A BONA FIDE SUSHI PLETHORA DILEMMA

By Larry Levine – I can hear the sarcastic groans of sympathy even before I write these words. But I’m suffering with a sushi plethora dilemma. There are too many excellent sushi restaurants in my life. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know; there can’t be such a thing. So, how... Read More

A BRATWURST BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A SAUSAGE

By Larry Levine – Stop at 40 sausage shops in Germany and ask for bratwurst; there’s a good chance you could get 40 different sausages. That’s right. Bratwurst is not a name of a specific sausage. “Brat” is German for chopped meat and “wurst” is German for... Read More

15 TOP PICKS BY READERS IN 2012

By Larry Levine – Can you name 132 countries? I can’t. I tried it recently and topped out somewhere in the mid-80s. The venture was precipitated by information that came to me by way of Google Analytics: The online food magazine you currently are reading... Read More

LET’S TALK DELI / stop claiming what’s new is old

By Larry Levine – Let’s talk deli – Jewish deli. It will be a discussion inspired by the latest edition of Bon Appetit. The cover of the September issue touts: “Holy pastrami. The Jewish deli is back.” That’s more than enough to pique my curiosity and send me... Read More

REMEMBERING DAVID SHAW / a hot dog retrospective

By Larry Levine – It couldn’t be said that we were close friends. What tied us together were our love of food and journalism; our friendship existed mostly in emails and phone conversations about those two subjects. We were two guys who dined in many of the... Read More

A SUSHI LOVERS’ GUIDE TO SURVIVAL IN TOUGH TIMES

By Larry Levine -It’s been a tough 13 months or so for sushi lovers. First, the Fukushima nuclear power plant poured radioactive iodine and cesium into the ocean off the coast of Japan. Anything that lived or swam in those waters – things like Japanese uni, saba... Read More