I arrived in this weird Pacific Northwest city back in the early 2000s, settling into a house in Portland’s then-undesirable Northeast neighborhood. I remember being pretty dismayed with the food options in the area, venturing out one night, determined to find a great restaurant nearby. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a dimly lit corner spot on Fremont Avenue, where the menu at Acadia pulled me in, full of seafood and Cajun spices, and I stayed for both dinner and dessert.
Books that cook have really evolved over the last few years. A few – like David Chang’s tale in the Momofuku cookbook of fighting anger and shingles – plunge even deeper into the cooking/storytelling vein, revealing the heart of the kitchen where memoir and measuring cup collide.
René Redzepi: A Work In Progress is teetering on that fine line as well. The Copenhagen chef’s latest release, a raw glimpse into a leader and chef, part cookbook, part year-in-the-life tale of its star player and his role within the greater team.
On a random weekday evening, as I was flipping through the channels, I came across a showing of Austin City Limits, a grand performance series on PBS showcasing some of the finest musicians in the country. The episode featured a Seattle ensemble named The Head and the Heart, and with their stunning ACL studio performance, I was instantly a fan. Formed in 2009 thanks to an open-mic night at a local bar, the folky, heartfelt tunes from Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, and Charity Rose Thielen are touching but not overwrought, detailing the universal struggles between the head and the heart.
The magnitude of the show had my stomach in ropes long before Friday officially arrived. As I rolled through Chicago’s suburbs on the L-train pre-dusk headed toward Wrigley Field, the butterflies became a frenzy of activity, the main event nearly within reach. Fellow music fans packed the train’s car, anxiously, and some of them drunkenly, […]
‘Tis July, which can only mean one thing to a bartender – it’s nearly time for Tales of the Cocktail. Though I won’t be making the trek to New Orleans this year for the ‘tender reunion of all reunions, why not take a moment to raise a glass to those who put in long hours […]
It’s one of those stories you tell about that favorite band, the one you saw years back, when they were just starting out. The moment you heard the notes and knew that this band was something, that this music was unlike anything you had heard before. You stopped whatever you were doing and stood there […]
By the time the first few notes of “We Are The Tide” began to swirl through the auditorium, the crowd had already made it to their feet. Swaying back and forth in their seats throughout the evening, toes a-tapping, it had been a relatively even-keeled set, a bit of the pomp of the Oregon Symphony […]
Order a vodka-based cocktail in anything but a dive or nightclub these days, and you’re likely to get a wince of disdain from the drink maker behind the bar. Since the skyrocketing growth of craft cocktails and small-batch alcohols, bartenders have become ever more open about their dislike of the spirit. “What about something with […]
There’s been a marked increase in combo food/wine/music festivals over the last few years, from Graham Elliot’s “bistronomic” Lollapalooza to the music-centered Austin Food & Wine Festival, so much so that it doesn’t seem like much more of a jump to bring food and film into focus. Unsurprisingly, Lee Brian Schrager, founder of both the […]
Jumping around the photo pit at one of my brother’s concerts, press pass displayed on my chest, camera in hand, I hear all kinds of things from the crowd behind me while they’re smashed against the metal barrier separating them from me and the stage. I wonder which one she’s with. Who’s this? Where’s [enter […]
How could I not mention the epicness that is Colonel Sanders’s “accidentally” discovered autobiography? Those hard working marketing mavens over at KFC have not only unearthed the tome, apparently written by the Colonel in 1966, they’re publishing it, starting with a handful of Facebook posts leading up to the book’s release in early June. But […]
Experiencing busy streets full of construction work, trash bins overflowing after a happy weekend, and political stickers on every other lamppost are part of the process of rediscovering beauty – the beauty of a story, like an old kitchen cutting board where each line carved by the chef’s knife adds to the value of the […]
Momofuku chef David Chang and his publishing collaborator Peter Meehan made an appearance recently on “CBS This Morning” to discuss the thinking and planning behind their popular Lucky Peach quarterly. “So, what do you love about it, the whole idea of cooking?” host Charlie Rose asked Chang. “It’s the constant pursuit of perfection,” Chang replied. […]