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Thursday, November 30

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Random Sun Sep 14 2008

Comfort from the Storm

I spent all day yesterday ripping sopping wet carpet out of my parents' basement, even as more water seeped in and more rain poured down. Our only comfort at the time was our sense of humor -- that, and the carpet was installed circa 1972, and reminded everyone of a cheesy Las Vegas hotel (think Circus Circus). It was time for it to go.

When I got back to my place, I put on my PJs and tucked into a nice hot bowl of vegetable soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Today, the comfort eating continued: steak, mashed potatoes with pureed carrots, and chocolate cake.

It was a miserable weekend, but at least I ate well. What did you eat this weekend to keep you happy?

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helen / September 14, 2008 10:24 PM

This weekend was marked by cheeseburgers and fajitas (not, sadly, at once). But more critically: I have stayed at Circus Circus, and it was one of the most regrettable travel decisions I've made in my entire life. I am thrilled on your behalf that your parents' carpet is gone.

Andrew / September 15, 2008 12:45 AM

Yeah, Circus Circus is the pits. I'm surprised it hasn't been torn down.

Lots of comfort food this weekend. Cinnamon made tuna casserole tonight.

R / September 15, 2008 9:22 AM

Banana bread!

I once ate at the buffet at Circus Circus. My college cafeteria was better.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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