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Restaurant Review: Batard

Usually when all the critics love a place, I don’t.  Or if it’s one certain dish, it doesn’t live up to the expectations.  Not so at Batard. Of course, we didn’t go with the octopus pastrami – having had tons of octopus in Maui and thinking this was likely overrated.  Instead we tried the red…

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The Elusive Thin Crust Pizza

If I traveled to Italy to learn how to become a pizzaiolo, I likely could have finished this post sooner.  But since my goal was to sort through different recipes and flours, it took 6 months to figure out what worked for a thin crust pizza at home. Wanting an option if short on time,…

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Serving Up Suggestions for Super Bowl Sunday

It’s hard to believe that we’re already one month into the new year.  Time flies when your one week trip to Maui (without a computer) turns into two – not that I’m complaining.  We could’ve stayed longer, especially with the predicted blizzard that fizzled, but it was time to come back to reality, even if…

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What Happened to Dream Vacations?

Tulsa, Philadelphia, Orlando and Cleveland – all American cities, but what do they have in common? Each is listed as one of the 52 Places to go in 2015 according to the Special Issue of the Travel section in the New York Times.  Much different from last year, when they mentioned more far flung and…

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Paris Markets on Display and Under Cover

Rows of ripe tomatoes, pink radishes, ginger and chanterelles beckon hungry shoppers.  Dungeness crabs occasionally move, alluding to the freshness of the nearby turbot. Or as you stroll through the market, perhaps a fresh chicken or pig’s head or feet for dinner? And to start, there’s a myriad of terrines and pates to choose from,…

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Curing the Holidaze

Christmas seems to have snuck up on me this year.  Thanksgiving was late.  Lots of December deadlines leaving little free time (you might have noticed my posting has been limited to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).  The weather has been rainy with more on the way.  Gift-giving has seemed like a chore.  And the holiday just…