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Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats

I am getting on my bandwagon today, because this topic just keeps hitting me in the face lately. I’ve read a few of the books out there about the true cost of cheap food, and cheap products in general.  Like so many things that seem wonderful at first glance, that “too good to be true” … Continue reading

A Supermarket Tale

It seemed simple enough. I was nearly out of green peppercorns, the ones packed in brine, so I added them to my grocery list.  I don’t go through them quickly, but every now and then, when I’m splurging on a nice steak, I like pungent green peppercorn sauce, the kind you might find in a … Continue reading

Dear Restaurateur…

Dear Restaurateur…

Could this be your restaurant described below in a recent plaintive letter to the editor of the Princeton Packet? I reproduce it below with the permission of the writer, who hit the nail on the head. On behalf of legions of diners, we beg you to start printing your specials, and with prices. I actually had one restaurateur … Continue reading

Holiday Ruminations

Holiday Ruminations

I wish you all a Merry Christmas (or holiday of your choice) and a happy and healthy New Year. And of course I hope you will enjoy some truly delicious meals with your family and friends this time of year. A shared meal should be so much more than just the food on the table; … Continue reading

Meant to be

It would seem there was always a restaurant critic locked inside me, waiting to come out. I had to laugh when I recently came across my handwritten notes from a dinner I enjoyed, back in 1993, at Luchento’s Ristorante, on Route 33 in Milllstone. The place (under different ownership now), was legendary for its huge portions … Continue reading

Tasting menus taken to task

Don’t miss Pete Well’s great piece about the proliferation of tasting menus menus in today’s New York Times. It’s an interesting subject to someone like myself, who has usually ordered à la carte, but is noticing more and more tasting menus with grand ambitions, including locally – the Peacock Inn has pretty much totally moved to that, as … Continue reading

No, no, Mark, say it ain’t so!

I’m in shock.  Today marks the end of Mark Bittman’s Minimalist Column in the New York Times.  Mark, Mark, how will we continue without you? Well, it won’t be cold turkey, fortunately.  We’ll still find him in the Opinion section (where he will advocate for good food practices and policies), and also, he assures us, … Continue reading