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Mike at the Movies

Boyhood (R) ***** You may have heard about this film. It was shot over a 12-year span with the same cast so it is unusually consistent in character, pace and appearance. Forget all that. As remarkable as it was to…

Soups for Summer

Summer is when we get to relax, enjoy good friends and serve great recipes made from fresh farm produce, and fresh seafood. Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup It is great on a hot summer night since it is light and easy,…

Mike at the Movies

And So It Goes (PG-13) **** Love among the aging is a topic often developed and often laughed at, mainly because many audiences are too young to realize that life’s urges die slowly, if at all. Stories of elder love…

July’s Treats

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Churros, pictured here, are a pastry that’s fried and then dipped in homemade cinnamon sugar — a tasty treat for 
the summer.

The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin by Michael Krondl Chicago Review Press Culinary Historian, award-winning cooking instructor, chef, food writer and author of “Sweet Invention: History of Dessert,” Michael Krondl refreshingly and irreverently traces the origins of…

Hiking the Great Wall

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Betsy Taylor is pictured along an older section of the Great Wall of China.

You are carrying a walking stick and hiking along an ancient wall in China. The Great Wall was built mostly during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), but some parts date back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.). You stop briefly for…

Mike at the Movies

Earth to Echo (PG) ** Most of the primary audience for this film was not yet born when its progenitor, “E.T.,” attracted millions. This time the alien thing is called “Echo,” and he is cute, for sure, if more complex…

Destinations for Chocoholics

Ginger Lemon Grass Truffles You don’t have to travel the world to find great artisanal chocolates—they’re made right here by husband and wife Eric and Crisoire Reid at SPAGnVOLA in the Kentlands. Not only is this a chocolate shop and cafe,…