Reviews and Blog Posts: food

Family ideaLAB Workshop: DIY Easy Bake Oven and Food Science

1960's easy bake oven

Here in ideaLAB we're a little wacky. When someone suggested we bake, instead of thinking, "We don't have an oven," we thought, "Why not?! Let's build our own Easy Bake Oven!" We're hard at work building, testing and prepping (and yes, it smells AMAZING) in order to share the fun with you all during our Family ideaLAB Workshop on Saturday, November 14, 11 am-1 pm. We'll be testing how to make the best baked treats in our "oven," get your help making a new one, get hands on with food experiments, and we'll even put your taste buds to the test.

Bouchon Bakery

by Thomas Keller

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When I first picked up this book it was for the sole purpose of discovering the secrets of Thomas Keller’s beautiful macarons, and they were indeed beautiful, but really pretty difficult to make. Be wary (I’m sure for more professional chefs this is no problem) but the recipes call for...

Portrait of India with Photographer Amy Wright

Photographer Amy Wright hosts a beautiful slide show of her photos as she talks about her journey to India to record the lives of women and their families who have been impacted by microloans.

What is a microloan? It is a very small, short-term loan at low interest, especially for a start-up company or self-employed person. --

Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen: An Anti-Valentine's Day Party

Fresh City Life will be taking a brief detour from our regularly scheduled programming of high-minded, culturally significant fare to ring in Valentine's Day with a presentation of Xanadu. It is arguably one of the finest worst films ever made. And it is a ton of fun.

Delicious! : A novel

by Ruth Reichl

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Billie Breslin fled her life in Southern California to work at New York's premier food magazine, Delicious. But just when she's become accustomed to her new life and new culinary friends, the owners of Delicious cease publication and lay off everyone except Billie, who stays on to honor the magazine's recipe...

Plaza Voices: the Language of Food

Platter of sushi

Helen M., a Plaza staff member, writes:

Food. Food! Who doesn’t enjoy talking about what she ate for dinner last evening? Whose mouth doesn’t start watering at the mention of a favorite dish his Mom prepared?

What's For Dinner, Pavlov?

It seems like whenever food is mentioned in a book or a movie, I end up getting hungry for (or curious about) that food. When we read Catch 22 in high school, I was ravenous for eggs for weeks. After I finished giggling about some of the names of dishes in the Harry Potter books, I went looking for the foods.

Comfort me with apples : more adventures at the table

by Ruth Reichl

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I love food-centric memoirs, so I can't believe how long it finally took me to read this 2001 account of Reichl's early years as a food critic. Funny and heartbreaking, filled with celebrity chefs, personal turmoil (affairs, divorce), globe-trotting, the heartache of an attempted adoption gone wrong, and, of course,...

Green Eggs and Ham You May Actually Be Willing To Eat


For me, sharing books and sharing food with friends and family is about as good as it gets. Last month for Dr. Seuss's birthday a coworker brought in green eggs and ham - made of snack foods. It was amazing! There were delicious snacks to eat while we reminisced about our childhood memories of reading Seuss. It was so good I went home and made my own batch. 

Do it yourself!

Ingredients: White Chocolate or Almond Bark, Pretzel Sticks and Green M&M's. 

Plaza Voices: From food trucks to cliff divers...

Loteria cards

Food trucks, good restaurants, cliff divers, and airplane disappearances were all part of the discussion at Ross-Barnum’s Plaza program this week. We started the evening off by playing Lotería, a game of chance similar to Bingo. Participants learned the English equivalent of several phrases on the Lotería cards and had a few laughs. Toward the end of the game, there were several Lotería cards referencing sea sickness, seafood, and shrimp - and the discussion naturally turned to food.

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