Vegetarian. One word so plump with connotations. Practicing produce-eaters proudly wear it like a badge, while carnivores utter the v-word disdainfully, as if it's a disease they hope to never catch. I tend to veer towards the latter, for as an ardent omnivore, I crave meals that feature all the food groups. I want my sautéed kale with a rib-eye, my Blue Lake beans with pancetta. Consequently, I seldom frequent vegetarian restaurants, until I discovered Elf Cafe.Read More
These are the longest 8 days of the year.
I'm talking about Passover, the Jewish holiday that honors their ancestors' exodus from slavery in Egypt. As the story goes, they fled with such haste that their bread dough had no time to rise. To commemorate this plight, Jews abstain from leavened bread and grains throughout the holiday. For some, especially carb-free folks like Atkins aficionados, this is--pun intended--a piece of cake. Yet, for me, a pasta-loving, beer-guzzling, pastry junkie, these are eight days of eternity (after all, a horizontal 8 = infinity). Since I can't consume my beloved baked goods, why not write about them?Read More