Moons Over My Hammy Recipe & Wacko

Moons Over My Hammy Recipe These kids from Wacko drew my attention to the fact that Denny’s and hardcore shows have always had a relationship although not quite so direct. It’s one of the few late night places underage kids can after a show. We used to hit the one on Western Ave in AlbanyContinue reading “Moons Over My Hammy Recipe & Wacko”

Special Report: Hardcore Punk Shows Are Happening at Denny’s

Click here for music pairing and recipe There is a dark horse in the race for best thing to happen in 2019. The kids from Wacko, a  Long Beach, CA hardcore band, booked a Denny’s recently and fully tore shit up. The event had all of the weird occurrences that make hardcore punk shows brilliant,Continue reading “Special Report: Hardcore Punk Shows Are Happening at Denny’s”

Patacones & Hogao Sauce: The Recipe

Click here for the backstory and music pairing. Pataconas with Hogao Recipe: (Hogao is a common ‘salsa criollo’ used for many things including dipping patacoas): Patacon Ingredients: Very Green Plaintains, peeled and cut into one inch chunks Canola or Vegetable Oil, enough to cover plantain chunks Hogao Ingredients: 2 tbsp oil 1 cup chopped green onion 2 cupsContinue reading “Patacones & Hogao Sauce: The Recipe”

Pataconas w/ Hogao & Gaby’s ‘El Meneaito’

Click here to skip to the recipe. Menaito Mania hit Colombia hard in 1992. By the time my family arrived for Christmas vacation that year the Reggae en Español thumper had the whole Magdalena River percolating. In Honda, Tolima at my Abuelita’s nochebuena party, young and old were sliding to it, at a friends haciendaContinue reading “Pataconas w/ Hogao & Gaby’s ‘El Meneaito’”

Iowa Cheese Sandwich Recipe & Bob Dylan’s New Morning

July 19, 2019 It’s my last day at the Iowa City Writing Festival. I’m inflamed—brain and gut—from seven days of suckling on Iowa City’s greasiest spoons and absorbing writing guidance till saturation. I arrived last Friday, July twelfth, and spent the evening searching for authentic Iowa City. There are nine central blocks with eighty-two placesContinue reading “Iowa Cheese Sandwich Recipe & Bob Dylan’s New Morning”

Youko Yamamoto Picks: Oyakadon Recipe & Eiichi Ohtaki

Youko Yamamoto is the chef/owner of the incoming TANMA! Ramen and Bar in Kingston and a radio DJ on her show Noodling with Youko; she recently came over and prepared her selection of Oyakodon w/Eiichi Ohtaki. She told us how this association was born out a moment of embarrassment in front of her best friend’sContinue reading “Youko Yamamoto Picks: Oyakadon Recipe & Eiichi Ohtaki”

Belgian Frites with Andalouse Sauce Recipe & Total Science

In 2001 I found myself in a swirling neon centrifuge of euro club-kid culture—the final act of separation between my mind and the rhythms of American teenage life as I knew it. My father and I moved to a quaint Belgian town named Waterloo (famous as the site where Napoleon had his final tantrum). IContinue reading “Belgian Frites with Andalouse Sauce Recipe & Total Science”

The Legend of ‘Champ’: Eyewitness Accounts

  Champ——the prehistoric god of the lake— didn’t bestow Lucas, Alex, Mario and I with any good luck on our ice fishing trip trip last February. We left without fish or new lake monster sightings to add to the record. Perhaps in the age of smartphone cameras, she’s been laying low. In the late eighties/early ’90s though…Continue reading “The Legend of ‘Champ’: Eyewitness Accounts”

Pickled Pike Recipe & Stan Rogers

A briefing just popped up on my phone from the New York Times. It reads, “It will be colder in the Midwest today than in Antarctica.” Terms like polar vortex and instant frostbite are broadcasting from Zoraida’s radio upstairs. All of this frostiness has me reflecting on an ill-fated ice fishing trip I organized last FebruaryContinue reading “Pickled Pike Recipe & Stan Rogers”