Dining in the Dog Days of Summer [Elbows on the Table]

Eating seasonally is the simplest way to improve your food and cut down on your carbon footprint. There is a reason why that factory tomato shipped from South America you slap on your turkey sandwich in mid January tastes like gooey plastic sludge. It’s because it isn’t meant to be....

In Defense of Bread: A Love Story [Elbows on the Table][Best of FaN]

Author’s Note: When you want to cause a stir in politics, bring up government spending.  No one is right and everyone is wrong.  We are taxed too high, spending’s too low, too much money goes to parks, not enough on research… the shouting will never subside. If you want to...

A Wine Drinker’s Guide to Beer [Elbows on the Table]

Until this past year, my beer knowledge was limited to Natty Light kegstands on University housing porches. In years when my bank account hovered well below sea level, I enjoyed Guinness for dinner but mostly because it had lots of iron, was cheap and filled me up like eating actual food. My...

Fuck, Marry, Kill: Kitchen Edition [Elbows on the Table]

I grew up in a commercial kitchen that also included a fully stocked “prep” kitchen one floor up, two walk-in butler pantries and a detached dry food storage as large as a garage behind the house. I was not reared in a hotel or army base but with a mother who believed why do less when you can...

Southern Comfort [Elbows on the Table]

There is a reason why all great southern literary works, like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Confederacy of Dunces, all take place during the blazing, humid months of summer. There is something special about summers below the Mason Dixon Line. It is a place where second...

A Menu of Two Cities: Food Culture in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles ...

There is nothing like paying a visit to your hometown to make you feel like a fish out of water. I really do not know how I survived in D.C. as long as I did in a lot of ways. My mother is the quintessential D.C. political glamazon. She has big, beautiful blonde hair that is never out of...

If Music be the Food, Play On [Elbows on the Table]

Food and music are two of the few things in the world that are universal. Sure some people don’t like peanut butter and some people don’t like polka. There is no person in the world who does not like music or does not like food. Both can evoke more than what they are. When you...

On Wine Tasting: Sex, Solvang and When Good Wine Tastes Bad [Elbows on...

Vacations in my adult life have been merely a guise for my love affair with food. Last week I celebrated my 20-something birthday by going to the San Ynez Valley. The valley, made famous by the movie Sideways, grows some of the best burgundy style grapes in the country (your Pinot Noirs,...

You’re an Awesome One, Ms. Misewicz [FIERCE ANTICIPATION]

FIERCELY DREADING Christmas.  I hate to be that person (everyone knows one), the Grinch.  The one who cannot get into the spirit of the season no matter what magical Christmas miracles are happening all around.  I have spent most of my life successfully avoiding any yuletide cheer.  When I...