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…

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…