Grilled Brussels Sprout Salad
Grilled Brussels Sprout Salad
The Brussels sprouts, a much maligned vegetable, has recently enjoyed a comeback thanks to it’s nutritional content. But most preparations seem to pair th...
Roasted Red Pepper
Roasted Red Pepper
Bell peppers are a fantastic way of adding flavor, sweetness and color to dish, but the simple act of roasting them amplifies their sweetness, umami and flavor ...
Cucumber Snap Pea Salad
Cucumber Snap Pea Salad
I’ve never been a big fan of “green salads” because they’re about as interesting as a stale piece of pre-chewed gum. But that doesn̵...
Oyster Rice (Kaki Meshi)
Oyster Rice (Kaki Meshi)
Because the waters around Japan become warm in summer, oysters are typically only eaten in months that include an “r” (September through april). Wit...
Peanut Butter Jelly Biscuit
Peanut Butter Jelly Biscuit
I guess you could say I’ve been on a bit of biscuit kick lately. Not only are they ridiculously quick and easy to make, the workable batter makes them per...
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Grilled Brussels Sprout Salad

Grilled Brussels Sprout Salad

The Brussels sprouts, a much maligned vegetable, has recently enjoyed a comeback thanks to it’s nutritional content. But most preparations seem to pair them with pork. I set out to figure out if the meat is really necessary to make the diminutive heads of cabbage tasty. With the help of some sautéed onions, toasted pecans…

Roasted Red Pepper

Roasted Red Pepper

Bell peppers are a fantastic way of adding flavor, sweetness and color to dish, but the simple act of roasting them amplifies their sweetness, umami and flavor elevating them from simply delicious to utterly magical. That’s because the Maillard reaction turns the reducing sugars and amino acids present in the peppers into entirely new flavor…

Cucumber Snap Pea Salad

Cucumber Snap Pea Salad

I’ve never been a big fan of “green salads” because they’re about as interesting as a stale piece of pre-chewed gum. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like green things or salads… They just need to be interesting. With crunchy cukes, crisp snap peas, fresh mint, and sharp feta cheese brought together with a light…

Oyster Rice (Kaki Meshi)

Oyster Rice (Kaki Meshi)

Because the waters around Japan become warm in summer, oysters are typically only eaten in months that include an “r” (September through april). With the end of oyster season rapidly approaching, I found a half pound bag of shucked oysters at my local supermarket on sale for about $7 and couldn’t resist. While pre-shucked oysters…

Peanut Butter Jelly Biscuit

Peanut Butter Jelly Biscuit

I guess you could say I’ve been on a bit of biscuit kick lately. Not only are they ridiculously quick and easy to make, the workable batter makes them perfect for filling with just about anything. With National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day just around the corner, what better way to pay homage to the…

Spaghetti with Soy Sauce Butter Scallops

Spaghetti with Soy Sauce Butter Scallops

What originally started out as a way way to use up leftover scallops has turned into one of my favorite quick meals. Considering it takes less than 10 minutes to put together the 5 ingredients in this dish, it’s has one of the best effort to reward ratios I’ve ever found. Beating out dishes like…

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Mario Kart is REAL

Mario Kart is REAL

I see a lot of wacky things in my travels, so it takes a lot to surprise me. This just blew my mind with a mix of shock, incredulity and yes, a tiny bit of envy. I took these photos on a city street in the middle of the fifth largest city in Japan. Oh…

The House in Hong Kong

The House in Hong Kong

Walking through the doors of The Upper House, life slows down a beat or two. The minuscule lobby is more like a decompression chamber to shed a little energy before taking a serene ride up an escalator designed to mimic a row of torrii gates. There is no front desk in the traditional sense because…

Dueling Wontons

Dueling Wontons

When I mentioned on Twitter that I’d be heading to Hong Kong for a few days, the food recommendations came pouring in. Everyone had a favorite, but the one place I consistently heard as a must-go spot was Mak’s Noodle for their Wonton Noodles. It’s a third generation Hong Kong institution and while the one…

Fullerton Bay Hotel Feels Like Home

Fullerton Bay Hotel Feels Like Home

As much as I love traveling, staying in hotels night after night gets tiresome quickly. It’s around this time that I crave the comforts of home: like knowing how to turn off the lights, having a dock for my iPhone, and waking up in a bed that doesn’t make my back hurt. This last trip…