My artisanal pizzas

These are the pizzas I made for my family during the Xmas holidays.  Mine are the artisanal looking ones while the perfectly round ones used gluten-free bases from a shop. I made the dough from scratch and I permitted no input on the menu (coz who has the time or patience to listen to family … Continue reading

Philly haute cuisine

There’s a somewhat delicate, somewhat refined, and somewhat secretive meal you can only find in Philly that even most of the locals don’t know about.  Everyone knows about Lorenzo & Sons pizza – home to the 28″ pizza (yes, that’s 71 cms in diameter).  Everyone knows about Jim’s Steaks – home to their famous cheesesteaks.  … Continue reading

Pizza in the far east

I finally got around to visiting Roberta’s, one of New York’s most hip pizza joints.  They’ve won michelin stars and plenty of awards but the thing that had kept me away until now was their location in the far east.  Not Asia; just Bushwick, but as a Manhattanite I can rarely be arsed to journey … Continue reading

Tossing the dough babies

My close acquaintances know not to expect any culinary skills from me other than the ability to open the microwave or unscrew a bottle top.  I’ve probably never cooked a meal in my life except for pizza, which for some strange reason I learned how to make from scratch, by watching Jamie Oliver videos on … Continue reading

Cthulhu pizza

On New Year’s Eve, I visited old friends in a really old cottage in Biddenden, UK.  We walked the English countryside, played German board games, wore Star Wars onesies, drank Belgian beer, and generally mucked about aplenty.  We also took turns cooking, which gave me the chance to summon the meal that I’d practised once … Continue reading

Backwards pizza

Having recently spent 2 weeks in Chicago, I feel somewhat entitled to comment more deeply on their deep dish pizza. It tried it all kinds of ways: meaty, saucy, veggie, with beer, and with a meat crust. Food fads come and go all over the world, but Chicago’s backwards pizza seems to be a fad … Continue reading

Strife of Pie

In case you missed it, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show ripped a new one on Chicago’s style of deep dish pizza a few weeks ago, causing an interstate feud that made all the headlines. A few days later, he made peace with the windy city by eating (and enjoying) a slice of Lou Malnati’s … Continue reading

NYC is BIG

I’m in NYC now and the locals are always telling me how much they love it.  I’m resistant because I so adored London.  It’s going to take me a while before I allow myself to feel like one of these Americans.  Everything here is big: the skyscrapers, the cars, the food, the drinks, the people, … Continue reading