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…

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…

There’s No Place Like Nahm

Yesterday I ran around Bangkok and tried not to look at the grilled chicken satays, or the zingy papaya salads, or the roasted bananas…or any of the enticing food offerings that tempt with seductive scents.  We were going to David Thompson’s Nahm at the Metropolitan Hotel for dinner and I did not want to spoil…