Escape from 2020

“Six tales of road tripping, camping, staycationing, and eating during the summer that wasn’t.”

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 19, 2020
Length: 60 minutes (15,000 words)

Stewed Awakening

On Alison Roman, social media, and the conundrum of formerly “exotic” foods finding mainstream success.

Source: Eater
Published: May 20, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,041 words)

The Un-Heroic Reality of Being an ‘Essential’ Restaurant Worker

“The imperative to thank frontline workers has not extended into material protection and solidarity, from either the government or the general public.”

Source: Eater
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,166 words)

The Actual Experience of Virtual Experiences

Decimated by pandemic, many businesses are offering online experiences, from cooking classes to a visit to Rome’s colosseum, but can staring at screens offer a suitable replacement for doing actual things?

Source: Eater
Published: May 4, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,454 words)

Dispatches From Food Service Workers Across the U.S.: ‘I’m Trying Not to Panic’

“I found out the secret was really not to make eye contact, because if I saw one of us start to tear up, it opened the floodgates for me.”

Source: Eater
Published: Apr 22, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,145 words)

The Complicated, Problematic Influence of TripAdvisor Restaurant Reviews

“Despite its mediocre reputation in New York’s food world, Olio e Piú was busy in part because at the time, it was ranked the No. 1 restaurant in New York City — on TripAdvisor.”

Source: Eater
Published: Dec 5, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,475 words)

What Did ‘Authenticity’ in Food Mean in 2019?

If your restaurant serves a European cuisine, you can have tablecloths and silverware. Anything else, you have to be a hole in the wall with plastic stools. In the next decade, can “authenticity” be less racist?

Source: Eater
Published: Dec 3, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,477 words)

The Rise (and Stall) of the Boba Generation

Boba Life came to stand for modern Asian-American identity, but sometimes it was more sugar than substance.

Source: Eater
Published: Nov 5, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,929 words)

The Californication of America’s Restaurants

Creating a clean, bright, supposedly “Californian” interior can create a transportive dining experience, but the aesthetic many restaurants are offering lacks the complexity and depth that now define California cuisine.

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 15, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,416 words)

Ivar’s the Great

A Pacific Northwest resident revisits the chowder and fried fish of her youth to tell the story of Ivar’s, the enduring Washington state seafood chain, and the inextricable link between it, her life, and her family.

Source: Eater
Published: Jun 5, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,358 words)