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Vintage Cookbooks: Nibbler Lorraine Wishes and Tomato Aspic Dreams
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 1 March 2010
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There’s just something about old cookbooks. It’s not the recipes, although they certainly can be gems. It’s the history. It’s the handwritten notations in the margins, the dog-eared pages and the hyper-saturated photographs.

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 5 February 2010
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Life is full of disappointments. Some are the result of personal failures (bad relationships, not being good at sports) others are self-evident (drug addiction, “Ernest Goes to Jail”). Here are a few of mine.

Scale
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 4 December 2009
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For Thanksgiving I had ants. Tiny tiny tiny ants. About the size of this asterisk – * – and far too many to keep a close count. To be more specific, I don’t mean that my feast was invaded by unwanted unsects. No.

Cooking with Betty Crocker is Child’s Play!
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 19 November 2009
Stats: 8,221 views and 5 Comments

I have a vintage cookbook addiction. I simply can’t resist any pre-1965 tome, especially one so jam-packed with line drawings not only of kids cooking “Whiz Nut Bread,” but also chickens drinking chocolate sodas.

An Accidental Tourist in Japan’s Uncanny Valley
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 4 November 2009
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In Japan, standing and reading at a newsstand is a regular pastime. It rivals sleeping on the train or simply getting drunk as the salaryman’s favorite way to unwind after work.

Ambushed by a Cuppa: Those who drink “Ronin” will think “Ronin”
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Posted in One Million Watts on 2 November 2009
Stats: 17,996 views and 2 Comments

I can’t watch this Robert DeNiro thriller without wanting a coffee. The beverage shows up in nearly every dialog scene. Even in the scenes where there isn’t any coffee, you can see the characters thinking, “Man, a coffee would be nice right about now.”

Seattle, je t’aime
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Posted in Seattle on 13 October 2009
Stats: 18,179 views and 8 Comments

I love Seattle in its every drippy molecule. Even during the gray months — which is half of them, pretty much — my love for Seattle flourishes. Just off the top of my head I can easily call off ten reasons why I’m crazy about this city.

Eat or Be Eaten: When Dining in Japan, Avoid the Stew
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 October 2009
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I wasn’t sure if it was possible to be allergic to organ meats, but over the course of the year I’d discovered that I was allergic to cherry blossoms, my futon and air and water in general, so my claim didn’t seem to be that far-fetched.

Leaving Spamalot: Taking a Joke Too Far
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 September 2009
Stats: 9,641 views and 6 Comments

I’ve never eaten a single bite of Spam in my life, yet I probably have more goofy stories surrounding the iconic slab of preserved, pork product than most people living outside of Hawaii or Guam.

Confessions of a Former Fast Food Employee
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 2 September 2009
Stats: 26,605 views and 7 Comments

You can blame McDonald’s for fat kids, mad cows, and Morgan Spurlock, but you’ll have to blame me, too. I was there. I made your Big Macs and poured extra salt on your fries simply for the beauty of it.