Scraping a Living at a Crêpes Restaurant

“Are you afraid of getting burned?” asked my supervisor as I gingerly lifted a floppy, undercooked crêpe with a spatula. I looked at it with dismay as it fell apart. She swept it off to the side with one long motion of her own spatula, greasing the griddle again. “I’m not,” she said as I struggled to spread the thick buckwheat batter evenly on the huge griddle.

The Argument for Processed Food

If we are going to eat well in the future, we have to continue to modernize our food production instead of looking to the past.

A Short Story About Privilege

“His shelves are full of books and his fridge is full of food” — just by itself, that line says so much. Books and food are, as the lawyers say, necessary, if not sufficient.

From Fetish Parties to Farmer’s Markets: On Graduating Into A Recession

I worked the coat check at fetish parties, escorted women home from their plastic surgery appointments on the Upper East Side, babysat, dogsat, and cleaned out apartments belonging to hoarders.

Tuesday Check-in

And how was your long weekend?

How To Make Leftovers Into A Meal

You can fancy it up further with those herbs that you bought a bunch of for that one recipe and left in your fridge to silently judge you every time you open the door.

USC MFA Students Quit En Masse; Art Institute Students Seek Student Loan Forgiveness

I sympathize very much with the two groups of fine arts students currently in the news: the University of Southern California MFA class that quit, en masse, after issues with funding and work opportunities; and the Art Institute students fighting for student loan forgiveness after the announcment that most of the for-profit Art Institute campuses would be shut down.

Had We But World Enough & Time, Here’s What We’d Splurge On, Food-Wise

Really good bourbon whisky, for when the situation calls for it. Really good dark chocolate, preferably with sea salt, for the same reason.

A Cupcake Decorator Gets Fired for Being a Hero

For three sweet weeks in 2008 while the economy was on the brink of extinction, I decorated cupcakes. The job—froster at a cupcakes-only bakery—came from my roommate, who worked there on weekends. She was working part-time at the ACLU during the week. The decorator job opened up when she got a full-time spot campaigning for Death with Dignity.

Grocery Shopping Never Ends

Remember how I went grocery shopping last week and said “but it doesn’t feel like I bought any food?” Well, I was right on that count.

“Would You Rather?” Real Estate Edition

Would you rather live in the shoebox or in the Startup Castle? Or perhaps you’d like to see what’s behind Door #3?

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of My Fortnightly Organic Food Box

When you can see a notoriously cost-effective supermarket that is open 24/7 from your bedroom window, subscribing to a fortnightly organic food box feels indulgent.

Friday Estimate

What are your estimates?

I’m Not a Bartender, I’m a Bar-Back

Banks Plead Guilty to Manipulating Global Currency Values

What’s going to happen next? The banks will be fined, of course. So far, no individual bank employees have been indicted, in part because (to quote the NYT) “the banks long ago dismissed most of the employees suspected of wrongdoing.”