Place Settings #44: January 25, 2015

IMG_4289Eat | These are bacon pancakes with a blob of avocado mash. They were delicious and super easy to make: I just chopped up some bacon, cooked it, and added it to the pancake mix.

Drink | More Baruir’s coffee.

Read | Still going strong with Moby Dick. As I read, this book keeps getting higher on my list of favorite books. Whales are constantly on my mind — I went on an extended YouTube deep dive of whale documentaries — and the infamous whale chapters are actually the best ones. (more…)


Place Settings #41: May 18, 2014


Eat: A big plate of sliced meats, cheeses, butter, and fruit from Café Anna Blume in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg. As much as I am a fan of an espresso and a pain au chocolat in the morning, I think German breakfasts are my favorite. They are basically the equivalent of grazing on a bunch of different things from a well-stocked refrigerator, which is my preferred way of eating.

Drink: A warm cup of coffee under an umbrella on a chilly, rainy, German morning. (more…)

Place Settings #20: December 1, 2013


Eat: A clementine and my dad’s amazing egg mcmuffin. I can’t remember when he started making these for me, but I request one every single time I am home. I also request that he cuts it up for me (not pictured) because I make a mess of the whole thing and it’s very important to me that I get the proper proportion of egg, cheese, Canadian bacon, and English muffin in every bite. Or at least, I think I make a mess of it, because I don’t think I’ve attempted the task since I was a little girl. Thanks, Dad! (more…)

Place Settings #14: October 20, 2013


This week’s Place Settings comes from Phoenix, Arizona.

Eat: Hotel breakfast buffet results in fresh fruit, bacon, mini apricot danish, and an eggwhite omelette with bacon, peppers, mushrooms, onion, and jack cheese.

Drink: Hotel coffee of dubious quality. No Chemex in sight and I don’t even want to know what the roast date on the beans was.

Read: My David Foster Wallace rampage continues with David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself. I feel like I’m slowly circling Infinite Jest by printing out all the tribute essays by his writer friends after his death, reading DT Max’s biography, now this, and next Girl with Curious Hair. I can’t get enough of his personality and it’s making me sad that there’s only a limited amount of it left out there. It’s like I want to get as close to IJ as possible without ever touching it because once I read it, I won’t have DFW’s greatest work left to look forward to. Perhaps I can comfort myself with the knowledge that IJ benefits from multiple readings (so I’ve heard — it’s a ridiculous thing to say about such a giant book, but I believe it), so the DFW of my imagination can live recursively on. (more…)

Place Settings #12: October 6, 2013


Eat: The classic breakfast sandwich: bacon, egg, and cheese. The bacon is hidden, but I was pretty proud of my bacon-lattice, so I’ve included a picture of it below (it’s super easy to do; just weave it together before cooking it). It definitely increased the structural integrity of my sandwich. Not pictured: Cholula.


Drink: Intelligentsia Organic La Perla de Oaxaca Mexico, brewed in a Chemex. According to Intelly: “A syrupy sweetness is balanced by tart red apple with hints of vanilla and spice.” I think the flavor profile is perfect for Autumn mornings. (more…)

Place Settings #10: September 15, 2013

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Eat: I had some leftover carne molida that I reheated with rice and egg. And hot sauce, of course. It’s not the most photogenic breakfast, but tasty nonetheless.

Drink: Yesterday I went to the Harney & Sons shop in Soho with intention of getting some rooibos chai, and also came home with their Paris blend (a fruity black tea with a hint of lemony bergamot), which I’m drinking this morning.

Read: I’m at the very end of Georges Perec’s Life A User’s Manual. It’s taken me longer than anticipated to finish because I’ve been distracted by a lot of little things on the side (mostly related to DFW — I now understand how people become obsessed; no one else is quite like him (which reminds me: “Any student whose deployment of a semicolon is not absolutely Mozart-esque knows they’re going to get a C in my class.“)). I’ve been on a book buying rampage all week though, so I want to finish up the Perec and move on to some other books. What have you been reading? (more…)