Monthly Archives: May 2007

So fresh and so clean

The combination of evenings alone in a foreign city, weariness from too much math, and boredom with the old blog layout got the best of me this week. On Tuesday night, I began to envision a new layout for my little papaya, and random spurts of tinkering over the last few days have resulted in […]


I’m in Toronto for nine days, and oh man it is good to be in a real city, to be able to walk down the street, passing through narrow alleys between brick mansions and into streets where cafes and pubs spill out onto the sidewalk so that passersby brush shoulders between the menu board and […]

Caramel catastrophe

I am d-u-m-b. Last Tuesday was my dad’s birthday. My mom wouldn’t be home until the weekend, so I planned a Saturday dinner to cook for him. I had hoped to secretly make his favorite dessert, chocolate souffl├ęs with creamy caramel sauce, while he was at the airport picking up my mother. All was going […]

May Gray

The weather has been awful here for the last week or so—cold, cloudy, and damp. It seems the June Gloom has come a few weeks early. It’s perfect soup weather, though, and Henning came back from the Talbot workshop at the end of March claiming to have enjoyed a black bean soup. Amazing, for a […]

Michael Pollan in San Diego

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, will be in San Diego to give a lecture on Tuesday, June 12. I’ve just finished reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, in which Pollan takes a hard look at four modern food chains, so as to ascertain what it is that Americans are really […]