Monthly Archives: May 2006

The fine art of eating (and drinking) outdoors

In the film adaptation of Emma starring a very young Kate Beckinsale, there is a scene where everyone goes on a marvelously indulgent picnic. They pile into carriages and tromp into a fine, sundrenched field accompanied by footmen and linens

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Failure

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? It’s chicken marinated in smoked paprika, ancho chili powder, chipotles, garlic, and lime and orange juices. The marinade smelled tangy and spicy; I had high hopes for it. I was looking for something to do

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Just call me Max Veg

Mae West said that too much of a good thing is wonderful; I’m apt to agree. Rarely one embrace self denial, I’m often up for one more glass, one more scoop, one more kiss or one more chapter. Sometimes it

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Post-Sonoma dispatch

A glass of Cabernet Franc in front of a field of Cabernet Franc at Chateau St. Jean. I’m fairly sure I had feelings about the taste of the wine at the time, but as it was our fourth and final

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The daily grind

I have no patience for lunch. Unless we are talking me and a girlfriend, fancy salads, and maybe a naughty midday cocktail, the idea of lunch doesn’t rouse me at all. I am exactly motivated enough to think of and

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Dispatch from the Valley

I love how intimate and low-key Sonoma can be. Napa has big wines and striking architecture. Sonoma, at it’s best, is more like a lovely afternoon in a friend’s living room. Stephen’s parents are visiting, so we’re spending a few

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Sweet decimation of best laid plans

My sweets consumption has noticably increased in recent days. I can only attribute it to all the time I spent thinking, planning, cooking (and then consuming) my Whats for Pud? entry. I guess I’m having a hard time snapping out

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Sundae, just a bit refined

When I was a child, I ate ice cream as a child, but when I became an adult, I put childish ice cream away. I no longer revel in ice cream loaded full of enormous candy chunks and topped with

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