When Food Reminds Us of Home

When Food Reminds Us of Home

Two visiting Chinese students in a Chicago airport were pointing at a Starbucks as one of them exclaimed “Look! Just like at home!” I smiled. Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks would be pleased. Part of his business philosophy when he bought Starbucks was to...
Is Jimmies Really a Racist Term for Chocolate Sprinkles?

Is Jimmies Really a Racist Term for Chocolate Sprinkles?

Every summer, when my cousins would visit from the city, we would make at least one trip a week into town to “Magno’s.” Magno’s was iconic for soft serve ice cream. We kids would pile into the back of the wood-paneled Pontiac; squished tighter than sardines. Most of...
Candy and a Castle, and other Christmas Memories

Candy and a Castle, and other Christmas Memories

There is nothing sadder than the disappointment of a child on Christmas morning. Nor is there anything as delightful as the shining eyes of a child who spies his most favored Christmas wish peeking out from under the limbs of a family’s brilliantly lit tree. Over the...
Part 2: My Unexpected Food Journey Continues

Part 2: My Unexpected Food Journey Continues

Standing by the kitchen table, the cold pizza in the carryout box looked and smelled so good. Irresistibly good. On my way home from a local consulting job, I had picked up a pizza at a local variety store. (Here in Maine, that’s how we roll.) Pizza is normally...