In the Wintery Midwest, Laotian Food Provides the Heat

My sister has been living in Madison, Wisconsin for six months now. If I happen to call her in the mornings, she’s usually driving to work and making exclamations about the scenery. “There are llamas out here! And so many cows. And miniature horses! There’s corn fields and barns, and corn fields and barns.” Everything…

The Korean Cram

With family and friends in town, my past two weeks have been a pants-expanding, late night devouring, cocktail imbibing and all around omnivorous experience. It began by meeting my father and baby brother (at 23 he’s still a baby, right?) in DC for a weekend with my uncle. My uncle is always sending me updates…

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…

Staycation Destination: Chinatown

Whether I”m in New York or Bangkok, the excitement of city living never fades.  In New York, most residents flee to the beaches during the summer: Hamptons, Amagansett, Montauk, Martha’s Vineyard etc. In Bangkok, Thais head up-country for a little r&r, or south to charming beach towns like Hua Hin or Samed for a more…

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…