I Scream

Photo Credit: Wolcott, Marion Post, photographer. Library of Congress. The origins of ice cream can be traced back to at least the 4th century B.C. Other early references include the Roman emperor Nero (A.D. 37-68) who ordered ice to be... Read More



Collapsible aluminum chopsticks and rest with pouch. “A truly exciting contemporary design! These ultra cool, ultramodern chopsticks are slender, sturdy, lightweight and compact. For storage or traveling, just unscrew them in the middle and put them away in their fabric... Read More



Etymology The word varies in spelling; variations include barbeque, BBQ, and Bar-B-Q. Smoky Hale, author of The Great American Barbecue and Grilling Manual (ISBN 0936171030) traces the word back to its Caribbean roots in Taino (one of the Arawak family... Read More



“Well if you wondered why NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown had gone a bit quiet, we’ve been taking a much earned break down in Cornwall on another of our Celtic tea tours. The Cornish consider themselves to be Celts and have their own Celtic... Read More


The Art of Eating

“There are 1,500 bakers in and around Paris, and nearly every one makes baguettes. Yet hardly any baguette is a classic baguette. French bread is gradually recovering from the flavorless hell of white bread into which it descended in the... Read More


Decapoda Crustacea

“Want some sea food, mama! Shrimpers and rice, that’s very nice!” –Fats Waller, American blues singer “I shall be but a shrimp of an author” –English poet Thomas Gray in Sketch of his own Character, 1768 “A shrimp who sought... Read More


Rick’s Cafe

Play it, Sam: Bogart as Rick and Dooley Wilson as Sam in “Casablanca.” CASABLANCA, Morocco (CNN) — You must remember this: Rick’s Cafe has just opened in Casablanca. Not the one in the movie, the first ever real one in... Read More


Meatballs with Lingon chutney and vegetables

“Every child in Sweden say that their Mum’s meatballs are the best tasting meatballs you will ever eat! Traditionally the meatballs are served with freshly stirred lingonberries, creamed gravy/sauce and boiled potatoes. This is one of many a nice recipe.... Read More


High Cuisine

Air Moldova meal, photo taken by Jennifer Gibson “Not bad. Chicken in a tasteless orange-colored sauce – mustard? flavorless curry? What looked like French Fries turned out to be spaetzle (I think). I am basing this judgement on the chewy,... Read More


Amedei Porcelana

“I recently purchased a bar of Amedei Porcelana chocolate. Fog City News sells them for $11 here in San Francisco. When a bar of chocolate is individually numbered in a limited edition, you know it is going to be expensive…... Read More