Philly

A few months ago, while a moody winter hiccuped erratically across the Eastern Seaboard, I blew the proverbial fuse and blasted off our Brooklyn island and unto uncharted territory at the wheel of a Zipcar. Poor Marie had been tied up at her computer with aggressively lively deadlines, and I just had to see the…

Truffle!

This was Marie’s outrageously delicious gift recently, once-in-a-lifetime splurge – or maybe more, who knows, hard to resist once you know the way. We accommodated our truffle six or seven different ways, my favorite being a very simple pasta dish which reminded me of a fun dinner at Manhattan’s A Voce years ago when Marie’s…

Coney Island in the Snow

Jonas, the whale of a storm that engulfed the Northeast this weekend, has sailed on to meet the Atlantic Ocean and worry some boats. According to the Weather Channel, New York City’s Central Park recorded some 26.8 inches of snow, second only to the 2006 storm – and by only one tenth of an inch – in the…

The Namaqualand Bloom, Part 4 – The Ghost Farm

From picturesque Nieuwoudtville we drove up a low dorsal in the fields, etched with mesmerizing green and orange patches, and doing so we left the Namaqualand proper behind, having changed provinces, switched weather patterns, traded low lands for higher grounds and returned to the Karoo which had been my first off-the-road crush when I initially visited South Africa.…