Author: Julie Niesen

Review: Wildflower Cafe, Mason

Review: Wildflower Cafe, Mason

Three times in one week.  I suppose that if I was trying to be a professional restaurant reviewer, every restaurant I’d go to would be visited a minimum of twice before I wrote about it.  Sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn’t, but three four times […]

Review: Baconnaise and Bacon Salt

Review: Baconnaise and Bacon Salt

A few months ago, the guys behind Baconnaise and Bacon Salt offered me a PR package– try our products and write about them.  Easy enough.  Our delivery guy at work delivered me not one– but TWO PR packs of Baconnaise.  I have enough Baconnaise to […]

Celebrate International Bacon Day!

Celebrate International Bacon Day!

So, Saturday is International Bacon Day! I can’t think of a better day. Except, perhaps, International Gin and Tonic Day. So, how are you going to celebrate? Baconnaise? Bacon vodka? Porkopolis gelato from Dojo? Maybe my bacon-filled baked beans? Let me know your supreme bacon […]

Sad news: Sheila Lukins, co-author of The Silver Palate Cookbook, dies

Sad news: Sheila Lukins, co-author of The Silver Palate Cookbook, dies

Wow, last Friday’s recipe was timely– Sheila Lukins, who co-authored The Silver Palate Cookbook (with Julee Rosso) 27 years ago, died on Sunday.  The Silver Palate, as I mentioned in my Chicken Marbella recipe post, was the cookbook that introduced many Americans, and in particular, […]

What’s your Food Threshhold?

What’s your Food Threshhold?

Everybody has something they won’t eat. Everyone has food they’re uncomfortable with. For some folks, it’s animal products (I have several good v*an friends). For some folks, it’s anything that isn’t “normal”; normal defined by good old American meat and potatoes. There are those that […]

Recipe: Chicken Marbella and Beer-a-rita

Recipe: Chicken Marbella and Beer-a-rita

I will not be pigeonholed into simply “restaurant blogger”, and everyone knows I’m far too busy to be a consistent “recipe blogger”.   I just like food, darnit, and I write about it.  So here’s a recipe from the restaurant blogger. Recently, we had a couple […]

Aqua now Ichiban

Aqua now Ichiban

A little birdette told me she noticed, as she was driving by Aqua, that Aqua is now orange and called Ichiban. Apparently they also had all of their furniture in a dumpster, so I guess they’re redecorating. They’re up on OpenTable and described as Japanese […]

Mini-Review: Dojo Gelato Porkopolis
Review: Nicola’s Neighborhood Special

Review: Nicola’s Neighborhood Special

One of my colleagues told me several weeks ago about Nicola’s Neighborhood Special.  I sort of blew it off– until I went to Nicola’s and ate at the bar one evening as I helped entertain out-of-town work guests.  We had what is essentially the special– […]

Thoughts about Food: Milk

Thoughts about Food: Milk

I sort of hate drinking milk. That’s not true: I despise it. As a kid, I didn’t do milk and cookies. I don’t like the flavor of milk. I don’t like the texture of milk. I’ve been brainwashed into thinking that milk will add extra […]

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