44. Korean BBQ Bonding

Another desiccated Friday night. Walking down Damen, passed Big Star and the Double Door, was a cruel stroll — people packed bars and clubs looking ahead to a night of possibilities. It was a reminder that I’d turned my back on a bubbling social life. I slowly swept away those possibilities over the last few…

32. Challenging Chili Verde

I was no longer wasted.. And I wasted no time moving on. Dwelling on a failed relationship would only lead to drinking over it so I quickly started laying the groundwork for a successful one: I made plans with Marty. He suggested we meet at Club Foot, the same bar where I went with Niall….

20. Plastered Pierogies

I left Burton at his door while he waited for a cab to take him to the bus station. I walked home quickly, frustrated that I was drunk and still had to make pierogies by six o’clock even though I’d never made pierogis before. It was difficult. I mixed the flour, egg and sour cream together,…

16. Thanksgiving Dinner Diversions

I got home at two o’clock exhausted and ready for a four-day break from the kitchen. I had two small assignments for Thanksgiving: my special labneh and pork rillettes to be served before dinner. Neither one were very much work; they practically made themselves. The labneh was straining in the refrigerator and all I had…

14. Rebound Beef

I learned that the pork roast guy lived down the street from me and that his name was Eamon. We met at Club Foot — it was equidistant from our houses. It also happened to be my favorite bar. It was the quintessential dive bar with a deep, dark history of punk rock. It was…

12. Severed and Satisfied

Back to where I was on Friday, boyfriendless and bored, I resumed cooking as usual only now with fewer smiles and a sharper mind. I was scheduled to work more at Pots et des Casseroles for the week. They had me coming in on Wednesday evening and I was to help close. Being the 14th of…

9. Breakfast Buzz

The great thing about not getting shitfaced is that sleep is solid and you wake up well-rested at a reasonable time. I got up at 7am the next day. I opened facebook to several messages from Burton. He said that was the most dramatic use of an ellipsis that he’d ever read. I responded by…