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Israel: A Foodie’s Promised Land

Israeli breakfast is a cheese lover’s Canaan.  At the Jerusalem hotel where I arrived mid-morning after a long flight, there were easily two dozen varieties—white, yellow, bleu, hard, soft, semi-soft, creamy. It’s an example of how Kosher restrictions can foster pleasure, the way that structure forces a poet to create literary beauty.  Because of the… Read More Israel: A Foodie’s Promised Land

culture, food, history, travel

Walking Salem

Recently, a beloved errand lent me the chance to walk for a spell in the city of my birth–Salem, Massachusetts. It’s an uncommon city whose spirit now twists around the singular error of its life. In what has to be one of the world’s weirdest successful marketing strategies, Salem embraces her infamous past as the… Read More Walking Salem