Dad, Words, Food, Love ~~ reprinted from June 16, 2004

I wrote this in 2004. Appropriately enough, it went out over the AP wire. I’m missing my dad a lot today. We’ll be having spaghetti for dinner tonight for sure.  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. June 16, 2004 Father’s Day is upon us again, a day that is all about dads, and so unavoidably also all about their…

For Mom ~~ reprinted from May, 2014

Originally posted on and away she goes….:
For Mom For the first time in my life, this Mother’s Day will dawn and I will have no flowers to send, no call to make, no smile coming over the line, filled with pleasure at the sound of my voice. The idea of a Mom-less Mother’s Day…

When Food is Not Your Friend April 22, 2017

I felt pretty good on Thursday. Despite spending the day before guzzling barium and watching it trickle through my digestive track via x-ray, I woke up to a beautiful morning and the prospect of 7 a.m. yoga.  I was a little wobbly – haven’t been eating much of substance lately due to whatever ails me…

Loquats! March 19, 2017

A Florida neighbor came by a while ago with a bag of small yellow fruits. What are they, I wondered? She made me guess and as she knew, I had no clue. I tried apricots, figs, kumquats, and pears, but wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong.  Loquats, she told me. Loquats which are strangely unrelated to…

Flashbacks to A Classy First Class — January 24, 2017

Just as a lark I priced first class air on Emirates from New York to Beirut this coming December. Lowest price is US$36,346. That’s for two of us, of course. And includes tax. Still, it’s not happening anytime soon. Or ever.  Which means my one, precious three hour (more or less) first class flight from…

The Halia at the Singapore Botanic Gardens — January 9, 2017

Halia is Malay for ginger and dinner at The Halia is all about that spicy rhizome. There used to be one at Raffles Hotel (although it is apparently closed now) but there is something about enjoying an exotic open-air ginger-themed restaurant steps away from the Ginger Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens that is just too…

Wild Rocket — January 8, 2017

We’ve been off the ship and ensconced in Singapore since yesterday morning. Love this city. It’s gorgeous, fun, delicious, and unsettling. If democracy is supposed to be so great, how come we are all messed up and they aren’t? But this is a food blog, so I’ll stick to what we had for dinner. I…

Morning Glory Hallelujah! — January 4, 2017

I don’t really know why Seabourn has us stopping at Langkawi – on one of 90 tiny islands off the Malay Peninsula. I am sure some people are living normal lives here but mostly it looks like a duty free haven that specializes in selling Corning ware (really?) and a beach resort that caters to…

Date Nights — December 29, 2016

When I was little my great aunt Edna used to send us a tin of cookies every Christmas. They weren’t really kid cookies – no icing, no chocolate chips, no sprinkles, no real fun. I always thought of them as adult cookies. Not too sweet, made from a grainy semolina, covered with a fluff of…

The Heartburn of Karma — December 28, 2016

I have mixed feelings about eating Indian food in a hotel whose 560 rooms go for upward of $1000/night in a city where people are putting their children to bed on the streets. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is a lovely place, to be sure, and it has an amazing history, including being rebuilt to…