Starchefs, Starstruck

This past week has been a blurry whirlwind of lectures, demos, chefs and friends. It began last week when my uncle forwarded me a snippet from The Washington Post that mentioned that Ferran Adria was coming to D.C. to talk about his newest cookbook and the transformation that El Bulli will be undergoing in the…

Young Cooks, Head East!

Spain, France and most recently Denmark are the hot spots for cooks looking to stage abroad. Up until it recently shuttered its doors, El Bulli was one of the greatest resume builders you could have. Arzak, Martin Berasategui, Mugaritz, Noma, along with the well established Michelin’ed restaurants of France are destinations for aspirational cooks looking…

Fodder for the Fire: Burning Man

Chicken coconut curry with pineapple and green chilis, vegan beet burgers, vegetarian lasagna, Indian spiced lentils with braised cabbage, blanched kale, and honey roasted carrots. One of New York’s global cuisine restaurants? Nope. I ate this food in the middle of Black Rock City’s desert during the week long festival Burning Man. Burning Man is…

My Two Favorite Things

I was recently interviewed for the Village Voice blog on eating and traveling 🙂   Chatting With Del Posto Cook and Travel Writer Claire Handleman On The Joys of Eating In Thailand (Part 1)   Everyone loves to travel; not everyone, however, lives to travel. During most of the year, Claire Handleman pays the rent…

Egg Meets Grill

Eggs are the perfect food.  A perfectly designed serving of protein and fat can be cooked and manipulated in endless ways: soft pillowy egg pouches draped in an egg-emulsified Hollondaise sauce, sweet soy sauce boiled eggs stewed with chunks of braised pork, a fried egg perched atop a mountain of fried rice, soft scrambled eggs…

Red Beans Give You Wings….Or Something Like That

While in Seoul, Seouyoung and I have been on a quest to find the most delicious red bean and shaved ice dessert.   Pat Bing Soo is the name of this luscious and refreshing Korean style sweet. I first had this dessert in Korea Town in New York with Seoyoung.  Now that I’m in Korea, I…

Wet Feet and Royal Eats

Chiang Mai is up-country.  Many Thais and expats prefer the laid back atmosphere of this charming city to the bustle and buzz of Bangkok.  My girlfriends  came to travel Thailand so we decided to head North for a bit of excitement.  But we didn’t go for the cool and quieter side of Chiang Mai…oh no,…

Jakarta: The Big Durian

The Big Durian is the nickname lovingly bestowed to Indonesia’s largest city, Jakarta.  I had no idea what to expect from this city, but I do know one thing: I love durian.  Of course the moniker is really referencing Jakarta’s stinky and rough qualities but I prefer to think of the city in regards to…

Red Clay Hill

Up in the mountains, only a few kilometers outside of Chiang Rai, a potter’s paradise can be found:  Doy Din Dang– this Thai alliteration translates into red clay hill. I never write about anything other than food… food that I experience while I travel.  My passions in life feel very singular.  I like to eat…

Tangy, Fishy and Curiously Intriguing

As I was walking down the street tonight on my way to pick up my regular evening salad, and thinking to myself, “Should I have cucumber? Long Bean? or papaya tonight?” I spotted a newcomer.  Or at least, she hasn’t been there since I’ve had my eagle eyes on the road. She was an older…

The Perfect Papaya Salad

Thailand has a seemingly endless variety of food stuffs to wade through.  On my block alone, every 2.5 steps there is a different street vendor–one sells roasted bananas, another rocks a cleaver preparing a Hunan chicken dish, while a young lady sells a fresh veggie soup made to order and her neighbor rolls out sticky…

Singapore’s So Slick

Singapore has the largest percentage of millionaire households in the world.  While the rest of the world has been in flux during the crisis, millionaires are just sprouting up left and right in this small country of less than 4 million  people. Driving the streets of Singapore feels a bit like Monaco.  Flashy Lamborghinis, Ferraris…