What’s in a Name?

Shakespeare tried to teach us that it is the essential nature of a person or a thing that matters, not the name. What we call a flower does not determine its scent and what we name a person does not determine his character (read Freakonomics for a fascinating case in point). But does this same…

Maple Syrup and the Crazy Things We’ll Miss

I abandoned the comforts of a dorm room with built in entertainment of every kind and a dining hall flush with food and headed off to Japan where I abstained from most forms of entertainment and cooked and cared entirely for myself…. You would expect these things to be of particular interest to 19- and 20-year old boys, but you might be surprised that what we missed most often was food.The foods we missed were simple things…. Few things would bring more relief than finding out the new guy had his own maple syrup extract and wouldn’t be draining our finite resources.These comfort foods were so much a part of our palette and daily lives that we didn’t expect to miss them…. Foods have become much more global and fast food chains much more ubiquitous, but there will be foods for all of us that will be our maple syrup or mayonnaise.