Archive | February, 2013
The Handwriting of Honoré de Balzac

Balzac’s Writing Schedule and Epic Essay About Coffee

If you are a coffee enthusiast, you are probably familiar with “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee”, Honoré de Balzac’s grand essay about his deep relationship with coffee. He wrote, “Brillat-Savarin has correctly observed, coffee sets the blood in motion and stimulates the muscles; it accelerates the digestive processes, chases away sleep, and gives us the capacity to […]

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Vintage Restaurant Menus

Menus are fascinating because they really don’t discriminate. No matter where we are from or who we are, we have all picked up a menu to select something to eat at one time or another. Not only are vintage menus adorned with beautiful drawings and typefaces, but they showcase the foods of former eras.  Did […]

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Pâté Maison (pah-tay mā-zō) History and Recipe

Historically, (and today in many parts of the world) no part of an animal is wasted from the dinner table — a good example of this is bottarga, cured mullet roe from the Mediterranean. Another is French pâté. Pâté was first sold as a simple meat pie in food markets in ancient Greece. In its early form, […]

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The ‘Poor Man’s’ Caviar’: Bottarga

Bottarga, sometimes called the “poor man’s caviar,” is prized by award-winning chefs and by simple eaters alike — proving that when it comes to taste, the smartest ingredients often have humble beginnings. Bottarga is a fish roe pouch that is cleaned, massaged to eliminate air pockets, salted, pressed and dried for up to five months. This […]

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What to Read While on the Road: The Classics

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Simple Appetizers: Jumbo Prawns in Court Bouillon

Ingredients: 20 jumbo prawns, chilled, peeled and deveined 2 white onions, sliced 6 celery stalks, chopped 1 leek, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 3 bay leaves, crushed 1 tsp. thyme 1 tsp. whole peppercorns 4 Tbsp. kosher salt 2 qt. water 1 ¾ qt. chicken stock 1 cup white table wine lemon wedges (garnish) Method: In […]

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Art by Keith Haring

The Most Expensive Street Art | From Basquiat to Banksy

Street art has officially entered the world of fine art, regardless of your opinion on the matter. When once it may have been thought of as mere graffiti, street art has found a place within art galleries, museums, and on the walls of art collectors and aficionados. From the ever-elusive Banksy to the iconic work of […]

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Sayulita's surfing and beaching, Pacific Mexico

Sayulita, Nayarit, Pacific Mexico

Before sharing guide-booky info to help you navigate Sayulita, Mexico – what to do, where to eat, etc. – we want to first share with you a sense of place. The “tube” or “green room” is the term used to describe the hollow of a wave—it is exactly where a surfer wants to be. And […]

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Manama, Bahrain at sunset.

City Guide: Manama, Bahrain

First mentioned in Islamic chronicles in the year 1345, historical Manama is now the capital and largest city of Bahrain, at the north-eastern tip of the Persian Gulf island state. There is a strong colonial influence in the area, with Portuguese occupation in 1521 followed by Persian dominance in 1602. This lovely city is a […]

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