Sweet and Sour Pork
Sweet and Sour Pork
I once wrote a post about my feelings about sweet and sour pork. It’s never been one of my favorites, mostly because of all the additives (like corn syrup...
Fig and Endive Salad
Fig and Endive Salad
This simple autumn salad comes together in minutes and yet it presents well enough to serve for a dinner party. With sweet figs, salty ricotta salata, and a cri...
Matsutake Gohan (Pine Mushroom Rice)
Matsutake Gohan (Pine Mushroom Rice)
In Japan, the seasons play a central role in determining the flavors and colors of the food. While greenhouses and modern transportation networks allow “seaso...
Basic Tomato Sauce
Basic Tomato Sauce
One of the first things I learned how to cook as a kid was a basic tomato sauce (a.k.a. marinara sauce). It’s the basis for so many dishes and sauces from...
Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)
Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)
Like most things in life, the rules of cooking aren’t set in stone, and there are always exceptions. I’ve never been a big fan of certainties, and s...
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Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

I once wrote a post about my feelings about sweet and sour pork. It’s never been one of my favorites, mostly because of all the additives (like corn syrup, food coloring and MSG) that go into the typical version of the dish. Bent on making it better, I came up with

Fig and Endive Salad

Fig and Endive Salad

This simple autumn salad comes together in minutes and yet it presents well enough to serve for a dinner party. With sweet figs, salty ricotta salata, and a crisp bed of shredded endives dressed in a roasted almond vinaigrette there’s no shortage of flavors, textures and colors to keep senses stimulated. Head over to PBS…

Matsutake Gohan (Pine Mushroom Rice)

Matsutake Gohan (Pine Mushroom Rice)

In Japan, the seasons play a central role in determining the flavors and colors of the food. While greenhouses and modern transportation networks allow “seasonal” produce to be had all year round, there’s an irresistible draw to the fleeting seasonality of ingredients. That’s why there’s still a great emphasis placed on the seasons. Matsutake mushrooms…

Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce

One of the first things I learned how to cook as a kid was a basic tomato sauce (a.k.a. marinara sauce). It’s the basis for so many dishes and sauces from lasagna to eggplant parmesan, and despite its apparent simplicity, it’s actually quite complex. What you add to the sauce and how you treat each…

Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)

Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)

Like most things in life, the rules of cooking aren’t set in stone, and there are always exceptions. I’ve never been a big fan of certainties, and so for this Soboro Don (そぼろ丼) I’m going to tell you do break the rules and do something unthinkable for a classically trained chef. In most cases, common…

Roasted Eggplant Tomato Salad

Roasted Eggplant Tomato Salad

Sun-ripened tomatoes and smoky grilled eggplant are the stars in this simple, yet delightfully flavorful late summer salad. Head over to PBS Food to get my full post, including techniques on grilling eggplant, and making a tomato water vinaigrette. continue →

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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…