In Brooklyn, a Jaunt Through the Caucases

Yesterday my friend Irena and I took the Q train to the Church stop in Brooklyn. We walked past many a bodega and a few grocery stores, and very little else. But we weren’t here for lotto tickets or discounted ground beef. We were on a way to Banya. We met our friend Vera in…

Rice is Nice

Originally posted on Not Fine Dining:
I was down in Nakhon Si Thammarat earlier this week, wandering around one of the country’s holiest wats, Wat Mahathat, when my facebook alert chimed in my pocket. I stepped outside of the temple and discreetly looked at the message. My friend Baimohn asked what I was up to…

Wednesday Soba

Yellow oyster mushrooms, eggs from down the road, radish, scallion, shitake, tofu and seaweed…all over buckwheat noodles!

Growing Some Balls to Learn How to Cook Brain

You know when you really want to do something but don’t have the balls to do it? And then you do it and it’s like, why didn’t I do that earlier?? Last night I went to one of my favorite street vendors in my neighborhood, Khun Yu, and ordered a new dish I hadn’t tasted…

Tiger Thai Tattoo

I already have two Thai-style tattoos and have been wanting a third for several years. I’ve held off because I wanted one from a monk, but I was hesitant to just go to anyone. In Thailand tattoos, or sak yan, received from monks have mystical powers, magic of sorts, and protect the bearer of the…

My Favorite Lunch Spot in the Whole Wide World

  I’m learning to read and write Thai, and let me tell you, it’s quite the challenge. I’m mainly inspired to learn because I really really really want to be able to talk with people (obvious). Specifically about food. Many of the street vendors here I’ve been visiting for years and we have a very…

Chicken Soup Extreme

I love this dish and it’s a soup that will definitely go on a future menu. It’s full of chicken bits, including shredded white meat, bits of bone with crunchy cartilage, blood cake and braised feet. It may sound a bit extreme, but it’s probably the kind of soup a chicken would hope to end…

Goats in Trees

It’s real! On the way to Essouira we passed several trees, limbs heavy with these twinkle toe goats. They daintily perch on branches to nibble the nuts that are so famously used to make argan oil. Perhaps one of my favorite sites in all of Morocco.

Sahara

my camel, Bob Marley, and Said, my Berber friend

Thrift Stores, Korean Tacos and Car Dancing

My sibs and I love to find quirky pieces in thrift stores, so we explore Hermosa Beach and stumble upon Lopalopa. A DJ spins tunes as you shop the excellent collection of old T’s and worn denim. My sister Julia and I finally made our way to Kogi and sampled the famous Korean tacos. And…

Thai Dessert Sweetness!

This weekend my heart was aching for Thailand and my teeth were aching for something sweet. I wasn’t in the mood for chocolate (I’m not sure how this is possible!) and ice cream wasn’t going to cut it, so I hiked up to Elmhurst to buy some Thai ingredients. I came home, arms loaded with…

A Taste of Tiradentes

Before I left on a two week adventure to South America, I asked a few friends for recommendations on what and where to eat in Brazil. I’d heard of course of feijoada, the national bean and pork dish, and was looking forward to lush tropical fruits (acai smoothies here I come!). Two girlfriends, separately, recommended…