The Catbird Seat

Full disclosure: I’m a Josh Habiger fan. And friend. So anything I’m about to type regarding his astonishing new restaurant, The Catbird Seat, is likely to reflect a certain hyper-subjectivity, produced by the gigantic chef-crush that I have on the guy. Hal and I became a Habiger devotee from across the bar at The Patterson…

“Insanity” – The Question of What to Eat

A couple of years ago I read Michael Pollan’s excellent book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” on the politics and culture of food in America. He addresses the question, “What should we have for dinner?” – more complicated than it sounds in a nation obsessed with food, health, and fad dieting, but with the highest obesity rate…

Reflections on Our Beloved Mirror

One chilly autumn night nearly ten years ago, Hal and I wandered three blocks north along then-sketchy 12th Avenue South and crossed the threshold of Mirror Restaurant…rather sheepishly, I should say, as we were most unattractively coated in drywall dust and related old-house grime. “Um, is it OK for us to come in here like…

On Food and Love, addendum

Work took Hal and me back to Florida last week: me to Orlando and Miami for a Women in Aviation conference and a speaking engagement there, Hal to Pensacola to investigate some real estate holdings. After I picked Hal up at JAX airport on Friday, we cruised straight to Apalachicola, where we’d made new friends…