Vegan Spinach Dip
Vegan Spinach Dip
I’d be a liar and you’d never believe a thing I said if I told you that this vegan spinach dip tastes exactly like the full fat, full cheese, full m...
Hiyashijiru (Chilled Cucumber Sesame Soup)
Hiyashijiru (Chilled Cucumber Sesame Soup)
As a young child, I spent most summers visiting my mom’s side of the family on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. At the time, my grandparents and gr...
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...
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Vegan Spinach Dip

Vegan Spinach Dip

I’d be a liar and you’d never believe a thing I said if I told you that this vegan spinach dip tastes exactly like the full fat, full cheese, full mayo version. But I’d be an equally big fibber if I neglected to convey just how ridiculously good this spinach dip is. To help you…

Corn with Bacon Vinaigrette

Corn with Bacon Vinaigrette

What happens when you take two of my favorite foods and season them with one of my favorite herbs? You get this marvelous warm corn salad that may just be my new go-to way of having corn! Creamy, smokey and brimming with umami, and yet crisp, fresh and balanced. Head over to PBS Food this…

Hiyashijiru (Chilled Cucumber Sesame Soup)

Hiyashijiru (Chilled Cucumber Sesame Soup)

As a young child, I spent most summers visiting my mom’s side of the family on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. At the time, my grandparents and great grandmother lived in a small, rural fishing/farming village about 2 hours from the nearest small airport, which for an island about the size of South Carolina,…

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…

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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…