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2005 Stories by Meredith Brody

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  • An Ideal Meal

    published December 28, 2005

    Since the superb editor Adam Moss took over New York magazine, there's been a cute little addition to the restaurant reviews. Tucked into... More >>

  • At Home on the Range

    published December 21, 2005

    You know you're falling in love with a chef when you yearn to see what he would do with an ingredient that has yet to appear on his menus. You've... More >>

  • The Art of Eating

    published December 14, 2005

    In this relentless holiday season -- during which Macy's opened its Christmas shop, complete with massive toy soldiers glowering down at Union... More >>

  • Soothe Sayer

    published December 7, 2005

    There was a brief flurry in the media a couple of weeks ago about a comfort food survey authored by a Cornell University professor. It was based... More >>

  • Mexican Smackdown

    published November 30, 2005

    All I wanted to do was give my friends Suvir and Charlie and their friend Abhimanyu a good dinner. Which, in this city stuffed full of gastronomic... More >>

  • Time to Eat

    published November 23, 2005

    A few weeks ago I realized a dream of long standing: I attended the festival devoted to silent films in Pordenone, Italy, called Le Giornate del... More >>

  • Don't Pu Pu It

    published November 16, 2005

    When a place opens that calls itself Sneaky Tiki, this is what I expect: kitschy décor, kitschy drinks, kitschy food. When I'm told the... More >>

  • Sin and Dumplings

    published November 9, 2005

    I read the November-December flyer for the Balboa Theater with mixed emotions, equal parts elation and dread. There are certain kinds of movies... More >>

  • Tacos and Gimlets

    published November 2, 2005

    I know Roz Chast meant it ironically, but her New Yorker cartoon titled "Another Day in the Salt Mines" seemed just like real life to me.... More >>

  • Body and Soul

    published October 26, 2005

    When Hurricane Katrina reminded us that New Orleans was a national treasure, I wasted no time in enjoying a nostalgic, lush, and luscious dinner... More >>

  • Cinema Chow

    published October 19, 2005

    "I love my cigar," Groucho famously told a couple on his quiz show who had 22 children, "but I take it out of my mouth once in a while." Well, I... More >>

  • Gentle Ribbing

    published October 12, 2005

    There are few things I like to do more at table than pick up a meaty bone and gnaw at it. It's an atavistic pleasure right up there with slurping... More >>

  • Bravo Italia

    published October 5, 2005

    Who knew, when Peter invited me to an evening of new chamber music performed by Earplay at the Herbst Theatre, that the second piece would be... More >>

  • You Know What It Means

    published September 28, 2005

    I make my living remembering meals, and some of the food I've eaten has stayed delicious in my mind for decades: the first lunch I had at the... More >>

  • Call Off the Quest

    published September 21, 2005

    OK, I know the technology has been around for a long time, but it still amazes me when my friend Carl e-mails me from Japan and says he wants to... More >>

  • Room With a View

    published September 14, 2005

    There are so many ways to discover the city, from the prosaic to the poetic. Exploring a city through its restaurants, as pragmatic as that may... More >>

  • Dr. Strangebook

    published September 7, 2005

    God knows, putting together a restaurant guidebook is something of a thankless task: Because of the vagaries of life -- openings, closings, chefs... More >>

  • Better Still

    published August 31, 2005

    A lot of people were surprised when chef/owner Loretta Keller shut down her popular SOMA bistro, Bizou, on very short notice in late March, in... More >>

  • Gratitude for a New Café

    published August 24, 2005

    As I hungrily drove toward Café Bella Vista for lunch, I wondered if I was heading there because I really needed to taste a few more dishes... More >>

  • Rockin' Flavors

    published August 17, 2005

    To begin at the end: After our dinner at Winterland, my friends Robert, Gail, and I were brought a rectangular white porcelain plate bearing three... More >>

  • Everything We Ate

    published August 10, 2005

    You could have fearlessly bet money, a lot of it, that I'd love this new book, Everything I Ate: A Year in the Life of My Mouth, by Tucker... More >>

  • Hungry for More

    published August 3, 2005

    This is what it takes to get me excited about a restaurant: eating something that makes me want to eat it again. I recently had the dizzying and... More >>

  • Raw and Polished

    published July 27, 2005

    "There's no accounting for taste" is a phrase that used to confuse me, a little. But taste is the only thing that counts, I'd think. It makes more... More >>

  • Girls Gone Wild

    published July 20, 2005

    Even though I knew it was only a coincidence that I was invited to join Lee and Becky for Afghan food and a movie, and that a couple of weeks... More >>

  • Not Really a Deli

    published July 13, 2005

    Being a fan of George Gershwin (and American popular song in general), Broadway, Yiddish theater, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Michael... More >>

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