Vanilla Caramel Brownie
Vanilla Caramel Brownie
There are plenty of recipes out there claiming to be the “ultimate brownie”, but like most things in life, the qualities that make for the ultimate ...
Mongolian Beef Pasta
Mongolian Beef Pasta
This Mongolian Beef Pasta, is another one of those “what if” thought experiments that turned into a delightful weeknight pasta. With marinated beef,...
Kimchi Risotto
Kimchi Risotto
I know, risotto made with kimchi, Gruyère and sushi rice sounds like a crazy combo, but before you write me off as delusional, hear me out. This risotto has a ...
Southwest Tofu Scramble
Southwest Tofu Scramble
I know I probably confuse some of you with my regular flip flopping between vegan dishes and hardcore carnivore fare, but I assure you it’s not an identit...
Shrimp Po’ Boy
Shrimp Po’ Boy
Along with the Banh Mi and the Monte Cristo, the Po’boy is among my favorite sandwiches of all time. Although they can be filled with anything from sausag...
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Vanilla Caramel Brownie

Vanilla Caramel Brownie

There are plenty of recipes out there claiming to be the “ultimate brownie”, but like most things in life, the qualities that make for the ultimate brownie are a matter of personal preference. I like my brownies, dense, chewy, sweet (but not heartburn inducing), and with robust chocolate flavor that packs a sensory wallop. With…

Mongolian Beef Pasta

Mongolian Beef Pasta

This Mongolian Beef Pasta, is another one of those “what if” thought experiments that turned into a delightful weeknight pasta. With marinated beef, bell peppers, scallions and plenty of garlic stir fried before being tossed with pasta and the sweet spicy sauce, this dish comes together in about the time it takes to boil the…

Kimchi Risotto

Kimchi Risotto

I know, risotto made with kimchi, Gruyère and sushi rice sounds like a crazy combo, but before you write me off as delusional, hear me out. This risotto has a stunning color and pleasant tang not unlike a tomato risotto, but the fermented kimchi adds dozens of layers of complexity which are all unified by…

Southwest Tofu Scramble

Southwest Tofu Scramble

I know I probably confuse some of you with my regular flip flopping between vegan dishes and hardcore carnivore fare, but I assure you it’s not an identity crisis, nor is it a misguided effort to lose weight. What it often comes down to is what I have in the refrigerator, and on this particular…

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Along with the Banh Mi and the Monte Cristo, the Po’boy is among my favorite sandwiches of all time. Although they can be filled with anything from sausages to roast beef, I’m a fan of the ones with fried seafood such as oysters, catfish or shrimp. “Dressed” with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and a generous…

Instant Berry Sangria

Instant Berry Sangria

Although summer’s just getting started here in Tokyo, the humidity makes it feel as though I’m constantly wrapped in a luke-warm wet blanket. After spending my past few summers up in Hokkaido where it only hits 80 degrees F on a very hot day, I can already tell I’m going to hate the summers here….

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Working From My Happy Place

Working From My Happy Place

I was recently given a HP Stream 8 with Intel Inside®, along with an opportunity to work from my happy place. I accepted the challenge and used the chance to escape the orderly chaos of Tokyo, temporarily relocating my office to a secluded stretch of beach just outside Kailua on the Hawaiian island of Oahu….

noma Japan

noma Japan

Those of you who have been reading this blog for long know that I don’t do many restaurant reviews. But it’s not everyday that I get a chance to eat at the Best Restaurant In The World, with food prepared at the hands of one of the most influential people in the world. So here’s…

Mario Kart is REAL
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…

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