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Simon Spire Food Manifesto and Coconut Collard Greens

If I learned anything from Ted Kaczynski it is that people love manifestos. This just served to reinforce it. People also love extremes. So last time it was the meat eating, Swedish “shoegaze electronic” innovators Fort Fairfield who “invited” you to the table in their Lonneberga cabin. This time it is Simon Spire, a vegan macrobiotic foodie who writes catchy alternative rock music while discovering […]


Fiending for Blueberry Baked Oatmeal, San Cisco, PacificUV and My Best Fiend

My last night in Pennsylvania featured a long evening of conversation between my mother and I. She told me stories of the past (J-Fur loves the one about how I held all my energy in at school so that when I got home I just exploded) and family history that I had never heard before. We also talked a lot about food and cooking. She […]


Food Flavored Song of the Day: Sweet (Potato Pie) by Brother Ali

Remember when Oso Negro rapped his recipe for Giriama Fish Curry? Brother Ali jumps on board with a song that includes half a recipe for Sweet Potato Pie. But that isn’t all there is to it… There’s beef… Common… Drake… …and a holiday hangover. Brother Ali-Sweet (Potato Pie) via Seattle in High Def    


The Local Dirt, The Caretakers, Theory Hazit and BBQ Tofu Quesadillas with Cigar City Smoked Salsa

On Thursday night the Roosevelt 2.0 hosted a magazine release party for the inaugural edition of The Local Dirt. The Local Dirt is published by Chefs Ferrell Alvarez and Ty Rodriguez (both from Cafe Dufrain) and farmer Cathy Hume. It focuses on providing a voice for Tampa’s local food movement. The release party included live music, free wine, food trucks and a tasting of Cigar […]


Where they Eat: Chocolate Robots and Giresi’s Pizza Factory

The Chocolate Robots, comprised of Matt, Mutt and Marco Giresi, probably find themselves at Giresi’s Pizza Factory in Sarnia, Ontario more often than they want to. Afterall, it is the pizzeria that their parents own and the one that all three work at. Along with their uncle, the three brothers man the kitchen meaning getting out and gigging can be difficult (no restaurant boss would […]


Movie Food: Julie and Julia’s Quorn Bourguignon

When I watched Julie and Julia a few months back I had no desire to replicate anything in the movie. It was chock full of blood and guts and defeathering and all kinds of other things I don’t like to stick in my mouth. But when I received December’s Vegetarian Times there was a recipe for Quorn Bourguignon (one of the few dishes that stuck […]


Alternative Voices: Ramen Noodles by Bob Beck

Alternative Voices are just that…posts written by other cooks I know (and trust). November and December are months in which I imbibe and eat at a furious pace.  It seems like there are always social gatherings for the holidays, birthdays to celebrate, and just flat-out being lazy because of the weather and feeling the need to nosh on some confections or crack open a seasonal […]


Lemon Curd and Sour Cherry Bars Browned by Blondfire and Belleruche

I have to admit, when I tasted the lemon curd in the middle of my birthday cupcakes I had a slight orgasm. Gross? Sure it was but I wasn’t the only one. That is how good it was. Not wanting to let an amazing thing go to waste, I froze the curd so that I could use it again when we returned from vacation. As […]


Carrot-Ginger-White Bean Soup Gingerly Impaled by Oso Negro and Levi Bazilio

Pennsylvania was cold. Snow joined me on my runs, the wind ripped right through my piddly little sweatshirt and most of the shorts that I packed stayed in my bag. When my parents-in-law offered a trip to the West Shore Farmers Market I jumped at the chance thinking there would have to be soup somewhere. After a short delay (an emergency vet visit to repair […]