In the September 2014 issue of Details: The story of the churro-ice-cream-sandwich. This tale has a happy ending (unless you live outside the L.A. area).
I wrote a guide to healthy eating in Chicago for Cooking Light. Somehow, it included biscuits and gelato.
Epicurious called and said I could write about whatever I want. These are a few of the stories I came up with: A plea for pastis. A conversation with Jeni of Jeni’s Ice Cream. An appreciation of Craig Berman’s inventive coffeemaker. And a profile of Bad Wolf Coffee’s Jonathan Ory (pictured above; thanks to Martha Williams for the photograph).
I wrote a guide to Logan Square, a neighborhood in Chicago, for Bon Appetit. The month that this article was published, my editor did an event in Chicago and was confronted by a few locals. One young, good-looking guy said “nice piece on Logan Square—but it’s five years too late.” Then an elderly woman stood up and said “what’s Logan Square?”
Here’s a random blog post from 2012. I wrote it when Charlie Trotter closed his restaurant, and Time Out Chicago unearthed it when Trotter passed away. I’ve written a lot of about Charlie, but this post, which I remember firing off under a tight deadline, packs in everything I have to say about the guy.
In the summer of 2013 Bon Appetit asked me to write a few stories about America’s new obsession with vegetables. The stories were collected in a gorgeous package under the headline The Vegetable Revolution. Unfortunately the great images and layout didn’t really translate to the web. (Oh well. Who needs the web, right?)