In Your Kitchen

Once upon a time I ran a food blog called Until We Eat Again, which chronicled my cooking and eating adventures in Toronto. It's mainly a recipe blog, but I did a fair amount of restaurant reviewing, too. (And if you're located in the Toronto area, you may want to stop by Harvest Noon, the café/co-op I helped found on UofT campus.)

For All You Linguists

And while we're on the topic of puzzles... When I was a linguistics major I helped compose problems for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, an annual contest where high-school students from across the country compete to solve linguistic puzzles. One of my puzzles appeared in the 2008 competition and then made it into print, as part of a collected volume of past puzzles. Now you can try your hand at solving it yourself! The puzzle is based on the unique phonetic rules associated with forming compound nouns in Japanese. No particular background knowledge in either linguistics or Japanese is required. A solution to the puzzle, along with a complete explanation of the associated linguistic phenomenon, can be found here. (The published version of my puzzle can be found in "Puzzles in Logic, Languages and Computation: The Red Book", Dragomir Radev (ed.), Springer: 2013.)