Lemon Pepper Chicken
Lemon Pepper Chicken
I’m not a big fan of seasoning mixes. They take up room in the spice drawer, and no matter how much I love a flavor combination I always end up tiring of ...
Passionfruit Syrup
Passionfruit Syrup
True to its name, passion fruit has an intense aroma with a seductive allure. By turning it into a syrup it makes it easy to use in drinks, on pancakes and yogu...
Chopped Chickpea Salad
Chopped Chickpea Salad
This salad is inspired by one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. The chopped chickpea sandwich at ‘wichcraft (which doesn’t appear on the menu a...
Tuna Poke
Tuna Poke
Tuna Poke (pronounced poh-keh) is one of my all-time favorite dishes. With velvety chunks of Yellowfin tuna glazed in fragrant sesame oil and chilies, crisp swe...
Vegan Eggplant Involtini
Vegan Eggplant Involtini
Rich and flavorful with an array of contrasting flavors and textures, these eggplant involtini make for a perfect dinner party dish that both meat-eaters and ve...
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Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken

I’m not a big fan of seasoning mixes. They take up room in the spice drawer, and no matter how much I love a flavor combination I always end up tiring of the blend long before I’m able to use it up. But my biggest beef with these blends is that they often don’t taste…

Passionfruit Syrup

Passionfruit Syrup

True to its name, passion fruit has an intense aroma with a seductive allure. By turning it into a syrup it makes it easy to use in drinks, on pancakes and yogurt, and as a flavoring in baked goods. Head over to PBS Food to see my full post and recipe. continue →

Miso Glazed Chicken Wings

Miso Glazed Chicken Wings

We all know that wings are a crowd pleaser at any shindig, but with the summer heat, do you really want to be standing over a cauldron of boiling oil to please your friends? While these miso glazed chicken wings still involve a half hour of unattended simmering, it’s certainly better than deep frying, and…

Chopped Chickpea Salad

Chopped Chickpea Salad

This salad is inspired by one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. The chopped chickpea sandwich at ‘wichcraft (which doesn’t appear on the menu anymore). At the time, I worked a few blocks from one of the chain’s first locations in NYC and despite eating my way through the menu several times, the chopped…

Tuna Poke

Tuna Poke

Tuna Poke (pronounced poh-keh) is one of my all-time favorite dishes. With velvety chunks of Yellowfin tuna glazed in fragrant sesame oil and chilies, crisp sweet onions, and toothsome seaweed, it’s a smile inducing medley of colors, textures and flavors. The thing that really sets this dish off though is a generous sprinkle of nutty…

Vegan Eggplant Involtini

Vegan Eggplant Involtini

Rich and flavorful with an array of contrasting flavors and textures, these eggplant involtini make for a perfect dinner party dish that both meat-eaters and vegans will love. With a creamy cashew and farro filling wrapped in garlicky roast eggplant, cooked atop a layer of savory tomato sauce, this dish a is a filling crowd-pleaser…

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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…