Rice Bowl Restaurant – Sargent Avenue

One thing about reviewing restaurants is I often find myself no longer stopping at places I had once visited. The algorithms constantly demand new and fresh material, and so places, such as Rice Bowl, on Sargent become places I used to visit.

However, recently I decided I wanted to visit there again after a few years absence. Unfortunately, although I’ve paid three visits over the last couple of weeks or so, my camera acted up and I only have two photos total to show for three visits.

Rice Bowl Lumpia Shanghai

Lumpia Shanghai from Rice Bowl.

Rice Bowl is a unprepossessing little building. Stepping inside, the decor is also very basic. However, there are plenty of seats, and on all three visits, I had no trouble finding a place to sit.  Continue reading


The Gastronomy of Marriage – Michelle Maisto

The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love

I first came upon The Gastronomy of Marriage late in 2012.  I took a brief look at it in the bookstore. I made a mental note that it would be worth picking up next time I was in book buying mode.  Unfortunately, the next time I was in book buying mode The Gastronomy of Marriage, subtitled A Memoir of Food and Love, was playing hard to get.  It wasn’t until spring of this year that I finally managed to purchase a copy online.

Gastronomy of Marriage

Cover for Michele Maisto’s Gastronomy of Marriage

My only regret is that I didn’t purchase this book earlier.  The Gastronomy of Marriage tells the story of Michelle(the author) and Rich her fiance as they move from boyfriend/girlfriend, to engaged couple living together, to their wedding day.  Along the way they tackle issues of gender roles, religious upbringings, career choices.  Many of these challenges are dealt with in the context of the food they eat and how they prepare it. Continue reading