Spent a few days reporting in Spain during San Sebastián's annual festival and I am now 80% txakoli.
Goodbye, 2013. You were difficult and chaotic and wonderful, and it was nice knowing you!
A tiny review of Daniel Patterson's Coi, Stories and Recipes, that I wrote for issue #160 of Saveur, right this way.
The wholesale fruit and vegetable vendors on the outskirts of Bangkok's Khlong Toey market are listening to the radio, eating noodles in their downtime, reading the paper. Deeper inside, butchers are at work and men push carts of live animals--white ducks in cages, nets jumping with frogs, tubs of fat eels. Over a charcoal cooker, a woman burns the feathers off small chickens then presents them beautifully, heads still on, twisted back and tucked behind the wing.
This is strange and beautiful and I'm putting it here to keep it safe.
A charming 1943 guide to Mumbai, sent over by my aunt. The booklet was produced by the Hospitality Committee in Bombay for soldiers arriving to the CBI Theater and includes advice such as avoiding overripe fruit and intoxicating drinks.
More pages here.
After Monday's news that NYC is moving toward mandatory composting, I wrote a story for the New York Times about restaurants that are already food-scrap recycling and others still figuring out the details. All of the chefs I spoke with, even those who aren't recycling scraps, are concerned with their garbage output.
OK here's the story (and a pretty good excuse to rewatch that Futurama episode with the giant garbage ball, yes?).