In Memoriam: Joseph Rocha

/ August 23, 2017

Every once in a while, we here at Critical Mousse need to take a breather from the world of food and recognize our friends and family who have contributed so much to our lives....

In Memoriam

/ May 12, 2017

In memory of Saige Borden...

Meeting the Chef After Dinner

/ April 12, 2017

One of the most vivid culinary memories I have is of a childhood visit to a local restaurant outside Paris where the chef, following our repast, met everyone in the parking lot to shake hands with his customers....

Forget Dessert ... I'll Just Sleep in My Risotto

/ March 7, 2017

Anyone else start falling asleep at the dinner table once the clock strikes 10?...

Just How Long Should a Meal Be?

/ November 9, 2016

I’m a big fan of long, leisurely dinners. At many high-end restaurants, such repasts are the norm. You can’t get out before three hours are up unless you let the staff know you’re going to the theater, trying to catch a plane, seeking a spot on the line at Shake Shack and so on. Full meals shouldn’t be cut short when it comes to special occasions. Taking your ...

The Elusive Napkin-in-the-Shirt Diner

/ November 7, 2016

Manners are a fickle thing, aren’t they? It seems like only yesterday that folks around the known universe often tucked their napkins into their shirts during mealtimes. Now, however, that practice seems to be rare or even forgotten, a vestige of an all-too-gauche era during which people dried their hands on their pants and wiped their noses on their sleeves....

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