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It's Max Raabe day!

It’s Max Raabe day!

Today is the long-awaited Max Raabe show at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. As of now, there are still tickets available, which is amazing because why wouldn’t all of Philadelphia want to see this sardonic German cabaret singer and his Palast Orchester? If you want to know more about Raabe, Jekyll* alerted me to a profile in […]

The Humus Reform Committee

The Humus Reform Committee

Last week, the Humus Reform Committee* appeared on this site, accusing me of taking bribes from Bobbi in exchange for promoting her most excellent hummus. Sadly, I have received no free hummus from Bobbi. Which isn’t to say that I’m not open to the idea of pay-to-play blogging. After all, Good Grief! is a Philadelphia […]

A Thanksgiving scenario

A Thanksgiving scenario

Wouldn’t it be embarrassing if you were at a Thanksgiving celebration with smart and cultured people like college professors and opera singers and writers and astronomers, all of whom are connected to the best friends of the parents of someone you’re dating, and you accidentally sent a huge hunk of New Zealand cheddar flying across […]

Thanksgiving decorations

Thanksgiving decorations

To Suzette and Tom and anyone else distressed by “Christmas creep” and the resulting lack of Thanksgiving decorations: know that the people of Fishtown are fighting the good fight. Happy Thanksgiving!

Secret family recipes: the new rules

Secret family recipes: the new rules

It’s time to discuss family values and how they’ve disintegrated during the past fifty years. Take, for example, the matter of secret family recipes. There was a time when people respected secret family recipes and waited until marriage–a sacred institution that unites the culinary heritage of two families–to give them away. But in these immoral […]

Gourmet guilt

Gourmet guilt

Do any of the following sound familiar? A row of cookbooks, spines uncracked, lining a kitchen shelf A box full of untested recipes clipped from newspapers and magazines A link to scallion wild rice crepes with mushroom filling and red pepper sauce, bookmarked circa 2002? Everyone wants to be that person–the one who stops for […]