Agedashi Tofu
Agedashi Tofu
Agedashi Tofu is one of those magical dishes where a few simple ingredients come together in a harmonizing synergy that elevates the dish from humble to divine....
Island Burger
Island Burger
One of the great things about being a full time food blogger is that I can work from anywhere. At least in theory… The reality is that it’s not all ...
Tropical Beef Salad
Tropical Beef Salad
I love me some hangar steak, but it can be a bit tough. The marinade for this salad, with lemon grass, garlic, kaffir lime leaves and kiwi not only tenderizes t...
Banana Fritters with Vanilla Caramel Sauce
Banana Fritters with Vanilla Caramel Sauce
Simple and yet utterly irresistible, fried dough has to be one of the most inspired culinary innovations of all time. Whether it’s a light-as-air donut wr...
Sriracha Chicken
Sriracha Chicken
This easy hot, sweet and savory chicken is glazed in a caramelized coating of piquant sriracha and pungent ginger with a subtle sweetness from the addition of m...
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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…

Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef

I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to eat my way around the world in recent years, but that’s not how it’s always been. I grew up in a small agricultural community in Northern California and we rarely ate out. This was mainly due to the fact that my mom firmly believed in…

Goma Hiyashi Chūka (Sesame Ramen Salad)

Goma Hiyashi Chūka (Sesame Ramen Salad)

There was still snow on the ground a month ago here in Sapporo and yet this week the temperature soared into the 90’s. In Japan, where ingredients, colors, and even the temperature of a dish change with the seasons, the hot sticky months of summer bring with them a whole host of seasonal dishes. Chilled…

Coriander Chicken

Coriander Chicken

Coriander is one of those herbs that people either love or hate. With a double dose of coriander, if you’re a fan, this simple yet incredibly flavorful dish may become a new favorite. Even if you belong to the latter group, this dish may change your mind. Check out my full post and recipe on…

Chicken Cobbler

Chicken Cobbler

I’ve always found it a little annoying that marketing cretins “geniuses” at baking mix companies have co-opted the term “pot pie” to use on their back-of-package recipes for making a biscuit topped chicken dish. These are the same folk that invent words like “lite”, as if removing some consonants from the word “light” makes their…

Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

This is one of those quick meals that you can can repurpose leftover chicken for, turning it into an entirely new and utterly delicious lunch. Whether you serve it on a bed of lettuce as a salad, or between crusty slices of bread as a sandwich, this Curried Chicken Salad has a medley of flavors…

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Travel

Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market

Despite being up for almost thirty hours the day before, there’s nothing like jet-lag to get you up at 5am. Since it was still dark outside and there wasn’t much going on in Insadong, we decided to head over to Noryanjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장) to watch the fish auctions and grab a bite to eat.

Soy Cured Crab in Seoul

Soy Cured Crab in Seoul

Twenty seven hours after my day started in New York, I found myself at this old Korean house converted into a restaurant that specializes in soy sauce cured crab. The gobs of brilliant orange row are creamy and sweet, almost like uni (sea urchin), but with a more subtle flavor and delicate texture. The meat…

On My Way To Seoul

My trip to Asia started with a way-to-early-in-morning flight out of JFK, stopping over at SFO before heading across the Pacific to Incheon Airport in Korea. Check out the journey and a sneak peak at my first meal in Seoul!

The Ravenous Pig (Orlando Day 4)

The Ravenous Pig (Orlando Day 4)

Unlike New Orleans, Austin, or even New York, Florida doesn’t really have an indigenous cuisine. What it does have is an abundance of fresh produce, seafood and meat. Husband and wife couple Julie and James Petrakis, take the best of Florida and serves it up on a plate at their restaurant The Ravenous Pig. Having…

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