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The Garret

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Prohibition came with it a lot of negatives; crime, poor quality alcohol, the ruination of a lot of excellent legal brewers and distillers, for example. But the image of prohibition drinking, particularly in the hidden speakeasies of the time, is romantic. Who doesn’t want to enjoy a cocktail in a cozy space off of the beaten track? Even bathtubs full …

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Lower East Side Pickle Day

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I’m spending most of the fall in New York this year, and one of the benefits is the chance to experience different foods and culinary events. The Lower East Side Pickle Day allowed me to combine my love of all things fermented and my love of urban geography into one fun event. Pickling was a key food preservation technique for …

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The joy of culinary bookstores: The Good Egg

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I was recently in Toronto, and as part of a little food crawl through Kensington Market, I had the good fortune to pop into The Good Egg, one of Canada’s handful of culinary bookstores. Though online shopping has hit brick and mortar bookstores very hard, there is nothing quite like browsing through shelf after shelf of culinary writing and cookbooks. …

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Lamington Cake

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I’ve been encountering all sorts of interesting foods on my research trip to the UK, and this morning I decided to try one that has been cropping up on my path quite regularly: Lamington cake. What is interesting about this cake is that it isn’t from the UK at all, but is instead Australian in origin. A Lamington cake consists …

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The automat

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Travel is a great way to explore other ways of doing things, but sometimes it can also be a way to experience our own past as well. I am in the Netherlands right now, and one of the highlights so far was a visit to a FEBO automat. The automat, a form of dining in which food was purchased with …

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Pann’s

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I’ve posted before about my fondness here before for Googie Architecture. This style sums up the optimism of the 1950’s with sweeping rooflines, cartoonish signage, and interesting blurring of inside and outside. I was hoping to spot some interesting Googie buildings in LA, which is where the style really began. However many of these structures are now gone, as they …

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On the trail of the Sazerac

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I’ve been away from my blog as I’ve been on the road, traveling to New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. One of the things I love about traveling is the experience of exploring other local foodways, and all three of these cities are rich in interesting culinary history and innovation. New Orleans is a particularly wondrous city for a …

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Found Architecture: Barn Stars

In Architecture, Canada, Travel by Lenore Newman2 Comments

I’m taking a weekend off to catch up on some reading on the Sunshine Coast, and I was thinking about how different it is to be in a rural setting where I am a local. However, thinking back on our travels on the East Coast, sometimes being an outsider makes the mundane visible and novel. In particular I am reminded …

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Daytrips: Bowen Island

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I love cities, but every now and then it is nice to get beyond the city walls for some quiet and fresh air. Throughout history part of the charm of urban life has been the occasional escape, and the wealthy have always maintained a separate set of digs beyond the city in order to avoid high summer temperatures, plagues, and …