Gingersnaps & Christmas Markets in Copenhagen

Gingersnap cookies, heart-shaped Christmas lights, and Glogg (hot mulled wine with Aquavit, raisins & almonds) fill the stalls along the Copenhagen's Nyhavn Canal. Pine trees, trinkets, bratwurst, fried potatoes, chocolate, hot candied almonds and dazzling Christmas ornaments will pull you in - powerful winter magnets.Tourists, couples and local families with bundled children mill around Nyhavn (New ...

Hot Chocolate & Day of the Dead in Mexico

Sugar Cookie Skulls from Leite's Culinaria Please do not feel obliged to put chilies in your hot chocolate in the interest of authenticity.  "Mexican Hot Chocolate" with spicy chilies and Aztec branding is a fine trend - you can hardly miss it at Starbucks and beyond.  But to some (full disclosure: me), chilies work best ...

Sugar Pumpkins in Connecticut

Is it their silly, bulbous shape that makes us love them?  Is it their unflinching shade of orange?  Does their candy-loaded symbolism spark memory and ignite neurological pleasure centers?  Do we even need to analyze a love so pure?  Roasted pumpkins melt in the oven - their shapes collapse, their so-bright colors tarnish; they surrender ...

City-State Market at USC

The University of Southern California's president, C. L. Max Nikias, recently addressed the rising cost of education.  His defense included the increased market demand that universities function like the city-states of ancient Athens and Rome with infrastructure, housing, dining, myriad services, ethics, technology, independence and, for us, round-the-clock coffee shops.  Oh yeah, and curriculum, too. ...