Month: January 2016

Good Food, Good Friends

The scene at the Good Food Mercantile–a meeting of forward-thinking retailers and crafters inside Fort Mason Center.  Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of volunteering at a tasty series of activities with some time to catch up with both old and new friends: the Good Food Awards. Back in the day as an Outreach and Communications Intern, days at the office sometimes looked like this. You know, a little reorganizing, a little Google Doc-ing, a little snacking on dumplings. I was back in town to reprise my role as an usher, which I compared somewhat to being Miss Golden Globe, except I really just wanted to make sure that all the right people were on the stage at the right time. (My goal was to remain undetected, but the photographer approached me at the end of the ceremony and called me a boss for running up and down the stairs so many times. So, there’s that.) This is my very high-tech seating chart to help me distinguish the different winners in the audience, across categories ranging …

January 2016

It’s been a while (like, last summer) since I had read enough (besides the daily swoops through sites like McSweeney’s Internet Tendency) to be able to put together one of these posts. Luckily, hibernation mode is quite conducive to book reading, so I’ve been doing some catching up lately. This issue is just a win-win. Lucky Peach is my favorite magazine and breakfast is my favorite meal. Throw in some kooky illustrations, a story about Mickey Mouse pancakes, and how people from across all the time zones chow down in the A.M, and you’ll be craving a breakfast burrito (or maybe that’s just me). This title piqued my interest because it combined my nerdy, Middlebury-induced interest in Political Science with the food side of things. Unfortunately, this book got really old after a while–I much would have preferred to just read a long newspaper or magazine article. The premise is that for several reasons, Americans waste a lot of food and use too much gasoline. Basically, we think we’re too cool for school. I also …

A Look Back at 2015

Tortilla espanola, salmorejo, crab and avocado salad from a cooking class in Sevilla with my parents. My 2015 was full of tasty travels. A scroll through my iPhone photos made me a little bit dizzy, so I’ve distilled a few snapshots here to reflect on the past year–where I’ve been (mostly Northern Italy) and what I’ve been eating (pizza, of course). Oh, Gennaro’s pizza, how I miss you. The crust, so perfectly chewy. You would think you couldn’t possibly eat the whole thing in one sitting, and then next thing you know, it’s disappeared. There were a few times when I went three times in a week…  a slippery slope for sure. School lunch doesn’t get much better than this, folks. I have to say, I didn’t have much of a liking for radicchio (among other things) before my year in Bra, but now I sure do. Some of my colleagues developed a habit of dipping the fresh bread into the daily yogurt–I thought that was a bit strange, and just twirled my pasta to my …