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Jeremy and I were watching Chopped on the Food Network. It's a show where chefs get mystery ingredients that never seem to go together and they have to create a dish with them. Heather was hungry and so she gathered up all the food we had on hand and told Jeremy it was his own version of Chopped. And so, we ended up with "meat stick omelet," which was, really, the only choice. And which was, really, much tastier than it sounds...

This was me in high school. I've been wanting to find an excuse to post that for a while, but I didn't want anyone to think I'm stuck back in 1999 or something. Because I'm not. I mean, I'm not going to say that high school were the best years of my life. Because God that would be pathetically depressing. (And, you know, because my 30s have been pretty damn amazing). But I'm not going to say that I had a miserable high school experience either. Because God that would be depressing too....

It was one of those October days where you could still eat brunch al fresco. Carrot cake pancakes, a cup of coffee with cream, and a strawberry mimosa for good measure. Where you talk girl talk and boy talk and life talk and travel talk with a friend. Where you walk home, three miles, from Division to Roscoe because it is still sort of warm in that way Chicago weather seems warm when the day before was cold. Where the sky is blue. Where the leaves are orange. Where people you pass say "hello," because that is the kind of...

I ate so much food in the Philippines in my month traveling around the country it's a wonder I still fit in my pants when I got to back to Thailand. With Chinese, Mexican, Spanish, and American influences, Filipino cuisine is richer and meatier than much of the food I ate around the rest of Asia and a far cry from Thai food and Vietnamese fare. The Filipino dishes I ate were were so rich, in fact, that one of my final meals in the country was a much-desired salad. I was lucky enough to spend my first and last few...

Sometimes a friend mentions that she is craving something. And sometimes it makes you crave it too. And so you go to three different stores until you can find it. Get way too giddy when you walk down a store aisle and see it staring back at you. Pick it up, along with all of the ingredients you need. Go back to your friend's place. Turn on the hot plate. And make magic....

1. I seem to have a problem in India. Whenever i go to a restaurant and order something, they don't have it. Seriously. I'd say that, on average, once a day I will tell the waiter what I want and he will say "no." Sometimes I will order again and get the same response and be so frustrated I just have to ask, "OK, what do you have?" ...