Category: Articles

  • Victory Through Dog Power

    Victory Through Dog Power

    Here’s a fun item from my blog, 1meps.com, about Medford, Oregon’s destination hot dog cart: Chuck Reeder, of Medford, Oregon, is a believer in street carts. “But I’m a hot-dog cart killer.” He says eight of his competitors have gone out of business since he started Victory Dogs in 2012. While we are talking, he’s…

  • Love, in a takeout container

    Love, in a takeout container

    A couple of days ago, when the northeast was buried under many feet of snow and ice, I was driving across southern Alabama. The sun was bright, and the Gulf of Mexico sparkled like diamonds and sapphires. There were miles of warm, empty sugar-sand beaches, but I couldn’t stop. I was too hungry. Instead of…

  • Life without refrigeration: Your ancestors did it

    Life without refrigeration: Your ancestors did it

    About five years ago, I wrote an article entitled, “No More Fridge-Free Living,” about how we decided to stop buying expensive ice for our icebox and put a cheap dorm fridge in the cockpit of Flutterby. It was a temporary solution, but we used it while we refitted the boat for two and a half…

  • A Tablespoon of Happiness

    A Tablespoon of Happiness

    “It’s the fruitcake of stew,” said the young man in a chef’s hat, stirring a gigantic pot over a propane burner. His companions from the Altamaha Technical College Culinary Arts program laughed, but they all nodded their agreement. That Saturday morning in November, I’d gone looking for the tiny Brunswick, Georgia farmers’ market, and instead…

  • Sleeping Policeman

    Sleeping Policeman

    Reprinted from my travel blog, www.mepsnbarry.com. On the side of the road, up ahead, I saw a small sign on the ground that said, “Elotes.” I was wracking my brain, trying to remember what that word meant, when I noticed what was above it. A black-and-white road sign with a symbol on it, looking like…

  • How to eat all day long and not get fat

    We recently drove from Vero Beach to Titusville, Florida with some friends we met at the marina, Don and Joan. The four of us wanted to watch the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery. Joan had done her research on where to go, but with 100,000 people expected, we’d have to drive up hours…

  • The five-hundred year vegan diet

    I recently told Barry I wanted to experiment with a special diet. Based on some of the purification or “detox” diets I’d read and heard about, we would remove a bunch of foods from our diet for two weeks. Then we’d add them back gradually, to see whether we notice a difference. Here’s the list…

  • Cookie rapture

    This is just a brief Christmas eve photo essay, before I move onto making all my favorite Christmas Eve buffet finger foods. Barry and I received the most precious package of homemade cookies the other day — a beautiful, fragile batch of ultra-thin, crispy Sand Tarts. Here we are, enjoying them! Thanks to Donna and…

  • Baaaaad Chinese

    I’ve never written a review panning a restaurant before. But I’ve never had a meal this bad before. We were hungry for lunch this morning while out running errands in Beaufort. Imagining a nice plate of something with a lot of broccoli, I suggested Chinese food. We had tried Taste of China and found it…

  • Happy Peanut Butter & Jelly Day!

    Today, April 2nd, is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Whether this is a real holiday or a bogus one, it gives me a chance to write about two of my favorite foods and two of my favorite people. If you are from overseas, you find American peanut butter “ghastly,” to quote British writer Annie…