Spaghetti Amatriciana
Spaghetti Amatriciana
Bucatini All’Amatriciana, like most authentic Italian pastas is a simple dish from Amatrice, where tomatoes are fried in the rendered fat from guanciale a...
Blueberry Maple Cake
Blueberry Maple Cake
When it comes to breakfast, I’m all about savory dishes. But like love, or geopolitics, my breakfast cravings are never so black and white. One thing I ca...
Miso Glazed Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)
Miso Glazed Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)
Nasu Dengaku (なす田楽) is a miso glazed eggplant dish popular in Japan in the middle of summer, when eggplants are at the peak of their season. Ironically,...
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...
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Spaghetti Amatriciana

Spaghetti Amatriciana

Bucatini All’Amatriciana, like most authentic Italian pastas is a simple dish from Amatrice, where tomatoes are fried in the rendered fat from guanciale and tossed together with some cheese and Bucatini. But for me, cooking is about more than just following a rigid set of rules. It’s about working with what you have and making…

Blueberry Maple Cake

Blueberry Maple Cake

When it comes to breakfast, I’m all about savory dishes. But like love, or geopolitics, my breakfast cravings are never so black and white. One thing I can count on, is that when I feel like something sweet for brekkie, a stack of moist blueberry pancakes will fit the bill. The way the rich creamy…

Miso Glazed Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

Miso Glazed Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

Nasu Dengaku (なす田楽) is a miso glazed eggplant dish popular in Japan in the middle of summer, when eggplants are at the peak of their season. Ironically, in a country that has dozens of varieties of eggplants, this dish is most often made with beinasu(米ナス) or “American Eggplant”. The thick meaty flesh of these bulbous…

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…

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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…