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

February 3, 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"

February 3, 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

February 3, 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

February 3, 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 ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Make Your Own Damn Harissa"

February 3, 2017

A friend who is a pilot was flying out the next day and wanted some of the delicious harissa sauce made by a local deli, named fittingly enough, “El Harissa.” Problem was it was late Sunday night, and Ben wanted to pick it up before the store opened ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "The Art of Making Bread"

February 3, 2017

I have a friend who owns a bakery. He once told me that making bread is not so much a science as it is an art. He explained, with some frustration, “I can make it with the exact same ingredients, in the exact same way, but it will never turn out the ...