Review: Gordon Ramsay’s “24 Hours to Hell and Back”

As a fan of Kitchen Nightmares and Gordon Ramsay in general, I was excited to see him returning with a new “restaurant help” show after a nearly four year hiatus. In fact, judging from the commercials, it appeared that this was going to be the same show, just done in a more challenging 24 hours as opposed…

Food & Spirits: Check Out My New Food Blog

For those of you who have enjoyed my Food & Spirits column here for the last year, I have good news: the posts will keep coming, but they will just be located in a different place. Yes, it was time to create a blog devoted entirely to food, rather than the potpourri of subjects I…

Food & Spirits: Kennett Square Odds and Ends

Below are some food and drink-related odds and ends which did not make it into my restaurant reviews from Kennet Square, Pennsylvania the last few days: Longwood Gardens, as expected, was pretty great. Gardens aren’t really my thing, and walking around in the heat and humidity was a bit of a chore, but I enjoyed…

Food & Spirits: Half Moon Restaurant (Kennett Square, PA)

Restaurant: Half Moon Restaurant and Saloon Date: August 25, 2016 Location: 108 West State Street, Kennet Square, PA After an abominable meal the night before, I desperately needed something good to bring me back. We visited The Mushroom Cap which is a store in town devoted entirely to mushrooms (and includes presumably the world’s only “Mushroom…

Food & Spirits: Kildare’s Public House (West Chester, PA)

Restaurant: Kildare’s Public House Date: August 24, 2016 Location: 18 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA It was a beautiful afternoon yesterday and although the inside of the pub was gorgeous, we decided to sit outside. The menu was full of contemporary American classics as well as old Irish favorites. As soon as I saw…

Food & Spirits: Longwood Family Restaurant (Kennett Square)

Restaurant: Longwood Family Restaurant Date: August 24, 2016 Location: 938 East Baltimore Pike, Kennet Square, PA After going more than a year without visiting any horrific restaurants, I have now hit two in the last two months. I’m not even going to introduce the Longwood Family Restaurant with any pleasantries. This place sucked, plain and…

Food & Spirits: Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Finish

It’s not Scotch and it’s not Rye. So what is it, then? How about just damn good. Johnnie Walker Select Casks is going to be a series over the coming years where their Cardhu single malt is aged in barrels atypical to their usual Scotch production. The first in this line is American Rye whiskey…

Food & Spirits: What Happened to Cooking Shows?

I’ve been watching a lot of Jacques Pepin lately. My friend Dave introduced me to a website called Twitch, which generally broadcasts video games. They also have a couple of live streams every week (and some daily) which include older cooking shows and even 24-hour marathons of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. While I…

Food & Spirits: Opening a 40 Year Old Bottle of Drambuie

Leave it to me to go to an estate sale and come home with a bottle of booze. It was hidden behind the opened front door as I walked into the house. A case of old liquor, including a few brands I had never heard of. And there it was: a bottle of Drambuie from…

Food & Spirits: Windmill Family Restaurant (Morgantown, PA)

Restaurant: Windmill Family Restaurant Date: July 24, 2016 Location: 2838 Main Street, Morganville, PA Ah, the first restaurant we hit up on this recent trip is the last review I have to post. This time we stopped at one of my old stomping grounds on the way in last week. The Windmill Family Restaurant is a…