Maybe it's due to Dickens and Tiny Tim, maybe it's all those British-origin Christmas carols full of hearty tidings of comfort and joy -- the warm 'n' fuzzy fascination with Merrie Olde England felt by most Americans (including Latin Americans, if the astonishingly positive feedback to a review I did several months ago on afternoon tea at the Biltmore Hotel is any indication) magnifies during the December holidays. This almost irresistible attraction for English accoutrements includes, naturally, holiday food like plum pudding -- which, regardless of its source, invariably tastes exactly like one would imagine a dessert whose main ingredients are stale bread and... More >>>