Chasing the Perfect Meal

Written by Sanford Begley    We had lunch at a hole in the wall we love yesterday, Chateaux Beirut in West Chester, Ohio. A place that looks like it belongs in a bad movie from the 50s about delinquents. The food however, is superb. It’s a Lebanese family restaurant. Papa...

Sometimes it doesn’t work

Having one of those days where things are slightly off-kilter. I’m on the phone with my hosting company and discovering that two years ago when I moved to Ohio and set up a dual site, something was massively FUBARed. We still don’t know what. I certainly don’t know, because...

Unnatural Foods

This isn’t, really, a food blog. If I seem to dwell overmuch on the subject, it is perhaps because food is very important to life. Food is the fuel our bodies burn to do our daily activities, which we must do, to earn more food. Is it any surprise...

Bonnet’s Books

Or, why I love used bookstores and exploring my new home state…  We were in Dayton yesterday evening for a meet-up with friends. As the evening of beer tasting, food, cigars and tall tales went on, I excused myself and slipped off on a little errand of my own....

ETWYRT: John Ringo

Mirror-posted from the Otherwhere Gazette:  It’s difficult to pick out just one John Ringo book to recommend with this recipe. I’ve been reading his books for as long as I’ve been a Baen Barfly, and that’s coming up on fifteen years now. Given the nature of the dish itself,...

Art in Three Dimensions

Most of my art these days is in two dimensions, flat on paper, whether through the medium of the photograph, drawing or painting, or words. But it wasn’t always that way. Way back in my teen years, I dabbled in sculpture. Cute little sheep and frogs, I don’t think...

Memorial Day in Photos

The First Reader and I went to a local cemetery (Middletown, Ohio) yesterday and took pictures. They may be gone, but as you will see, never forgotten. It was a peaceful, contemplative time to walk among the fallen lying under the green grass and bright flags. Some were taken...

Angeled Eggs

Deviling is a food process, a snarky reference to the fires of hell and the spices people added to things like deviled eggs that made them seem hot to taste.  Devilled eggs are a traditional picnic and party food, only my dear First Reader’s mother made them differently, and...

Reasonable Stocks

I just reread a comfort book. A Louis L’Amour called A Man Called Trent. That was the magazine version of a story he reworked into The Mountain Valley War for a Bantam paperback. There isn’t enough difference between the stories to matter much, though I’m sure there is more...

Review: Here Be Dragons

This isn’t entirely a review. Sarah asked me to write the introduction for this collection of her short stories, and I greedily agreed, knowing it meant I would get to read them all as part of creating a good introduction. Since she has priced it very, very reasonably, I...

Review: Mercy Thompson

See larger image Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) New From: $3.24 USD In Stock I’ll be putting up two reviews today, so look out for one this afternoon. This morning, you get a review not of a single book, but a whole series. Someone over at According to...

Bright and Early

Well, it’s early, anyway. There are clouds hiding the sun, and it’s chilly out there in Southern Ohio today. I have been sitting here for a half-hour trying to think about what to blog on this morning. So far, it would either be me musing on what makes an...