And in Non-Thanksgiving News:
Beer is pretty complex to make a people have spent lifetimes studying it. But for the casual beer drinker like myself, it's sometimes more realistic to have an overview (don't think I have many beer brewing days in front of me). I recently took a trip to Portland, Maine and had the good fortune to stop into the Allagash Brewery.
So many books these days tell you how EXACTLY to live your life if you want to get healthy. There's always some new diet that requires you to be all in. But I think for most people that kind of eating just isn't realistic. That's what makes Phoebe Lapine's new book - The Wellness Project - so appealing.
Comfort food exists in every culture. But you're missing out if you haven't had it in a Japanese context. We went to Bessou to get their take on chawanmushi. This silky egg custard can warm any day, and it gives context to a restaurant that is all about bringing Japanese comfort food to the forefront.
I know what you're thinking: luaus don't make anyone outside of Hawaii look cool. No one wants to dress up like their dad in a bad Hawaiian shirt.
But I'm here to tell you that that's where you've been going wrong. Hawaiian theme doesn't have to mean pineapples and cheap leis. And that's where Sheldon Simeon comes in.