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1996 Stories by Jen Karetnick

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  • There's the Pub

    published December 26, 1996

    Some say that good teachers can teach anything. I happen to think that's true, to a point. Successful teaching does depend on imparting... More >>

  • Something Old, Something Noodle

    published December 19, 1996

    One year, when my parents claimed to be too tired to go out on their anniversary and consume a four-star meal, my sister and I decided to supply... More >>

  • A Confederacy of Munches

    published December 12, 1996

    I had been looking forward to reading Pat Conroy's latest best seller, Beach Music, for two reasons: I admire Conroy's flowery style, and the... More >>

  • 'Scope Springs Eternal

    published December 5, 1996

    Despite vultures, despite tourists, despite conventions galore, I look forward to the winter season for one reason: Important new restaurants,... More >>

  • A Bloom of One's Own

    published November 28, 1996

    "You have a great job," acquaintances declare when they find out what I do. "You're so lucky!" "Yup," I agree unequivocally. Then... More >>

  • Deli Dancing

    published November 21, 1996

    I'm a sucker for gossip, which is the sole reason I maintain a subscription to the West Essex Tribune, my hometown paper. These past weeks I've... More >>

  • The Song Remains the Same

    published November 14, 1996

    As long as I've lived in this town, I've felt guilty for not being Latin. Don't get me wrong. It may have taken my entire adolescence, but... More >>

  • Fear of Flying

    published November 7, 1996

    I have this recurring nightmare, which always seems to hit me when I'm about to go out to a restaurant I'm almost positive will be very good: I... More >>

  • Tex-Mex Times Two

    published October 31, 1996

    South Beach's Mex Mess Cantina Mexicana and Southwestern Cafe and Tita's became inexorably linked in my mind when they opened within months of... More >>

  • Poetry to the Palate

    published October 17, 1996

    This week I asked my elementary school creative writing students to compose a haiku about their favorite food. I explained to them that because... More >>

  • Remember the Mein

    published October 10, 1996

    After dining at the month-old Chinese restaurant Wok & Roll, I've spent an agonizing week. Not that the fresh fare prepared by two-time Chaine des... More >>

  • Doggie Bag Blues

    published October 3, 1996

    I often write about my mother, who passed on to me the fine points of fine dining. But I've neglected to mention the impression my father made... More >>

  • Azure Thing

    published September 26, 1996

    I've been irresponsible. For the past few years I've been throwing around the term pan-Asian to label trendier restaurants that utilize Far... More >>

  • Gut Filling

    published September 19, 1996

    As I see it, women and restaurants are alike in exactly one way: Once they earn a reputation, they've got it for life. Only it's usually "bad"... More >>

  • Mexican Standoff

    published September 12, 1996

    "The thing I miss most about waitressing," I told a friend not too long ago, "is the exercise." Having spent her fair share of time dishing... More >>

  • Simon's Symbiosis

    published September 5, 1996

    In a previous life, when I wrote for a travel magazine, I kept up a running argument with one of the advertising sales representatives. "Without... More >>

  • Food for a Song

    published August 29, 1996

    I'm a sucker for reunions, and this summer I attended a rather offbeat one -- the get-together celebrating the 60th anniversary of the New England... More >>

  • Fish Fulfillment

    published August 22, 1996

    I was born into a family of suburban fishermen. On weekends, vacations, and holidays while I was growing up, my father, brother, and sister liked... More >>

  • Meat Don't Fail Me Now

    published August 15, 1996

    I phoned Las Pampas Argentinian Steak and Pasta House, a two-month-old restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami. "Are you open?" I... More >>

  • Pate Favor

    published August 8, 1996

    In the movie Big, Tom Hanks plays a young boy who is granted his fervent wish to be a grownup, treating the audience to scene after scene of a... More >>

  • Les Deux Faux Pas

    published August 1, 1996

    I've been accused of writing this column out of spite. She harbors a secret, unfulfilled wish to own a restaurant, some gossips whisper, and... More >>

  • Live Free or Dine

    published July 25, 1996

    July is the month for celebrating the existence of America, and I'm all for it. I like where I live. I like the principles on which the United... More >>

  • Quien Es Mas Nacho?

    published July 18, 1996

    Writing about food is a lot like writing about fashion: You know a new trend is going to be unveiled in the fall, but you can't always predict... More >>

  • Isle Be Loving You

    published July 11, 1996

    "All of our restaurants are casual," the owner of the Seaside Inn on Sanibel Island told us, "and none of them is great." On a brief... More >>

  • Exorcism by Pasta

    published July 4, 1996

    Every night at about ten o'clock, my phone rings just once, as if someone had pinged the bell with a forefinger. If I answer it, I hear only the... More >>

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