Happiness by Carl Sandburg

One of my favorite poems by Carl Sandburg from his book, Chicago Poems. HAPPINESS I ASKED the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell me what is happiness. And I went to famous executives who boss the work of thousands of men. They all shook their heads and...
Grapefruit

Grapefruit

  Whenever I eat citrus fruit, I feel like I’m eating part of the sun. Today we take access to oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes and other citrus for granted. California’s oranges weren’t widely available until the mid-late 1800s when the...
Grating Coconut for Sticky Rice Dessert

Grating Coconut for Sticky Rice Dessert

It’s been years since I used a Thai “rabbit” grater. I brought mine out storage to grate fresh coconut for a sticky rice dessert that I prepared for a four-course Thai meal at Julian in March. The grater is referred to as “rabbit” because...
KC Ale Trail at Kansas City Bier Company

KC Ale Trail at Kansas City Bier Company

  During American Craft Beer Week, I discussed KC Ale Trail with a small group at Kansas City Bier Company. Each person received a signed copy of the book. James Stutsman, marketing manager for the brewery, also gave a tour, poured bier samples and answered...
Soju and Seafood at ChoSun Korean Barbecue

Soju and Seafood at ChoSun Korean Barbecue

The best way to learn about Korean food, drinks and culture is firsthand experience in Korea. However, meeting new Korean acquaintances at ChoSun Korean Barbecue is a more practical and fun alternative to an expensive, hours-long overseas plane flight. I met Christy...