July 13, 2006

Sebastian’s Steak

When Sebastian was first courting me, it was a cross-country affair that could well have turned cold with the fall. But I knew this suitor meant business when he flew to St. Paul, Minnesota with a backpack and a bottle of champagne, eager to see the bucolic campus paths where I rode my bike, the sunny coffee shop I read in each afternoon, the restaurant where I served brik and met a mentor, and most importantly, the friends who were my daily bread and butter.
Continue reading “Sebastian’s Steak” »

June 26, 2006

Renegade Craft Fair

Until three years ago, craft fairs came in your standard grandma, dried eucalptus, church lawn variety. Enter Chicagoan crafters and visionaries Sue Blatt and Kathleen Habbley. The two saw the craft movement gaining serious online momentum but realized there were no fairs to accomadate the new generation of crafters. And so in 2003, the Renegade Craft Fair was born in Chicago. Met with huge success, the duo brought the fair to Brooklyn’s McCarren Park last year, and their baby grew fast. This year there were nearly 200 vendors selling handmade goods: comic books, purses, cards and stationery, rock posters, puppets, t-shirts, jewelry, and pretty skirts.
Continue reading “Renegade Craft Fair” »

June 7, 2006

On the Road: Maryland Crab Cakes

When Sebastian and I found ourselves traveling to Baltimore for our dear friends‘ wedding, we knew we had to bring POP viewers everywhere the inside scoop on Maryland crab cakes. And so I am delighted to present the first episode of Pink of Perfection On the Road!
Continue reading “On the Road: Maryland Crab Cakes” »

May 31, 2006

Guest Cook: Noah’s Floorzagna

When Americans dreamed of Italian food in the middle of this last century, their vision was clear: a lot of pasta, a lot of cheese. Since then, thanks in no small part to Italian superstars (folks like Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, and Giada De Laurentiis) and a veritable revolution in the way Americans cook and eat, our understanding of Italy’s fare now happily includes fresh herbs, silvery fish, wild boar sausage, and the knowledge that a pound of pasta feeds six people, not one and a half.
Continue reading “Guest Cook: Noah’s Floorzagna” »