Category Archives: Food

Toilet Marathon

One early Sunday morning in 2007 the police blocked Pattaya’s major streets for the annual marathon. Runners started before dawn to escape the enervating powers of the tropical sun, otherwise the twenty-six miles would be shortened to a single kilometer. When I was in high school, I ran cross-country. 5K-10K. Not anymore. My friends and […]

The Best Ordovician Horseshoe Crab in the World

Dating back in time to the Ordovician age 450 million years ago horseshoe crabs are considered living fossils. These ancient invertebrates’ eyes are a million times more sensitive to light than humans, but they don’t have wear sunglasses while mating in mud or sand of shallow coastal waters. Sadly these extraordinary creatures are threatened by […]

KOSHER PIG by Peter Nolan Smith

Two years ago business in the Diamond District was almost non-existent during the high holidays of Rosh Shananah and Yom Kippur. The Hassidim disappeared to the various shetls scattered around New York and tourists entered our diamond exchange to gawk at the diamonds and jewelry. At least twice a day out-of-towners asked in complete seriousness, […]

The Myth of Monkey Brains

Siiting in a Hong Kong dim sum cafe, I reflected on the strange ‘delicacies’ eaten on my travels; snails in France, dog in Indonesia, fried rats and insects in Thailand, alligator in Florida, and sausage pies in the UK, but whenever the discussions comes around the table to the most revolting meal in the world […]

Princess Pamela’s Soul Food

My friend Emily Armstrong found a photo of 1969 Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook. She wrote the following: “I was thinking smothered pork chops and remembered Princess Pamela’s Little Kitchen near my first apartment on E 10th Street. You had to shout up from the street, “Hey Pamela!”, and if she was in the mood […]