A Meeting of Great Minds in Missoula

Journalists hiking near Missoula, Montana The wide sky stretches across the Earth—from parched canyons and amber hills to the craggy tips of the mountains that make the West. This West. Our West. A land that swaddles me in its hugeness. That is what I saw and felt for the 2 1/2 days it took to […]

Good Root

I have a little secret. I add a pinch of turmeric to soups and stews and pots of almost anything in which the flavor won’t clash. Two nights ago, I sat down with a good book and a bowl of popcorn precisely as I like it: drizzled with butter and sprinkled with a little salt, […]

Pomegranate Juice

OK, so it’s true, I’ve been hiding out in one of the world’s greatest places: Missoula, Montana. I adore this town and I’m ashamed to say how many years have passed since last visit. I’m hitting the market tomorrow morning, and I’ll tell you about that as well as other intriguing finds. Meanwhile, have a […]

Mourning.

How does one eulogize a magazine? I’m stricken, feeling punched in the gut, my breath gone. I suppose I will wend my way through the stages of grief, through shock and denial, perhaps anger and depression, then finally acceptance. But I do not find this situation acceptable—it simply makes me sad. Unacceptable, because 180 people […]

Food Reporting: Questions for You, Dear Readers

I recently received an email from a Montana reporter who is writing a story on “how the food beat has changed.” I love this subject! And perhaps someday soon you will be able to read a few of my comments in his story. I mentioned to him the enormity of the food blogosphere, which certainly […]

Links Galore

I must confess, I’ve been a little frantic these past couple of weeks, and it’s only going to get worse until we leave the country at month’s end. I’m a little behind on all I had hoped to do. But I want to take the time to express my dear thanks to Margaret, of Tea […]

Pasty Attack

I’ve had some serious stomach issues since I’ve been in the US. It’s funny, in Asia people ask me all the time, “Can you eat rice?” I tell them I always eat rice, that I have an allergy that keeps me from eating bread. What????? They’re stunned. Westerners eat bread, they don’t eat rice and […]

Lunch Last Saturday

Feeling green at Mo’s Coming down the stairs at Mo’s I don’t usually do this. I mean, I haven’t done this in a long time–spending my Saturday in a bar, drinking from lunch til dinner and into the night. But hey, I finished a manuscript, my brother and his girlfriend stopped by, and 20 minutes […]

Milk

Thai college students have a strange obsession with milk (we all have our theories on this). We live a block from Chiang Mai University, and there are more milk bars bordering campus than real bars. I did not drink milk in college. I went to university in Montana, followed by Oregon — both good beer […]