Friday, May 01, 2015

Unpronounceable Entrées and the Ethics of Cake Destruction

Four Courses Podcast - Episode 16

Sppppprrrrrinnnnnnng! Once the weather lightens up, there's so much more to get out and do, food-wise. OK, everything-wise, but that's not what we're about. Want to know what we are about? Then click over to Four Courses and listen to Episode 16!

Topics include Yemanja Brasil, the Spring edition of "Our Favorite Drinks", the shoddy reputation of wedding food, and a very careful chat about how one should tip when there isn't a server in play. We go out on a Sell Me On... segment in which the herbs of the season are passionately advocated for. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Aquatic Adoration and the Greaseball Banishment

Four Courses Podcast - Episode 15

There are countless foods that appeal to me, but there's a special place in my heart for shellfish. Maybe being born in Baltimore has infused my blood with Old Bay seasoning, or maybe I was always destined to fall in love with crab, lobster, mussels, etc. etc. Happily, we set aside some time to talk about it this month, along with so much more, so why not head over to Four Courses and give Episode 15 a listen?

Topics include Juniper (both for a crawfish boil and their regular menu), the ups and downs of rum drinks, the aforementioned ode to shellfish, and a fun discussion of what makes famous food names a Cook or a Personality. We go out on more sea creature talk, as we attempt to win each other over to the oceanic animals that aren't as popular on our dinner tables. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Salmon Fury and the Tower of Spice

Four Courses Podcast - Episode 14

The cold weather continues, and has driven us indoors. Whether it's heaps of meat or heated breweries, we're doing the best we can to assure our caveman brains that we're going to be all right. We've got a range of topics and new segments starting this month, so tootle over to Four Courses for Episode 14. Or...just subscribe to us on iTunes and/or Stitcher and we'll appear like magic!

This month, we talk about Stacked Burger Bar, the beers at Perennial Artisan Ales, the way that mood can affect our cooking/eating habits, and which foods are best homemade versus getting them at the store. We go out on a brand new Carryout format, and introduce a culinary gladiatorial competition as well, so be sure to tune in! Email us at with any feedback, and be sure to suggest more combatants for the Battle Royale!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fireside Spirits and the British Literary Deception

Four Courses Podcast - Episode 13

It's a brand new year, but just in case you haven't noticed, it's still kind of...WINTER. The chill in the air naturally affects how we eat and drink, and this month's episode is a good one for topics regarding cold-weather feasting. If you don't have a subscription to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher, you can always stream it through our site, so go give Episode 13 a listen.

Topics include Lemongrass (a Vietnamese restaurant in the South Grand area), Our Favorite Drinks: Winter Edition, and a discussion about the various meats and methods that go into cooking roasts. Dessert focuses on books with memorable eating scenes, and finally, in the Carryout, we set our food resolutions for the upcoming year. I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to email with any feedback or suggestions for other topics!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Check, Please

The new year is always a time for self-improvement. Among my other goals about weight, organization, and so on, I've made a couple of entertainment-related resolutions as well. One of those promises is to consume less cultural "homework". I am, in my heart, a completionist. That's why it takes me so long to finish video games; I'm always off making sure I've collected all the feathers and delivered all the notes.

That streak has also unfortunately led to a lot of wasted time as I watch, read, and play things I'm not really enjoying, just because I feel like I've made some sort of tacit agreement to stick it out. 2015 is going to contain less of that, and the first thing to be snipped is the rest of this season of Top Chef. I'm bored with it, I don't feel like I have anyone special to root for, and there's really nothing interesting to write about it here on the blog. So, I'm afraid this is goodbye to the Boston season.

That said, let's not end this on a sad note. The time I save by axing boring shows can be better spent on shows I'm actively enjoying, and I have to heartily recommend The Great British Baking Show. It was named The Great British Bake Off when it aired several months ago in Britain, and I have no idea why PBS changed the name for its airing in America.

Each episode centers around one type of baked good, and contains three challenges: The freestyle (in which the bakers are allowed to make pretty much whatever they'd like in the given category), the technical challenge (in which they must recreated a given recipe with only minimal information provided), and the showstopper (in which they make a intricate showpiece).

After two episodes, I'm already hooked. The competitors are genial and talented. The judges are firm and direct without being assholes. The challenges are well-planned. OK, the two hostesses are annoying, but they're mostly ignorable. Whoever is in charge of shooting the show needs about seventy awards, because it is insanely beautiful.

I'll review the whole season over at the Slice of Lime when it is complete, but for now, if anyone would like to chat about this disappointing Top Chef season or this wonderful import from England, here's the post to do it in. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Blackened Tongues and the Christmas Calamity

Four Courses Podcast - Episode 12

It's absolutely incredible to me that we're coming up on an entire year since my friend Kyle and I launched the Four Courses podcast. We all know that time flies, but I expected it to fly at the speed of an airplane, not the speed of a laser beam. My obsession with food and cooking continues unabated, so if you haven't downloaded it already, here is Episode 12, submitted for your approval.

Topics include the cozy atmosphere of Elaia, the best drinks for winding down at the end of the evening, the food-related disasters that have befallen us over the years, and a spirited debate over restaurants with a policy of not accepting reservations. We close out the year by revisiting the year's food resolutions to see how well we did at keeping our promises. I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to drop a line to with any questions, comments, feedback, or suggestions!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Thanksgiving Tune-Ups and the Parsley Dispute

Four Courses Podcast - Episode 11

We've already had our first blustery snow days blow through, so it's almost officially time to bid adieu to the best season of the year. Before we do, though, we had one more harvest feast to celebrate - a little thing called Thanksgiving. We're at the peak of the food year, and Episode 11 has arrived just in time.

Topics include Fast Eddie's Bon Air, the essentials for both a home bar and a well-equipped herb/spice rack, and food trends that are dead and gone. We close with a nod to Thanksgiving by soliciting recommendations on how to update the use of cranberries. They're due for a change. Please enjoy, and feel free to drop a line to with any questions, comments, feedback, or suggestions!