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2002 Stories by Melissa Martin

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  • Italian for Beginners

    published October 16, 2002

    Cookbooks featuring recipes with only a few ingredients have become popular in recent years. At any online bookstore, for example, you can buy... More >>

  • By the Numbers

    published September 18, 2002

    A fad in New York City a few years ago was to name restaurants after their addresses. Eleven Madison Park, 55 Wall and Fifty Seven Fifty Seven (at... More >>

  • Sherman's March

    published August 28, 2002

    Billy Sherman's Deli and Catering More >>

  • Critical Mass

    published August 28, 2002

    "I pray every day that you won't write mean things no more," read a plaintive letter buried among the chicken-salad recipes and wine-dinner... More >>

  • Chez Clayton

    published August 7, 2002

    Eighteenth-century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was ahead of his time in more ways than one. He was a vegetarian who advocated eating... More >>

  • Classic Collection

    published July 17, 2002

    "When your most prominent architectural feature is the exit sign, you know you have a problem," my dining companion observed dryly as we surveyed... More >>

  • Flying Fish

    published July 3, 2002

    Corny puns and double-entendres have infiltrated pop culture more insidiously than the arrival of celebrity restaurateurs such as Britney Spears,... More >>

  • French Connection

    published June 19, 2002

    Leon Bierbaum is a bon vivant of the old school, the kind of oenophile who prefers a third-growth Bordeaux to the hottest Napa Valley cult... More >>

  • Throw Mama

    published June 5, 2002

    Last week I was moping around in my pajamas, distraught about having been pilloried on the Hill, when I had a sudden and unlikely craving for... More >>

  • Do Your Duty

    published June 5, 2002

    In my very first job, at age 16, I was a Wendy's salad-bar girl in Panama City Beach, Florida. I lasted a mere two months, but I left with a new... More >>

  • Pearl in a Shell

    published May 22, 2002

    When I was a high-school student in Panama City, Florida, kegs at weekend parties were always accompanied by twenty-pound mesh bags of pristine... More >>

  • So Over the Hill

    published May 1, 2002

    Dining on the Hill can be summed up in one word: predictable. Like Gaslight Square in San Diego and the French Quarter in New Orleans, the Hill is... More >>

  • That's a Winner

    published April 3, 2002

    Dining at a new David Slay restaurant is like seeing the latest Tom Hanks pic: Your high expectations are usually met. Smith & Slay's... More >>

  • Shallow Grove

    published March 20, 2002

    "I knew I should've given up food for Lent," wisecracked my guest as the waiter removed his nearly full plate. We were dining at Busch's Grove, a... More >>

  • Carnaval Supply

    published February 27, 2002

    The caipirinha, a potent Brazilian cocktail whose name is Portuguese for "little hick," has come a long way since it left the sticks. Once... More >>

  • Sweet Relief

    published February 27, 2002

    "One vice at a time" is the guiding principle at the Chocolate Bar, Blake Brokaw's new confectionery in Lafayette Square. It's a smoke- and... More >>

  • Where Fashion Sits

    published February 13, 2002

    When the exalted French chef Alain Ducasse debuted his posh restaurant of the same name on Central Park South, amenities included a sommelier for... More >>

  • Old Hat

    published January 30, 2002

    "Give the place a few more years, and it'll be retro," remarked my dining companion as we took stock of the French advertising posters, track... More >>

  • Pet Project

    published January 30, 2002

    Looking for cheap thrills this Mardi Gras? The Humane Society of Missouri is sponsoring a charity culinary event on Tuesday, Feb. 12. At the "Bone... More >>

  • Brotherly Love

    published January 16, 2002

    They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but you just might be able to judge a restaurant by its menu. I Fratellini's is a black... More >>

  • Port and Sweet

    published January 16, 2002

    Any man who eats dessert," Hemingway once quipped, "isn't drinking enough." But why choose between two terrific vices when you can order dessert... More >>

  • Thai Score

    published January 2, 2002

    How many times have you wished you had the recipe for the braided Christmas bread your Ukrainian grandmother used to bake or wondered what the... More >>

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