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Happy chocobars

I live two blocks from a chocolate bar factory, and eight or so blocks from another one (Cadbury and Neilson’s). But I live miles from a brewery or distillery. Life’s funny like that. Tonight I was walking down the street past the candy bar factory and there were happy, smiling chidren on the street across from the chocolate factory. So ... Read More »

Reinventing the Automat

Redbox Debuts at Baltimore-Washington Airport I remember that we had an automat in Bangor. It’s a dim recollection of putting nickels and dimes into machines and having pie and hot chocolate with someone (my great aunt?) as a little kid. But by then, I am sure that the hot food was gone (other than dispensed soup), replaced by a coffee ... Read More »

From Page to Screen

Did the movies butcher your favorite book? They certainly did mine. The Outsiders is probably one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. The acting was atrocious, the writing was poor, and the pacing was slow. These are legitimate criticisms. And while the Harry Potter movies aren’t considered the best adaptations ever, my friend’s complaint was that they left too ... Read More »

Martha Stewart Gets Screwed

Martha Stewart has big name celebrity CEO status and some prosecutors plan on making big names for themselves by taking her down. Read More »

Diet Doctor Knocks Noggin, Expires

Dr. Robert C. Atkins, 72, the low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet guru, died several days after suffering a severe head injury during a fall: Atkins died Thursday at the New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center after falling on an icy sidewalk April 8, said his spokesman, Richard Rothstein. He underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. Atkins first advocated his ... Read More »

I’m Just Here for the Food

Alton Brown's foray into celebrity cookbook writing, coming out somewhere between Julia Child and BoingBoing. Read More »

“Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution”

Do not view tonight’s “American Masters” program on an empty stomach. It might even be advisable to have some (healthy) snacks handy. The documentary profiles cook and author Alice Waters and explains how her ideas changed how many of us view food. This isn’t a typical PBS cooking show (check local listings), even though there are recipes on the website. ... Read More »


There’s nothing for pure animal pleasure like good barbeque. MMMMMMMM ribs. Da blooze, meat, hot sauce, a nice beer. Hmmmmmmmmm, endorphins flowing in total Homer mode. And how lucky am I that this bounty is only a couple of blocks away? Read More »

Please make sure you panic

Sloppy shaved jar dudes. In recent days, New York officials have offered a wide array of confusing advice: Watch out for men who have nicks on their faces, perhaps the sign of an Islamic terrorist who has shaved his beard to blend in. Beware of anyone carrying jars of mayonnaise into the subway — they may actually be holding chemical ... Read More »

Pretenders to the Throne

With her legal problems swarming like avenging dust balls, I find I dislike Martha Stewart less now. Perhaps it’s simply because she has been keeping a lower profile so I haven’t had to deal with her craft-nazi smugness, or perhaps she is less smug now with the prospect of prison and ruin hanging over her matricianly mane. Nonetheless, she is ... Read More »