Who Was Stendahl the Food Writer?


The other day, at another used book store (this one in Atwater Village), I stumbled upon the cookbook you see above and what caught my attention wasn’t the picture or the title but the name of the author. Like Madonna or Cher, here was a food writer with a one word name. Are there any other food writers with one-word names? I can’t think of any. So I opened to the back flap to read more. Here’s what I found.

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Tasting Notes: Flemish Sour Ale, Delirium Tremens, Centine Toscana


My literary muscles have been flexed thoroughly on the subject of food, but not so beverages. And yet I drink beverages every day. I am drinking beverages right now! (An overly sweet Chai tea and a glass of water, for the record.) Last week I decided to throw my hat into the wine/beer writing ring by taking notes upon sipping from various bottles. What follows are my tasting notes for the various beverages I tried. I hope you will find them as useful and insightful as my regular work here. I hope to make this a regular feature.

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Friday Food Links (4/12/13)


I took that picture last week from my car window while driving through Atwater Village and though Instagram amped up the color just a tiny bit, I’m still really proud of it. All of that pink from the tree and the blue from the house? Maybe I should retire and become a professional Instagrammer of people’s houses and trees.

In the meantime, I’ve blogged up a storm all week and don’t feel the worse for wear. Maybe that’s because all of these posts were really fun to write. And not only have I been blogging up a storm, I’ve also been bookmarking up a storm in anticipation of this Friday round-up. So buckle your seat belts, I’ve got lots of links and videos to share with you.

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Let’s Eat Flowers!


An e-mail arrived from Chloe, our beloved neighbor and resident gardener: “Hi Adam, Sometime this week when you step outside, please see the purple sage blossoms by your little herb garden. Pick a couple and eat them. They have a lovely flavor. Chloe.”

I have to confess: I didn’t follow these instructions because despite what you may have heard about me, I’m not a big flower eater. Then, a few days later, I ran into Chloe in the garden and she led me over to the flowering sage and encouraged me, once again, to eat a sage blossom, this time in person. How could I say “no”?

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60 Second Meals

Tonight I thought I had an original idea: a web show called “60 Second Meals” where I’d make a meal in 60 seconds. Then I thought, “I better go on YouTube and make sure such a show doesn’t already exist.” Turns out it does and I’m kind of obsessed with it. It has a David Lynch meets John Waters vibe that may or may not be intentional. I hope you get as much of a weird kick out of it as I did.

Friday Food Links (4/5/13)


This week was a fun one for me. As you probably noticed, I amped up the blogging to try to get back into the original spirit I had at the start (back in 2004) where posts didn’t have to be precious and perfectly-crafted. So some of this week’s most successful posts (in terms of comments) weren’t posts I would’ve normally done, like the one about feeding your pets at the table or improvising a smoothie. Now I’m going to do something I don’t do enough: a round-up of my favorite food links from the week. Before we get to that, I should explain the cheesecake above. That was from an Easter Brunch I attended on, well, Easter and the woman who made it said the secret was using two extra packets of cream cheese. So there ya go! Now on to the links.

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I Can Cook Too

I’m about to make dinner, but after discovering “On The Town” on Spotify this morning I found myself Googling the show (it’s one of Leonard Bernstein’s first musicals) and reading about Lea Delaria’s scene-stealing performance of the song “I Can Cook Too” in the 1998 revival. There it is above and I liked it so much, I had to share it here. Also: I think it’d make a swell theme song for a cooking show.