Ranch Nation – The New York Times

How one creamy, peppery salad dressing became America’s favorite flavor.

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Before Food Trucks, Americans Ate ‘Night Lunch’ From Beautiful Wagons – Gastro Obscura

T. H. Buckley inside one of his lunch wagons.

They were the ancestors of the modern diner.

Source: Before Food Trucks, Americans Ate ‘Night Lunch’ From Beautiful Wagons – Gastro Obscura

The Sistine Chapel of Comic-Strip Art – The New York Times

On a beer-splotched wall of a Midtown sports bar, a forgotten relic from the heyday of cartooning, featuring Beetle Bailey, Fred Flintsone and some jokers from Mad magazine. With cameos by James Thurber, Ernest Hemingway and Marilyn Monroe.

Just a spoonful of sugar.

Just a spoonful of sugar.

Souvenir from Garfunkel’s, a restaurant in London’s Piccadilly Circus. I wanted to have it sitting on an image of Mary Poppins, but couldn’t get the lighting right.

I ate at Garfunkel’s right after an apparent bomb threat in Piccadilly Circus in August 1998, and perhaps during it. I had just been taking a photo of one of the square’s statues and when I looked around I found I was in the middle of a taped-off area. For some reason the police didn’t notice me there in plain sight. Troops were marching into the square and I quickly got on the good side of the tape. Police were pushing everyone further and further back from the area, and when I asked an officer how far we should go, he said, “It depends on how much you want to live.” They stopped pushing just before Garfunkel’s, and it was supper time, so I supped there. The staff told me bomb threats were a common occurrence and everyone had a sheet of questions to ask anyone calling in with a threat. I couldn’t find anything in the news about the incident afterward.

I was in London for the Babylon 5 Wrap Party. Harlan Ellison served me black pudding in his pajamas there, and I got to put a tipsy James White to bed one night.

The statue photo was the last one on the roll and didn’t turn out, of course.

 

Coyoty eats pork with grilled cornbread.

At Seviche in Pittsburgh, PA in June.

Pork with grilled cornbread and root vegetables.

Conch fritters.

Caipirinha.

Seviche’s interior.

Seviche’s patio.

Coffee.

Seviche’s menus.

Coyoty eats boneless braised short ribs and boozy hot chocolate.

At J. Timothy’s Taverne in Plainville, CT.

“Incredibly tender boneless beef ribs, mashed potato, garlicky spinach and apples, laced with burgundy demi glace”.

I forget the liquor it was originally served with, but I supplemented it with Woodford Reserve Bourbon.

That guy in the back is just someone I work with. Ignore him.

Coyoty eats The Bernie.

At m&m bistro in Hartford, CT.


Bernie Sanders burger: “Roasted and pickled jalapenos, spicy Vermont cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and sweet pepper aioli on a New England muffin.” Includes fries, baby gherkins, and a charitable donation to ShatterProof.org.


Coffee, cream, and sugar.


Presidential Burger Primary menu.


Interior.


The bar.


Serving window and kitchen.


Interior.