My Favorite Lunch Spot in the Whole Wide World

  I’m learning to read and write Thai, and let me tell you, it’s quite the challenge. I’m mainly inspired to learn because I really really really want to be able to talk with people (obvious). Specifically about food. Many of the street vendors here I’ve been visiting for years and we have a very…

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…

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…

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…

A New Adventure in Thailand Starts off Spicy

My first day in Bangkok was exactly what I wanted it to be. Actually maybe just a little bit more. I came off the airplane anxious to shake 22 hours of sitting out of my body. Oh yeah, first I had to take a taxi into the city. Then I could shake it off. A…

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…

Continuation

Chatting With Del Posto Cook and Travel Writer Claire Handleman On The Joys of Eating In Thailand (Part 2) Yesterday we talked to Claire Handleman, who cooks at Del Posto and blogs about her constant travels at Passport to Eat, about how she fell in love with Thai cuisine and the best papaya salad she’s…

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…