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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

IPA

Indian Palate Awareness Tamarind, tumeric, garam masala, asafoetida, coriander, cumin, bitter melon, kalonji seed and chaat masala.  These flavors will make your taste buds sit up and take notice.  India is not a country to tip-toe around the food markets nor by-pass the street vendors.  If you dive in, you will be rewarded with culinary…

omo valley, the real o.g.

i started my ethiopian adventure solo because irena got a bug in her eye (and slept with her contacts in) while we were in malawi.  as a result, she got a terrible terrible eye infection.  after several doctors and ineffective treatment, she had to fly to south africa to get treatment.  i continued north through…