Apr 2nd, 2008
7:07 pm
April 2nd, 2008 | Uncategorized
Burning Down the Traif

As I briefly mentioned earlier, I stopped keeping kosher this summer while I was in Israel. It’s a long story. But since then, I’ve been enjoying all kinds of previously forbidden delights, from chicken parmesan (delicious) to pasta with mussels (delicious) to fast food cheeseburgers (unbelievably greasy and really not all that great).And so far, […]

Mar 24th, 2008
7:31 pm
March 24th, 2008 | Uncategorized
The Backstory: Review of Central Steakhouse

Faithful blog readers deserve to know the truth: As much as I try to cover for it in the article, I think it’s pretty obvious that I forgot to order steak when I was reviewing Central Steakhouse. It was not a strategic decision — it just didn’t occur to me or the person I was […]

Mar 9th, 2008
6:38 pm
March 9th, 2008 | Uncategorized
Top 10: Underrated

If they went to high school, they would have been the kids sitting ignored and alone in the cafeteria who actually had awesome secret lives where they were in rock bands and had hot girlfriends. Okay, maybe those kids didn’t exist, but these coffee shops and restaurants do. 10. Booktrader This bookstore-slash-coffee shop is undeniably […]

Mar 6th, 2008
11:18 pm
March 6th, 2008 | Uncategorized
Gettin all up in my grilled vegetables

My mom took me out to lunch at Claire’s recently, selected based on proximity and because my mom is a vegetarian. To be honest, it wasn’t my first choice. I haven’t had great experiences there in the past — some bland soups, and occasionally ridiculously slow service — though it’s never been terrible either. But […]

Mar 5th, 2008
3:49 am
March 5th, 2008 | Uncategorized
Coffee Tales, Part 1: The Publick Cup

A new name apparently means new high school students working behind the counter. A few days ago, a friend ordered a mocha latte from an eager-eyed boy in a newsboy hat and tie-dyed T-shirt. “Oh, we don’t serve those anymore,” he said. “What?” said my friend, incredulous. “Just kidding!” said the young barista. “I like […]

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