Category: Trends

Farewell Tai Cheong Egg Tarts

I read a really sad little announcement in the newspaper this morning. Tai Cheong Bakery, in Hong Kong, is closing on the 25th of May, after 51 years in business. Tai Cheong, famous for its […]

More Shameless Self-Promotion

Earlier this year, a good friend working in a publishing house emailed me and asked if I’d be interested in contributing to a book on hotels. The book, it turned out, had been commissioned by […]

Proustian Berries

During the summer of 1994, I was lucky enough to land an internship with the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Even better, the studio apartment that I subletted from a friend who was studying there—she […]

Kitchen of the World

I was in Thailand over the weekend, having gone there to check out uber-health spa, Chiva Som, in Hua Hin (more on that in a later post). The drive to Hua Hin from the airport […]

Chocolate Nemesis Part Deux

Ah, I’ve just discovered that The Guardian has kindly posted Mr Barnes’ essay on the Chocolate Nemesis here in case you want to read it. Enjoy!

Chocolate Nemesis

One of the best food books I’ve read recently is Julian Barnes’ The Pedant in the Kitchen. Here’s a shot of its cover (click on the image to go to the Amazon UK site to […]

Making Pasta

A couple weeks ago, I tried making a batch of homemade ravioli. I used a DK Pasta book (I know, I know, that already should have been an indication of sure failure) for the dough […]


I’ve realized that while I’ve subtitled this blog “Musings on Food, Wine, and Marriage”, I really haven’t done any real musing. So, here’s something I’ve been mulling over. A little while ago, I was thinking […]

My Favourite Ham and Cheese Sandwich

I mentioned in my last post that my last couple of trips to Italy have been to Venice. While that’s true, unfortunately, those trips have been work trips. So, instead of enjoying what many consider […]

Cooking With Truffles

The first time I ever ate a truffle was when I was eight years old. My family had been invited to attend a friend’s annual Christmas party. Among the many canapes being passed around on […]