Momofuku Noodle Bar – The Original

Last winter I ventured to Ivan Ramen, and it didn't disappoint.  With temperatures in New York City dropping again below 50 degrees on a consistent basis, ramen recently called back.  I had not patronized a David Chang establishment in some time, so I decided to revisit one of my all time favorites: Momofuku Noodle Bar. …

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Midterm Prep – What to Watch and Read

There is a lot of noise in the media and from the President's twitter account in advance of the U.S. Midterm Elections on Tuesday, November 6.  Sifting through this morass can be challenging at best - below are a few sources you should read or watch, especially if you are an undecided voter: http://www.Vote411.org -…

Ulysses S. Grant – An Archetype of American Leadership

The United States midterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 6.  If you have not already done so, you should review the candidates appearing on your ballot at http://www.vote411.org.  This website provides useful summaries of platforms and policy positions, in addition to highlighting those candidates who do not even bother to answer simple questions (automatic…

Stephen King Writes Non-Fiction Too

Many may know this fact by now, but Stephen King, the decorated novelist, once wrote a non-fiction book.  Although I am fairly late to the game, considering he published On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in 2000, I am happy to have finally discovered this gem. By way of disclaimer, this is the first…

The Little Paris Bookshop: A Review

What a delightful read.  I purchased this book at an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas (BookPeople).  Nothing about it screams Austin, nor does it have anything to do with Texas or the American south.  Far from it, in fact.  It is a story of a Frenchman who lives in Paris and owns a floating bookstore…