How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Three. Yes, three is the answer. At least according to Eric Silverstein and his wandering intellect for tasty things. This reformed lawyer, now chef-inventor from The Peached Tortilla, marries the unlikely to the irresistible. He plays the fiddle of American border cuisine with an Asian accent. And in the process, lays out a passion for distinct tastes. Like a set of domino blocks which form an intricate pattern. A road from […]
Branding is an art form and a science. It’s a way of evoking an emotional response by a seller through a queue to associative memory of a buyer. (Think Pavlov and his dog). The signal can be musical (e.g. the Intel chime). Or it can be odoriferous (e.g. the melded perfume from Lush). It might be lyrical (e.g. “we’ll leave the light on for ya” from Motel 6). And it might be visual (e.g. Nike’s swoosh). Building connections between these symbols and […]
Chicago is deep and round. New York, wide and leathery. Naples, bubbly and scantly dressed. But Detroit is a city of red tops. An ear-deafening crunch. Sharp edges and sharp cheddar. Oreganoed and oiled with garlic. This pizza bakes in a 500 degree oven not far from where iron was smelted, steel stamped and vehicles rolled off the factory line. This is the hidden treasure of the Motor city just behind the auto-industry, soulful blues and Greek-town. Done right it […]
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A boy sits alone. His fingers press the soft, musty pages so that the spine nearly creases. In one breath, he exhales the weight of day: the noises from the other room; the taunting from school; the meagerness of his lunch. He plunges into the story, head, heart and all. His feet land on an island swarming with pirates. The salty breeze gives way to damp boots of sailors who hunger for gold at any price. This is a world […]
Vincent grew up eating hot dogs with applesauce. Most people shudder at the thought. The purists demand mustard but realize that ketchup is how most American children take their wieners. How is it that little Vinnie mixed the favorite condiment for pork chops with a beefy link? The reality is that his mother was cooling the temperature of Vincent’s lunch by instructing him to put applesauce right on the steaming hot dog. And now as a man, it’s a pairing […]
Tom Douglas is a Seattle food genius. His restaurants cluster around a couple neighborhood blocks in downtown Seattle. He mesmerizes diners through clever, simple dishes. The most notable is pizza. Serious Pie is a place to dive into pizza theater based on concepts from your grandpa from Naples and a dimly lit speakeasy. Simple ingredients showcase on bubble dotted crust. But what you may not appreciate at first bite is the intellectual game he is playing. Your teeth sail past the crunch of perfectly baked dough. Flavors of kale, […]