Category Archives: Anchovies

Snowblind and Housebound and Anchovies

Blizzard continues. We begin to worry about cabin fever setting in. Who is more likely to go all Jack Nicholson, me or Mrs. Me?  Or will it be more like Space Madness?

Trying to focus. Some Wheaton eatin’ in today’s mainstream media:

  • Wheaton Gazette notes DeJaBel’s passing. I really like owner Eddie Velazquez’s attitude and I hope he succeeds in future beverage endeavors. That block in Wheaton has no currently-occupied office space, little parking, no foot traffic, and (I’m guessing) unreasonably high rent.  Tough spot for coffee.  Maybe someday…
  • Shout-out to New Kam Fong (2400 University) and their homemade rice noodles in today’s Post food section noodle article.

The Post also has a brief salute to the anchovy, one of my favorite underrated ingredients. I think a lot of people who react with a mixture of amusement and disgust at the thought of eating an anchovy have not tasted anchovies at their best. I don’t eat them by the fistful — though maybe that’s worth trying too — but I like to add them as an ingredient in certain dishes, especially pasta sauce, where they add saltiness and that difficult-to-define umami “fifth taste.” Even Mrs. Me has been won over to an extent. I like them on pizza sometimes, but I realize I will always be in the minority there. H Mart sells cartons of dried anchovies, pickled anchovies, salted/sauteed anchovies, and I haven’t tried any of those yet but plan to.

I can barely see out the iced-over window, but it appears to still be snowing sideways. Time to go kick the Netflix.