Ari's Top 5

Mirzam Chocolate with Coffee & Cardamom

A cup of amazing Arabic coffee in chocolate bar If you like both great dark chocolate and a good cup of coffee, as I do, you might well want to check out this terrific chocolate bar made by Kathy Johnston and her team at Mirzam in the unlikely origin of Dubai. I’ve gone back to […]

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Uove in Purgatorio

“Eggs in Purgatory” makes a marvelous meal If you don’t remember your religious contexts, purgatory is where our souls wait for purification before getting into heaven. Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, the concept seemed about right for this period of the pandemic; we’re getting close, but we’re not really out the other side either. Science […]

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Ribeye Steak with Tarragon Butter at the Roadhouse

Or alternatively, local asparagus topped with tarragon butter The best foods for me are, much more often than not, surprisingly simple. A few really great ingredients that come together to make something remarkable. These two spring specials on the Roadhouse menu clearly qualify! They’re both variations on this theme, the common connection being the terrific […]

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Enhancing and Restoring Our Cultural Soil

13 things we can do to enrich our organizational cultures Last week I wrote a bunch about the importance of organizational culture—how much difference it makes to be part of a healthy culture versus an unhealthy one, and my metaphorical context of imagining organizational culture as the soil in which we’re working. This week I’ll begin […]

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Pistachio Gelato from the Creamery

An even better pistachio ups the ante Natural Law #8 states: “To get to greatness, you need to keep getting better all the time.” And it’s a small, but still meaningful, implementation of that universal principle of good business that prompted me to put the pistachio gelato in this week’s notes—what was always really good, […]

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“Red Truffles” from Northern Italy

Powerfully good Piemontese cherry peppers stuffed with anchovies and capers I will say without hesitation, these cherry peppers stuffed with anchovies are truly one of the most terrific things I’ve ever eaten. Food writer Faith Willinger refers to these as “red truffles,” which I think is an appropriate description—they’re almost as hard to find, similarly shaped, and […]

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