Austro-Hungarian Mmmpire

Most dishes that I cook start with sauteed onions, garlic, and paprika in oil over low heat. It’s just my version of Mirepoix, and a distinction I’ve become notorious for.  Eastern-Southern European  cuisine is quite cozy with these flavours, and my intrigue in experimenting with them has grown vastly since my trip to Transylvania. I…

The Pliocene Era & Little Chicago

I decided on a whim to take a road trip to Johnson City, Tennessee. I’ve been several times but it was always arriving late for a show at the Hideaway that left little time to explore. Johnson City, as I recently learned, is called Little Chicago and there is a festival each year to back…

Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds

  Gunther von Hagens is a brilliant and incredible human. His personal history is just as fascinating as his professional portfolio and contributions to the medical world. He was born in Poland only days before his family set out for Germany in attempt to flee from post-Holocaust disastrous conditions and fast approaching Soviet Communism. The family was…

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s…

After visiting my sister and her hubs in Carbondale, Illinois I took a spontaneous side trail through Metropolis en route home. Who wouldn’t have? Metropolis has around 6,500 residents and is a center for archery, fishing, wildlife and game and is home of the Illinois’ First State Park, Fort Massac State Park, Mermet Lake State Fish…