Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dinners by Urban Farmer and Chef Jack Goldenberg

Recently I had the immense pleasure of a five course meal at the home of Urban Farmer and Chef extraordinaire, Jack Goldenberg. Having heard about Jack's pop-up dinner parties from my friend and fellow blogger, Lee Porter, my expectations were high, and I'm happy to say that Jack exceeded them by a moon shot. The most deliciously prepared cauliflower I've ever eaten, an out-of-this-world smoked white fish of which I wish I could recall the name (I had a bit of a buzz going throughout the evening, to say the least), and a soup pairing another perfectly prepared fish with pork belly are just a few of the highlights that come straight to mind and make me want to invite myself back over to Jack's place asap.

Since I'm not a food blogger and didn't take any photos of the food and, for reasons stated above, my memories of the delectable meal are a bit cloudy, here's a link to Lee's Q&A blog post about Jack's farming and culinary talents: 

I'd highly recommend following Jack on twitter or 'liking' his facebook page so you can hear about his future pop-up dinners before the guest lists fill up.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review of Fragrant Harbor by John Lanchester

I forgot to post this 5 star review here earlier this month. I loved this book, an incredible depiction of capitalism, war, politics, entrepreneurship, journalism, and gangsters in 20th century Hong Kong, told by compelling characters with individual, yet interwoven stories:


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Article on Azuka Theatre Company's production of Greg Keller's 'Dutch Masters'

Azuka added an additional week of shows! Now running for a week beyond 2013 Philly Fringe - through 29 September. Here's a link to the article I wrote on this show for FringeArts blog, and below that, a link where you can buy tickets for the extended dates:

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Silver Linings Playbook: Movie vs. Book

Shortly after I posted this short essay here on miscellany, it was picked up by PhillySportsCentral.com, an excellent site for all of your latest Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers news. You can check it out at the following link:


Monday, May 27, 2013

Watford v Leicester 97th minute goal #soccer #football

I've been a soccer (football) fan since I started playing at age 5, and I think that this 97th minute Watford goal in the 12 May 2013 Watford v Leicester semifinal match after their goalkeeper saved a Leicester penalty kick and follow up, a goal that tied the aggregate score of the teams' back to back games against each other and allowed Watford to advance according to league rules for tie breaking, is the greatest goal I've ever seen because of the moment's impossible drama and because of every little thing that had to go right for Watford's team - from the back to back saves by their keeper to the Watford player getting a service ball across the box with a Leicester defender right there in front of him to the ensuing header and one time finish - and how it all magically came together.

Addendum: shame Watford's run ended today in a 1 - 0 extra time loss to Crystal Palace with promotion to the Premier League on the line (though Crystal Palace fans would surely disagree).

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Article on the State of Capitalism by Igor Greenwald in Forbes

Its provocative title slightly misleads, but this article has excellent content, particularly in its discussion of the healthcare industry within American capitalism today:


Review of Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow

Bellow's understanding of the inevitable direction of the capitalistic moral compass permeates the humor in this, my favorite of the three of his books I've read to date:


Monday, April 22, 2013

The Hand of Gaul by @InisNuaTheatre in #Philly this week! #football #soccer #theatre

If you are a football (soccer) fan and you're someone who even occasionally enjoys theatre, and you live anywhere even remotely close to Philadelphia (whatever distance that means to you), you will LOVE this new, original, hilarious play written by Jared Michael Delaney about 3 crazy Irish fans who plot to assassinate Thierry Henry after his infamous handball in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier for the French against Ireland:

Review of Best of Friday Flash Volume 2 by Various Authors

I loved this collection, here's my review:


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Article on Why Medicare Must Be Able to Negotiate With Big Pharma

Here's an article by Ethan Rome that I liked. For all of their bluster about letting free markets work themselves out, I don't understand how the GOP could live with legislation that prohibits negotiation. The system as it stands today essentially allows price fixing and price gouging. It's an outrage and must be reformed to allow for leveraging of Medicare's buying power:


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013