Cook a Book: The Help

“I tell her to eat my shit…Soon as I put that pie down on the countertop, Miss Hilly smiles, thinking it’s a peace offering, like that’s my way a showing her I’m real sorry bout what I said. And then I watch her. I watch her eat it myself. Two big pieces. She stuff it … Continue reading Cook a Book: The Help

Cook a Book: Harry Potter

When everyone had eaten as much as they could, the remains of the food faded from the plates, leaving them sparkling clean as before. A moment later the desserts appeared. Blocks of ice cream in every flavor you could think of, apple pies, treacle tarts, chocolate eclairs and jam doughnuts, trifle, strawberries, Jell-O, rice pudding– … Continue reading Cook a Book: Harry Potter

Cook a Book: The Great Gatsby

I took him into the pantry…Together we scrutinized the twelve lemon cakes from the delicatessen shop. “Will they do?” I asked. “Of course, of course! They’re fine!” and he added hollowly, “. . .old sport.” To me, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby has always been a very yellow book. Lemon, sunshine, butter, honeybees, Gatsby’s car … Continue reading Cook a Book: The Great Gatsby


Handcrafted Kryptonite Lock holsters.  Hair Salons for l’Homme.  Leather business cards.  More square inches of tatted skin per capita than any other population.  Enter Portland, Oregon.  Some places are just worth checking out with some time to blow and a notebook in hand, and when you’re not of legal age in an artisan bar capital, … Continue reading LOST AND UNDERAGE: PORTLAND

BARE Reviews: Sushi Secrets

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a sushi purist. Not completely, of course–the occasional elaborate, punny-named, “Asian fusion” roll still catches my eye–but in general, when it comes to sushi, simplicity is the key to my heart. So when Sushi Secrets, a fast-casual restaurant whose main draw is its wide array of packed-full sushi … Continue reading BARE Reviews: Sushi Secrets

Smitten by John’s

Dude, I love John’s Ice Cream. Especially their birthday cake flavor, oh man…too bad, they upped the price by 25 cents, but I guess $1.25 isn’t too bad. Ube is good too, and Susan said Thai Tea is her favorite. But yeah this article isn’t about John’s, it’s about the place I went to yesterday — … Continue reading Smitten by John’s

My Time in the Middle East

I left California to begin my long journey to the Middle East to visit my family in Jordan and Palestine. I will be traveling for three weeks, and can’t wait to document my time there. For the first stop, I flew out of LAX to the airport in Istanbul, Turkey. After a long and tiring … Continue reading My Time in the Middle East

Bakery Review: Cakes and Purls

The cupcake boom is far from over in California, and while Berkeley has yet to see the opening of a Sprinkles store, it does have a quaint cupcakery of its own – Cakes and Purls, located on Allston Way (between Oxford and Shattuck). This weekend I was feeling nostalgia for the ubiquitous cupcake stores of … Continue reading Bakery Review: Cakes and Purls

Flavor of the Month: Pumpkin

As the temperature lowers and I find myself leaving my place with more and more layers of clothing each day, there seems to be one thing that keeps me going this chilly October month: pumpkin flavored everything! I have spent one too many nights at cafés these past few days with a pumpkin spice latté … Continue reading Flavor of the Month: Pumpkin

DIY Café Au Lait

A single tear slowly and dramatically streamed down my face. First thing this morning, catastrophe struck my world when I saw my biology lab grade, soon to be a permanent splotch on my pretty little pre-med transcript. My roommate, bless her heart, suggested I go get a latté at my favorite café, but I didn’t … Continue reading DIY Café Au Lait