Once, when I was 15, my father spent five hours sleeping on a bench in Disney World. He said he had caught the “bird flu,” and ever since then I’ve been on my toes about birds of all kinds. It’s how I show I care. First we loved them and then we hated them. The […]


Think you’ve tasted the truly toxic? Eat this, Britney

Food poisoning takes what, an hour to kick in? Maybe 30 minutes? Ten? But what happened to me this summer wasn’t food poisoning. It was food paralysis. What happened to me was too sinister to be food poisoning, which is unfriendly but also uncomplicated. With one lick of the last ingredient (the recipe for my […]


One part food, one part France, three parts personality

Whetting My Appetite The soul of a restaurant lies in its menu. The Union League’s is a concise list, with one dish for every requisite taste. “Escalopine de sauman sauvage”: salmon dish, always popular. “Filet de boeuf ˆ la mo’lle”: beef dish, also very popular. “Poulet aux olives vertes”: chicken dish, for the unadventurous. “Casserole […]


Confessions of a dangerous palate: A love letter

More than once, I have been accused of manslaughter. I’ll tell you now that I’m innocent. I’m not like those other girls, who after the killing tear through flesh and bone to the one delectable part that matters — the heart — still pulsating, still warm, still aching. After the slaughter comes the feast. Man-eating […]


Can Nikkita’s eclectic variety ward off an identity crisis?

Before eating at Nikkita, you must get a few things straight. Nikkita is NOT a Japanese restaurant, despite the Japanese-sounding name and blackboard-drawn sushi menu. Nikkita is NOT a Mexican restaurant, despite the Mexican party music and colorful murals in the background.ÊNikkita is NOT a diner, despite the vast menu, unfocused but well-intentioned waitstaff and […]


Four steps to having your tuna — and eating it, too

Ah, the power of food. (The American Dairy Association’s slogan, “Ahh, the power of cheese,” is too specific for this month’s column.) Freud posited that, as infants, we only learn to love our mothers after we bother to notice that the milk-pumping bubble has a woman behind it. If babies knew how to talk, they’d […]


Dave Lieberman — recipe for success?

Somewhere between the creepy staginess of the Iron Chef and the even creepier attraction to/revulsion toward Emeril, there lies a level of culinary cool. Nigella Lawson has it. In her Sept. 17 cooking column in The New York Times, she describes fruit as “luscious” and pudding as “nirvana,” and she declares, “I like a little […]

Short Feature

Yale puts itself in ‘JEOPARDY!’

Scores of Yale students stepped out in the unflagging New Haven rain Tuesday to take a test that could determine their future. Not the LSATs or the MCATs. Not even an ordinary Yale midterm. It was, instead, the “JEOPARDY!” contestant pretest. The “JEOPARDY!” brain bus had arrived. The pretest was conducted in a steamy tent […]


YHHAP fast raises $6.5k for 12 charities

Eight hundred and ten Yale students accustomed to swiping cards for food chose to forgo the dining halls Thursday in order to raise money for those who can’t obtain meals as easily. The Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, or YHHAP, raised $6,500 for charity in sponsoring its bi-annual fast. Students who signed up for […]


Gateway offers free computer skills class

As high-tech gear encroaches on daily life, AOL Instant Messenger jargon litters conversation, and the world expands its cyber-web, it can be easy to forget those who were left in the dust of the “digital age.” Gateway Community College, on the other hand, has not. Despite budget problems and a lost sponsor, Gateway is continuing […]


Protesters decry war spending

Anxious New Haven taxpayers gathering their 1040EZ, 1099, and W2 forms received yet another piece of paper Tuesday as they went to mail in their returns: a flier that said the government is misleading the public about how it uses tax money. Six protesters, mostly over 60 years old, gathered at noon in front of […]