World Cup 2014 roundup 1: heartbreak and comfort foods.

Welp, that was quick and embarrassing. Longtime readers will remember me following along with the 2010 World Cup and Spain’s march to victory, and it was a thrilling thing to behold. La Furia Roja has played well since then, taking another Euro title in 2012 and just falling short to Brazil in the Confederations Cup last…

08.07.13: dinner (squid with burst tomatoes, via Tom Colicchio.)

Last week was not particularly enjoyable: besides being grey and kind of cold for August, a succession of events left me feeling pretty damn defeated by the end of the week. In an effort to boost our spirits halfway through, I did what I usually do when in need of some self-care: I poked around on the…

El sabor de soledad, Michael in England edition.

It was with very mixed emotions I said goodbye to Michael a few Saturdays ago—I was off to Pennsylvania for some early-birthday celebrations with my family, while he was getting ready to head to England for a near-week-long trip. This wasn’t the longest he’s ever been away, but it is the furthest, and not having…

La cuina de Catalunya: tapas recommendations from Barcelona Wine Bar.

Ever since I started seriously reading through Andrew Coleman’s Catalan Cuisine a few years ago with its gentle rejection of the tapas culture found elsewhere in Spain, the quasi-misnomer of Barcelona Wine Bar here in CT (and now Atlanta!) has kind of bugged me. If tapas aren’t a big thing in Catalunya, then why name a tapas…

6.26.11: dinner (pericatelli con frutti di mare)

I have a confession: there is a distinct possibility that pasta might be boring me ever so slightly. This isn’t so much against the pasta itself so much as I find myself a little bored with sauces. It’s summer, so the default topping I always seem to fall back on is some combination of tomato, basil…

08.28.10 (tapas and A GIVEAWAY!!)

This time last year saw us frantically scrambling in our beloved New Haven apartment as we packed and cleaned and squeezed all of our possessions into a U-Haul on our trek to Manhattan (and this was after only finding out where we were moving to eight days prior to our move-out date). The month of…

06.06.10: calamari.

I have extolled the virtues of squid here before.  Alton Brown has also devoted not one, but two episodes to this tasty cephalopod.  I tend to put this critter in the no-guilt category: it’s inexpensive, sustainable, high in protein and low in, well, bad stuff.  I don’t have a deep fryer, nor do I seek…

The glory of calamari.

“My master is a many-armed cuttlefish” -Caliban from Dan Simmons’ “Ilium”. Okay, squid isn’t the same as cuttlefish.  Sure, with octopi they are all cephalopods, but the similarities end around there.  Maybe it’s an Italian thing, but I love squid and until recently, I thought the only way to enjoy it was out of the…