July 2024


Whatchamacallit 166: Lactose Pills

As a member of the lactose intolerance community, the pills inside this bottle are critical for making my love of cheese possible.

Funny enough, I carry two kinds of lactose pills around: these, which I buy in Germany, are nice because it carries a large number of doses in a relatively small package. The […]

Whatchamacallit 156: Martin Luther as a cookie cutter

In 2017, Germany celebrated Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the reformation.

I observed the celebration by going to Canada.

Before I left, I did buy Martin Luther as a cookie cutter – which is displayed on the shelf behind my couch. It has never been used for its designed purpose.

Even I, […]

Whatchamacallit 151: molinillo

Back in December 2018, I spent a week in Bogota, arriving on December 24th, departing on December 31st.

It was an extraordinarily nice, low key, vacation – including a graffiti tour on Christmas Day, a food tour, a post-conflict tour, and a trip out to view the countryside.

Really, it was generally fantastic.

The […]

Whatchamacallit 146: Apple Crumble by Moonshine Creek

Last September I spent a week in Quebec: I flew to Montreal, rented a car, slept off jetlag, then drove north – but while I tend to think of the vacation as being in Quebec, the fact remains that I spent my second night in Campbellton, New Brunswick.

Whilst there, I did a little […]

Whatchamacallit 63: Bo Innovation Menu

Back in April 2014, while in Hong Kong, I went to my first Michelin three-star restaurant – Bo Innovation.

It was a treat – and the most expensive meal of my life up and to that point – for our travels.

Looking at the menu, which I had framed and is now on display in […]

Whatchamacallit 37: Pasta.

Back in February, when I started to realize that Covid-19 might become incredibly serious, I decided to invest in food with a long shelf life.

Yes, like many other people, pasta.

Happily, six weeks into the crisis, I have not yet opened any single package of pasta – I have my original supply, including […]

Taipei Trip Objective Achieved

I might note that the cream in the balls of the penis cake had a salty tang to it.

At the Shilin Night Market.


Some Great American Meals

Sorry about my silence, but I was busy in Orlando, and then once I left Orlando I was incapacitated for a day or two: whilst in Bloomington I had my eyes examined and a tooth filled. Thankfully my Bloomington Dentist is totally awesome and very patient with my irrational behavior. Since getting back to Germany, […]

Shetland Islands – Unst

Welcome to Unst

Now that I’ve left the Shetland Islands, I have better Internet access, although, honestly, it was fine at our first port-of-call, Baltasound. I was just too busy to take the time to write anything – other than postcards.

Baltasound is a community on the island of Unst, the northern most occupied […]

Seeing the Chocolate for Chocolate, but not its form!

A couple weeks ago, just before Easter, I took a long lunch and wandered by Berlin’s branch of Galeries Lafayette, the French department store. It’s actually quite convenient to my office and since I had forgotten to prepare a dish for a party I was attending, it’s basement boutique grocery store gave me the opportunity […]