A Glutton With Brains

"A gourmet is just a glutton with brains." Philip W. Haberman Jr.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


I have a confession. I am ashamed to admit that only three days after I created this blog, I caved. This is going to be harder than I thought it would be.

Last night J and I went to an Ellis Paul concert, which was awesome by the way. One of J's friends joined us and we went to dinner afterwards. I am sorry to report that it wasn't even worth it. I ordered the special, orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage...it sounded much better than it was. I was underwhelmed. It didn't taste bad per se but it was dry and bland. J wisely chose lasagna.

Like any addict, I have spent the day justifying my relapse. Then I heard my dad's voice in my head saying a phrase that I heard countless times growing up. "Everything after but is B.S.". He would somewhat frequently call me or my sister and hand us over to whoever he was with. He would ask us what we say about but in our house. Whichever one of us was the fortunate answerer of the phone would then tell the poor guy on the other end. I always felt bad for them. I can't imagine that a grown man enjoys getting schooled by a young girl. They probably needed it though. In an effort to follow his sage advice, I'm not going to make any more excuses nor will I justify my relapse.

So I am back to square one and I am resetting the clock. I will eat in for the next month starting today. The past few days have just been a practice run. Now for the real deal.

I'm off to make some pizza...recipe to follow!


  1. Dear Jess,

    As someone who’s written wonderful words about the great music coming from singer songwriter Ellis Paul – first I’d like to tell you thank you. I’ve been Ellis Paul's friend and manager since 1992 and his music, words and friendship are jewels in my life. Upon examining the state of the music industry, Ellis and I have realized that far and away the most important connections that we have are not at all on the business side of the equation – it’s the people that love Ellis’ music. They’re more important than the biggest retailer or the most powerful radio station - so we’re starting a campaign to empower the people. Ellis’ new album “The Day After Everything Changed” was completely funded by his fans and is one of the finest he’s ever recorded. Many of Ellis' fans and folks passionate about great songwriting don’t even know that it’s been released. So if you’d like to help support a truly independent artist – here’s how. The lead single track on TDAEC is “Annalee”, and if you go to www.ellispaul.com/free you can download “Annalee” for free. Unlike so many other free song offers – you don’t have to give us your email, sign up or register for anything at all. It’s free for the taking. The small favor we would ask? Please share it with any and all of your friends that would enjoy Ellis’ music. This would help our efforts and help spread the music. This truly is a campaign about the power of the people in the support of independent music and artists.

    Please stay in touch.

    And thank you.

    Ralph Jaccodine, Manager