Get Your Res On: Andres Carne de Res

Warning: the following post is littered with cheesy Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory lyrics. An intense chocolate or arepa craving may occur after reading. ‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket. I’ve got a golden chance to make my way. And with a golden ticket, it’s going to be a golden day! After an hour…

MASA: Oven to Table

I am not so much a bread person. Carbohydrates don’t excited me, unless I happen to be in Paris. I can easily forgo most pastas, rice and rolls. Filler foods, who needs ’em? That is, unless we’re talking about flaky croissants aux amandes or heavenly pain au chocolat. These works of art can lure me…

Popeye Pie Perfection at Jim Lahey’s Co.

If you get a group of cooks together, they are definitely going to spend most of their time talking about food. Inevitably, topics such as “where’s your favorite x,y, or z” lead to fun food field trips. My most recent one was a pizza discussion, which lead to an excursion. Being from Southern California, I…

Eat Your Veggies at Manfred’s & Vin

After a full day of sitting inside a darkened tent for the MAD Symposium held in Copenhagen, we were ready for a bit of sun and a meal where we could all sit down and chew over the material we had just spent 8 hours digesting. Our group of seven hopped in two taxis and…

It’s a MAD, MAD Copenhagen

A few days in Copenhagen, a city that has quickly risen to gastronomic stardome in the past few years, to participate in a food symposium, seemed like an excellent way to spend my first few days of July. René Redzepi has put Denmark on the map, along with other notable chefs, with their New Nordic…

Lucky Rice, Lucky Me

Lucky Rice is a festival that celebrates and promotes all things Asian– an event that speaks to my inner Asian self (I often tell people I’m half Asian and frequently I just get  nods. It’s practically the truth!). I’ve been traveling through the spicy lands for years now and feel very at home when I’m…

Kuala Lumpur, An Exercise in Eating

I was sitting in my hotel room two weeks ago hovering the mouse arrow over the buy button at the bottom of AirAsia’s promotion flight to Kuala Lumpur. I needed to do a visa run, but the most important part of the crossing the border part was which country I would renew my papers in….

Bringing a Touch of Del Posto to Chiang Mai

My friend Sunee has been a cooking instructor at Chiang Mai University for thirty years. When she has the opportunity to bring in another chef/cook/someone who likes to cook, she seizes the opportunity, both for herself and for her students. She is given the chance to step back for a day and assist, while the…

How Do You Like Them Appens?

Last night as I was walking through the market, a woman sitting on the sidewalk with little piles of fruits in front of her caught my eye. I’ve actually tried these before, but wasn’t sure what it was. She called in an appen sta (appen is apple in Thai, the sta I have no idea….

A Sweet That Wasn’t so Sweet

If I don’t know what it is, I want to try it. I don’t want to proverbial “chew on it” or think about what it might taste like. No, I want to savor it, munch it, understand the texture, what spices are in it, and how it most likely was made. It should be in…

Thai Home Cooking, Royal Style

I’m so full! Can I be cheesy and say both physically and emotionally? Good, there I said it. I just got home from one of those evenings that leave goosebumps on your arms because it was so fun and full of great people. My friend Andy, a chef who is wise in the ways of…