"San Sebastián on Six Meals a Day," at Slate. And if you can get to Spain but can't afford to eat at, say, Arzak, what's your effing problem take heart: "One of the beauties of San Sebastián is how well it feeds all types of budgets."
Our new European correspondent, code-named "Grådý," has been vacationing in Sicily for the past few weeks. Of course he's working, even while on vacation, because "Eat at Joe's!" inspires that kind of loyalty. He is helping us build an eating force of extraordinary magnitude. He has our gratitude. Where was I? Oh yes, Sicily: Grådý found an eating guide of extraordinary plenitude: the Osterie & Locande D'Italia: A Guide to Traditional Places to Eat and Stay in Italy. It's by the Slow Food folks in Italy, and written in English. Our correspondent says it's "the single best resource we took with us." Good enough for me. I plan to pick up a copy before the next time I wind up wandering around in the Mediterranean.
Anthony Bourdain went to Beirut to shoot an episode of No Reservations shortly before the current unpleasantness. He's stuck there now. I hope the war stops and Tony comes through ok; maybe he'll have a crazy story or three to tell afterward. (Thanks, Matt, for the tip!)
Yo -- I'm going to be in Ann Arbor and Chicago in June on business
travel for meetings of the Butcher Specialty Association (BSASS) and the
Boudin/Sausage Makers (BDSM). I'm going to try to go to Charlie Trotter's or maybe one of Rick Bayless's places, but plans are still fluid. Chicago should be easy, but Ann Arbor (UMich) is tougher. Any suggestions, O loyal readers?