Enjoying California

I'm in California for a few days, speaking at and attending the inaugural Taste 3 conference in Napa. I'm not sure I'll have much opportunity for site updates, so I'll let you catch up on some good stuff you might have missed from the past few weeks. Here are some of my favorites:

Why are modern restaurants so noisy?
Guest blogger Michael Ruhlman's great rant on the ethics of eating
And Tony Bourdain's comment in the thread (wow!)
My thoughts about Veganism, foie gras and personal choice
A great tale about how to cure pig's jowl in a small New York apartment
And finally, Strawberry Fields Forever, my ode to my grandparents' strawberry patch and probably my favorite thing I've written for this site.

Enjoy! I'll catch up with you next week upon my return.