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The lost art of mac and cheese

Marlena Morton
Dec 3rd, 2011

Marlena Morton of Woman Eats City looks longingly at a sad plate of Mac and Cheese, and the state of comfort dining in Vancouver.

After a particularly bad run-in with a very sad mac and cheese this week, I feel I should speak up.  I won’t say where, it’s irrelevant anyways as its all bad mac and cheese at the moment.

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. This city is ruining mac and cheese.

We have loads of places to go now if you’re in the mood for comfort food. It would seem that when people need to treat themselves, it’s not necessarily to fancy steak house fare anymore.  Complete diet rejection would never be done with something as Atkins as a steak au poivre anyways. As far as I’m concerned if you absolutely have to feel better though food, it's fried chicken, corn bread, ribs, burgers, and mac and cheese. Sometimes all at the same time.

Fusion fail: why restaurants should stick to getting one dish right

Marlena Morton
Jun 7th, 2011

Roast Beef Sushi, one of the sad culinary consequences of "Fusion" food. Taken from

Fusion. What was at first such an exciting word in the world of food has earned a decidedly bad reputation. “Fusion” used to mean daring combinations of Asian and classical elements. Now, seeing it on a menu, or even worse, the name of the very restaurant, seems to signal to the diner overly elaborate hack versions of dishes that everyone was perfectly fine with in the first place.

At its best, fusion can be a celebration of creativity and a well-traveled chef.  At its very worst, it's a flashy pipe dream that disrespect the ingredients and the cultures from which it sprang in the first place. 

You can eat almost anything in Vancouver. In fact, its very diversity makes it one of the best places on the planet to eat. However the restaurant business is a very fickle one. At one time, making the menu “fusion” seemed to be insurance against culinary whims. How can your menu grow flat if, at any given time, you can just combine whatever trendy ingredient is to hand, stuff it into a gyoza wrapper and call it a day?

Of course it’s gone out of style, just like every other attempt at menu immortality. Think Retro Food, Nouvelle Cuisine, Salad Bars.

Bringing the dinner party back in the social media age

Marlena Morton
Apr 14th, 2011

Gastropubs like the Irish Heather are increasingly popular as communal dining venues

In an age when what we really need is to put down our smart phones for a minute and just socialize, the long table is an idea whose time has come again.

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