treat each other to a special lunch or dinner on birthdays, even bring little snacks over to [...]

A Crazy Whim

Spring is here, the time for planting gardens. Some years I plant them, some I don’t. This year I did because of the price of gasoline. I get crazy ideas like that from time to time. I once chose the car I was going to buy based on the trip I was about to take. [...]

The Noodle Nights, Part 1

I miss my noodle nights. When I arrived in Japan, I was excited about living in the countryside. I thought it would provide me with an authentic Japanese experience. In the sixty or so years since the end of the second world war, much of Japan has modernized, and while that Japan is intriguing, I [...]

A Golden Sundae? Willy Wonka Would be Turning in His Grave

I came across this article and was just amazed. Just amazed! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as edible gold. Make sure you go to Reuters and check out the picture. – SC By Jeff Swett Love dessert? Love a little combination of ice cream and chocolate syrup? Starting to sound good [...]

Health Nut

I have never been much of a health nut. Perhaps it is because I have always been pretty healthy, had a good heart, good lungs, a good diet, and a stable mind. I consider myself something of an athlete, though age has stolen much of that consideration. Still, I can get on the basketball court [...]


One of my favorite places is the produce corner of my local grocery store. Somewhere between the mounds of red tomatoes, the yellow lemons, the apples in their rows, the cabbages still wet from the mist sprayers, the leathery onions and spicy garlic, I stop and stare, slowly spinning in circles. I have always liked [...]

One Wild, Heroic Dash

I have always considered myself something of a hunter. When I think of hunters, the beginning of the movie Last of the Mohicans comes to mind. Three men running headlong through the woods, their hair streaming out behind them, trusty muskets in their hands. They run and run, quick and silent as whispers. Then suddenly, [...]

Running On Joe

Four hundred billion cups of coffee are consumed every year. That’s more cups of black brew than alcohol. I am not much of a coffee drinker myself, but everyone around me does. At home the pot is brewing every morning and some nights too. At work, there are pots in most departments, and still, my [...]

A Good Lobster

On the northeastern coast – those thickly wooded and rocky coasts that are home to bears and moose and lonely white lighthouses – the water crashes on rough, black rocks with great intensity. It is a coast full of bays and small little towns that are a mix of fisherman and tourists and seagulls. It [...]

Sushi, Art, and Perception

As a kid growing up, I hated spinach. No matter how many Popeye cartoons I watched, I still couldn’t stomach it. In part I think it was because I was supposed to hate spinach like all youngsters, rather than a real loathing of the leafy green. It wasn’t until I started loving salads as a [...]