Lower Eastside Food Delights

An immigrant food haven—that’s what the Lower Eastside of Manhattan is. It’s one of the few places that celebrates the food brought to this country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Alan and I visited food destinations that have been in existence since at least the 1910s, though some were started earlier: Russ & […]

Manhattan Cocktail Bars

Over three evenings in New York City, Alan and I visited our favorite cocktail bars—The Dead Rabbit in the Wall Street neighborhood and Amor Y Amargo and Death & Co. in the East Village. The Dead Rabbit is a world-renowned Irish pub. We went for drinks and fell in love with the food. A personal favorite: […]

NYC’s Tenement Museum

“We don’t need more recipes. What we need are more narratives about people.” —Michael Twitty, culinary historian and author of The Cooking Geneinterviewed in the Taste of the Tenement documentary Alan and I took two walking tours organized by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. “Outside the Home” discussed how immigrants shopped, banked, and read about the world in the local […]

Crazy Travel Planner

I’m completely nuts, but in a good way. That’s what my family says.   Several days ago, I returned from a trip to Scotland to visit my son, which was bookended with a weekend in New York City and a weekend in London. For an entire month, prior to leaving, I spent hours researching. Travel prep […]

First Date

I’m done with men. I said this over thirty years ago, but then something happened that changed my mind. On Friday, June 24th, I told the story of one of my first dates at a live event at the Shoebox Theater on SE 10th Street. It was a showcase featuring the members of a storytelling […]

Favorite French Show

My husband, Alan, and I share a dream to retire abroad and live in France. To prepare, I should study French like Alan is doing. Instead, I’m watching French television shows. Alan and I blasted through Standing Up, Spiral, and The Bureau. All were great, but I have to recommend The 7 Lives of Lea. The show begins when Lea, […]

April Showered Us With Holidays

For the first time since 1991, we honored four major holidays—Ramadan, Passover, Easter, and Vaisakhi—all in April. Celebrations began April 2 with the most holy Muslim holiday of the year, Ramadan, which continues to May 2. On April 13th, the Sikh community celebrated Vaisakhi, a holiday that marks the beginning of the harvest season and the birth […]

Duck and Matzah Brei

On a brisk morning in December 2018, I walked with my husband and son from the Liverpool Street tube station to the Heron Tower in London. We rode the elevator up to the 40th floor and arrived in the glamorous, yet rustic restaurant Duck & Waffle. It had astonishing views of London, but that wasn’t why […]

International Sedar

Fifteen years ago, I sat down to write my own Passover Haggadah, which is the script for the Seder. A Seder is where ritual meets dinner. We read from the Haggadah, dip bitter herbs in saltwater, eat matzah, and tell the story of Exodus. When I was a child, we used the Maxwell House Haggadah. The […]

T.C. O’Leary’s

My husband loves Guinness, so that’s what he’ll be drinking on St. Patrick’s day. I don’t drink beer, so I’ll opt for a wee bit of whiskey. We’ll imbibe at T.C. O’Leary’s, our neighborhood Irish pub, the spot for the best built Guinness in Portland. Owned by Thomas Christopher O’Leary, an actor known for the […]