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My Friend Josh

March 21, 2016 | By Adam Roberts | 0 Comments

One of the best people that I know is my friend Josh Phillipson. You may recognize Josh’s name because he was the one who urged me to start The Amateur Gourmet in the first place. When I took Craig to Atlanta for the first time, Josh and his wonderful wife Katy hosted us. Josh and Katy have two of the most adorable children you’ve ever met, Lucy and Bea. And last May, when Craig and I got married, Josh and Katy flew all the way across the country to help us celebrate.

Now Josh is facing a battle with cancer, specifically Ewing Sarcoma. It’s an aggressive form of cancer and, despite having health insurance, it’s a very expensive ordeal. And though you don’t know Josh personally, if you enjoyed reading this blog at any point over the past 12 years, I ask that you donate some money to help Josh and his family. You can make your donation and read more about Josh by clicking here.

Chowing Down in Charleston, South Carolina: FIG, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Butcher & Bee and Husk

January 27, 2014 | By Adam Roberts | 18 Comments


“Things like that happen in Charleston.”

That’s what a woman working at a kitchen store said to me after something extraordinary happened to me right in front of her. It was one of two extraordinary events that I’m going to tell you about in this post all about my time here in one of America’s great food cities. I was brought here by South Carolina Tourism as part of a larger trip that’ll encompass Columbia and Greenville; but this post is all about my 48 hours here in Charleston.

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No French Fries After 40 (A Birthday Trip to Belfast)

August 29, 2013 | By Adam Roberts | 7 Comments


[My friend Dara Bratt, an award-winning filmmaker, kindly offered to write a guest post about her recent trip to Belfast. How could I say no? What follows is an epic story of treacherous bridges, overflowing pints of Guinness and a meal so extraordinary, it had to be consumed twice.]

For my husband’s 40th birthday, I surprised him with a trip to Belfast and the rest of Northern Ireland. His dad, who passed away before I met him, was born there, and Kieran had never been. To execute this mega-surprise, I had the support of his mom, and in Northern Ireland, my cohorts were Kieran’s cousin Judith and his Uncle Peter.

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Liveblogging Lunch: Final lunch thoughts.

May 1, 2013 | By Adam Roberts | 1 Comment

Lunch at Spring on the Upper West Side was serviceable, pleasant, if slightly uninspired. Sitting outside, though, was a treat on this gorgeous day; it was also a treat to spend time with Lisa and Sam. And to blog the whole experience on my phone. Thanks, technology!

Liveblogging Lunch: I got the Tuna Nicoise.

May 1, 2013 | By Adam Roberts | 3 Comments


Liveblogging Lunch: Lisa got the taco salad.

May 1, 2013 | By Adam Roberts | 1 Comment


Liveblogging Lunch: Bread is here!

May 1, 2013 | By Adam Roberts | 2 Comments


Liveblogging Lunch: Which salad should I order?

May 1, 2013 | By Adam Roberts | 4 Comments