Thoughts on My Year of 94 Books

Posted on: December 31st, 2022 by
Books and bookshelves from an old building in Florence, Italy.

One Hundred. The thought occurred to me that if I really pushed I could hit 100 books read for 2022. But so what if it’s 94? Though 100, triple digits, is a milestone number, it’s not a failure if you don’t summit. I’d be happy to climb 94% of Mount Everest (and come back alive [More]

The Longest DJ Residency…Ever?

Posted on: July 6th, 2022 by
International Fountain at Seattle Center with water shooting all around on a sunny day

While sweltering in my Greenpoint, Brooklyn apartment a few years ago, I started listening to a DJ’s mixes for the International Fountain at Seattle Center. I liked the chill, mostly instrumental vibes; seamless and mildly hypnotic. Best of all I could daydream about frolicking in a fountain in the temperate Seattle summer rather than getting [More]

My Morning Oatmeal with Cayenne, Ginger, and Cinnamon

Posted on: February 1st, 2022 by
bowl of spicy oatmeal with beries

I have strong feelings about the spicy oatmeal recipe I’ve deployed every morning for at least the past two years. The makings of this habit started when I was a contractor at Google’s Chelsea (NYC) office in the old Port Authority Building. I eventually found my way (not easy at first in this enormous building…) [More]

Around The Year in 80 Books

Posted on: December 23rd, 2021 by
Picture of bookshelves to accompany a story about best books 2021.

I didn’t intend to read 80 books in 2021 to make for a nice little headline. It just turned out that way. Thanks to a(nother) year of isolation* both willful and ongoing pandemic-induced, my days are highlighted by three daily bibliotivities: Early morning walk accompanied by an audiobook. Early evening (shorter) walk accompanied by an [More]

Botanically Delicious Soda

Posted on: May 31st, 2021 by
Casamara Club Amaro Soda

Ready to step it up from flavored fizzy water? Eschewing alcohol but still craving that bittersweet pucker of a spritz or negroni? Chill down a bottle of Casamara Club Amaro Soda. Delicious and very food-friendly. Four flavors are available; I found the differences quite subtle. (Naturally I got the variety case to sample the quartet.) [More]

3 Extremely Non-Boring Booze-Free Fizzy Waters

Posted on: May 11th, 2021 by
Sanzo Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Waters

Nothing wrong with plain-old fizzy H2O. But when flavor calls, you are duty-bound to answer with any of these three non-alcoholic sparkling waters. Here variety is the spice of life, imbued into every can of of clear, fruity, subtly savory, low- or no-sugar fizz bev. Sanzo Paraphrasing its website, Sanzo is an Asian-inspired sparkling water [More]

Overlooked/Underrated: Godello

Posted on: May 9th, 2020 by
Monastery at Bodegas Godeval, a notable producer of Godello.

My latest missive for VinePair takes a look at a white wine grape, Godello. Its home is Galicia, on the northwest coast of Spain. I’ve got the story behind the grape’s preservation, its more familiar friend, and five bottles to check out. Have a look: Why Chardonnay Fans Should Consider Godello You’ve probably heard of [More]

BBQ Beyond Beer

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by
Fire and Wine is a cookbook for wine lovers.

I would never turn down a beer beside my brisket, but there’s a lot to be said for paring wine with your grilled and/or smoked meats. So I was excited to get my copy of of Fire and Wine: 75 Smoke-Infused Recipes from the Grill with Perfect Wine Pairings. Even better, my friends Mary Cressler [More]