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When Sushi Breaks Your Heart — Part 1

When Sushi Breaks Your Heart — Part 1

Neon bowls of sushi came fast and furious along the conveyor belt. Strange dishes whizzed by, leaving the faint, pungent aroma of wasabi and ginger. I reached toward one and noticed what looked like eyes winking at me. I jerked back. Why is the sushi […]

How to Savor Instead of Just Eating

How to Savor Instead of Just Eating

The affair began with an e-mail invitation. “Special offer this week just for you. Full Rack of Ribs for just $15.95. Make a reservation.” There was nothing special about the invitation. Firebirds Wood Fire Grill sends similar emails each week, hoping I will bite. I […]

San Miguel de Allende — The Price of Redemption

San Miguel de Allende — The Price of Redemption

Guilt is an opinionated dream crusher with better stalking skills than a student loan bill collector. It caught me one January evening as I sat on the park bench in San Miguel de Allende. Smiling, I watched a mariachi band serenading a middle-aged couple groping […]

When Food Is Love

When Food Is Love

Love was the last thing I expected to find when I walked into Kepley’s Bar-B-Q. A cluster of white faces looked up expectantly and warily as the aluminum door squeaked behind me. I scanned the menu on the wood-paneled wall. A pound of vinegar-based, pork […]

Food Is a Platform For Storytelling

Food Is a Platform For Storytelling

James was all I knew of Laos. He and dad became best friends in 1987 when they both worked as janitors at a golf course and country club owned by former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. James came to the United States through Vietnam and could […]

Akumal — What Cucumber Sandwiches Taught Me About Kindness

Akumal — What Cucumber Sandwiches Taught Me About Kindness

“What part of England are you from?” the woman asked me as she sat down at the table across from me. “The colonies?” I joked. “I thought everyone here would be English,” she said. We gathered a week ago at Turtle Bay Bakery –Brits, the […]