Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Hungover Cookbook



Author Milton Crawford takes P.D. Wodehouse's six hangover types (most feared: "The Gremlin Boogie") and crafts a very funny cookbook around them. I'm not sure how well I would do, in my most severe hungover state, with some of the dishes (you want me to user a blender?! *whiskey-soaked brain explodes*), but good stuff regardless. Peep the recipe for kedgeree.

The Hangover Part II review



Pretty much the same movie as the first one; Part II has more Asians. OK with it.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Forks Over Knives



Writeup on the new movie advocating for a wholly plant-based diet. I'm certainly not on this bandwagon but it's an engrossing and thought-provoking documentary. I'm a meat and dairy eater but it definitely has me motivated to get more whole foods (lowercase) into my diet.

I also did an informative (for me) Q&A with Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet and plant-based diet advocate for Whole Foods (uppercase). Esselstyn, who's featured in Forks Over Knives, is the son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, one of the film's primary subjects and a pioneer in the field of using diet to combat degenerative conditions like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Happy trails to Gary Williams



The University of Maryland icon is hanging it up after 22 years — 461 wins with the Terps (668 career), 14 tourney appearances, seven Sweet 16s, one national title. He'll clearly be remembered most, though, for his striking resemblance to Mr. DeMartino from Daria.

A Full English



A bit late posting a link to this one, but here is last week's piece on various Full English/Full Irish breakfasts around town. The thought of eating one now makes me want to faint and I only ate seven.

Photo: Jessica Kourkounis

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mark Bittman Q&A in Cowbell



Cowbell is a relatively new national music magazine based in Philly, from the publishers of Grid. Check them out!

I did an interview with newly minted New York Times opinion columnist Mark Bittman for their latest issue.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The most dead-on summation of LOST ever written.



The "50 Most Loathsome Americans of 2010" list has been out awhile, but the more I read Ian Murphy's entry on Damon Lindelof, the more I become incensed at LOST's wackass finale (yes, it's taken nearly a year to sink in)...

Charges: As co-creator of “Lost” and co-writer of the monumentally terrible final episode, Lindelof first conjured a confusing yet entertaining sci-fi epic but then, despite its mechanical sound, the “Smoke Monster” turns out to be the ghost of the father of liberal philosophy, side plots about mental illness and alternate universes go nowhere, paper-thin characters inexplicably commune with the dead, and finally, in a clich├ęd, Old Testament-inspired supernatural battle, evil is defeated when a big rock dildo is crammed into a shiny hole by a handsome, emotionless doctor. And the whole damn thing—concocted entirely on the fly, with no eye toward resolution—from the plane crash to the time travel was actually just some brightly-lit, stained glass, feel-good, new-age, ecumenical afterlife delirium. Right. Fuck you, Damon Lindelof. Fuck you, for stealing 127 hours of our lives, giving us hope that television needn’t be utterly awful, and then shitting out the most hackneyed, series-diminishing, spiritually pandering, lowest common denominator deus ex machina to ever air on TV. Fuck you. Fuck you with a fake beard.

Aggravating factor: One of his favorite films is Bambi.

Sentence: Something incredibly convoluted, followed by a tremendously unsatisfying ending.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Radio Radio


Posted links to these on Meal Ticket recently, but here just for reference, a few fun little radio jawns you might want to listen to ...

- Jason Wilson, the WaPo spirits columnist whose Boozehound I’ve featured in CP, joined Colin Shearn of The Franklin on WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. They make her drink Green Chartreuse. Listen here!

- I sat down with Kishwer Vikaas and Gino Barrica of the Talkadelphia podcast to shoot the Philly food shit. Listen here!

- I joined food writers like Brian Freedman of Philadelphia Weekly, Kirsten Henri of Philly Mag, Friend of Meal Ticket Felicia D’Ambrosio and Collin Keefe of Grub Street for a taping of WXPN's LIVE at the Writers House. Listen here!