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MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Nobody Goes There Anymore"

March 24, 2017

I told someone I loved about a highly-regarded restaurant in her city, Portland, Oregon. She just sighed and shook her head.  I immediately thought of Yogi Berra.   Berra is in the Hall of Fame for baseball, but many know him chiefly through his ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Jamaican Breakfast

March 24, 2017

One of the things I love about travel is trying the local cuisine. When I’m lucky, I get to try foods I’ve never tasted, or even heard of. A recent trip to Jamaica found me doing just that. Yes, there was the ubiquitous jerk chicken and Red Stripe ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Things Servers Say to Drive Me Crazy"

March 24, 2017

One of the lesser known events of 2016 was the growth of a secret cult that trains all restaurant servers. I have noticed that no matter the restaurant, plain or fancy, urban or rural, they all utter the same two phrases: Upon greeting, “Hello, I’m ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Squashed and Stuffed"

March 24, 2017

There is nothing like a hearty serving of roasted winter vegetables, sitting on a plate. Nothing that can’t be improved on, that is. Because this is the “Please the Palate” way - there is no food, no dish, that can’t endure an extra ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: The Sexiest Diet Alive

March 24, 2017

This week’s People magazine features their annual winner of the “Sexiest Man Alive.” This year it’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, former wrestling star, and now the highest paid actor in the world. Sure, Rock is a nice piece ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Fudgies

March 24, 2017

There are many things unique to Mackinac Island. The absence of cars. The smell of horse poop, mingling with the aromas of fudge. The fudge itself.  What’s up with fudge? What I mean is, no one ever buys fudge or eats it unless it’s connected ...