Do you work for a living? Have you seen the recent presidential polls? Has your life not gone entirely as you had planned? Or, are you holed up in your apartment as a category-twelve murder storm trawls its way toward you? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, I'd like to introduce you to a little drink that will make you feel soothed and mellow and lull you through any anxiety-related sleeping problems. Relaxation and sleep when you need it: this is the gift of Bear Milk.
I discovered Bear Milk in Prague, in 1995. I don’t remember all of the details, but that’s only [...]
The first in a month-long series on the people and peculiarities of where we're from.
If you live in Brooklyn and have any kind of affinity for animals, the odds are fair that you’ve heard about Sean Casey. He operates his shelter—Sean Casey Animal Rescue (or SCAR)—out of a cramped storefront in Windsor Terrace. The no-kill shelter takes in around 150 animals per month, providing a service that too often can’t be served by official agencies. Stop by the shop and you'll see gerbils, hamsters and domesticated rats, lizards of all possible description, as well as chattering parakeets, lonely-looking cats and, lumbering freely along the floor at comically low [...]
Tomorrow night, when Kentucky plays Louisville in the Final Four, I'll be sitting on my couch in Brooklyn, and filled with the anticipatory feelings of a person who, born in Lexington and brought up to listen to what his grandmother tells him to do, eschewed smart bracketology to pick the Wildcats to go all the way. And I'll be eating beer cheese, a Kentucky specialty, with crackers and chips. It's a simple spread, and ridiculously easy to make, and I invite you to prepare some too, because even if you aren’t rooting for the 'Cats, or don’t care a thing about basketball, beer cheese is delicious—second only to [...]
It's easy to mistake duck for some sort of luxe specialty meat. The Chicken Industrial Complex holds near total dominion over the poultry aisle in our supermarkets, and we usually first encounter this most comical of waterfowl in a French or Chinese restaurant, if ever. In many cultures, duck is a staple, and visitors must be puzzled by its rarity here, like with lamb—or "futbol."
But you really don't need a lot of money, time or even skill to prepare duck at home. If you keep it simple with sides, this dinner can be made in under a half-hour. And duck is delicious too, especially the crispy skin, [...]
Are you a childless adult? Are you not charged with the care of any invalid friends or relatives? Do you live in New York, or some other place where it's possible to get decent groceries? Then listen, you have no excuse to ever buy jarred pasta sauce.
I can hear the complaints already:
YOU: I’m very busy and have no time to craft fanciful sauces! ME: No, you aren’t. Making sauce only takes around half an hour. YOU: But I’m too important to concern myself with such matters! ME: Fine, you’re excused. Go spend those I-Banker dollars on pasta prepared by professionals, and have it delivered to your [...]