Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding
Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding
While the word “pudding” tends to refer to a class of egg and starch thickened desserts in the US, in other English speaking regions of the world it...
Ful Medames
Ful Medames
Perhaps its my Asian DNA, but I’ve always been more of a savory breakfast person than sweet. Whether it’s a bowl of Pho, or an Eggs Benedict I’...
Curried Lamb Karaage
Curried Lamb Karaage
I recently saw a list of food related words that people hate. The list contained a pretty comprehensive list of adjectives used to describe food, and towards th...
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate Chia Pudding
If you came here expecting a post about a vegan chocolate chia pudding, I’m sorry to disappoint, but that’s not what today’s post is about. Th...
Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl)
Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl)
I’m often asked to make elaborate meals for my clients and as a chef, I enjoy the challenge. Whether it’s an intricately plated stack of food dotted...
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Shiso Gyoza

Shiso Gyoza

There’s a special place in my heart for dumplings. Whether they’re fried, boiled or steamed, there’s a marvelous synergy that happens when you take a savory filling and stuff it into what is essentially an oversized noodle. In Japan, nothing typifies dumplings more than Gyōza (餃子). Whether you’re walking down a restaurant lined alley, or…

Honey Lemon Chicken

Honey Lemon Chicken

It may not look like much, but this easy chicken dish was one of my favorite dishes growing up. It’s just pan-fried chicken with a honey sweetened lemon and tomato sauce, but for your pittance of effort, you’ll be rewarded with a plate full of tender morsels of chicken glazed in a delightfully comforting, sweet,…

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

Since posting my recipe for the Best Chicken Parmesan, I’ve been getting tons of requests for my version of an oven-fried Eggplant Parmesan. It might sound like a simple substitution, but eggplants are quite different from chicken and so it’s not as simple as swapping out the chicken for eggplant. To understand how we need…

Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken

I always find it a bit amusing how Chinese-American restaurants pad their epic menus by listing every permutation of every ingredient and sauce in their repertoire and then adding or subtracting one ingredient to make it a separate dish. Take sesame chicken (or beef/pork/shrimp/fish) for example. It’s essentially General Tso’s chicken, with sesame seeds instead…

Japanese Ratatouille

Japanese Ratatouille

So it’s admittedly not the most traditional ratatouille, and some might even scoff at the naming of this dish. Whatever you call it, it’s a deeply flavorful dish that takes the best vegetables that summer has to offer and turns them into a delightful dish that strikes a sublime balance of tastes and textures. Head…

Dashimaki Tamago

Dashimaki Tamago

In Japan, it’s often said that you can judge the quality of a restaurant by the quality of their dashimaki tamago (だし巻き卵). It’s a rolled omelette that makes for a great benchmark because it’s not only ubiquitous, it takes an enormous amount of skill and experience to produce a good roll. While there are many…

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Pho 88 Restaurant (Orlando Day 2)

Pho 88 Restaurant (Orlando Day 2)

About thirty minutes after rolling myself back into my room, following an amazing steak brunch at Bull & Bear, I was off again to catch my next meal. This time, a “light” bowl of pho. If it were anything else, I may have declined and done a few laps around the lazy river instead, but…

Bull & Bear Restaurant (Orlando Day 2)

Bull & Bear Restaurant (Orlando Day 2)

After a decadent dinner at La Luce by Donna Scala, I figured that Bonnet Creek had offered us the best they had to offer. I was wrong. The Hilton Orlando at Bonnet Creek is a massive new complex, complete with it’s own convention center, lazy river, and adjoining golf course. The property is also home…

La Luce by Donna Scala (Orlando Day 1)

La Luce by Donna Scala (Orlando Day 1)

There was a time not long ago, when vacation hotspots like Vegas and Orlando were frequented for the entertainment, and not much else. Food was an expensive necessity to power you through a long day of line-standing, or gambling, and most people didn’t put too much thought into planning their meals. The culinary landscape has…

Orlando Restaurants Round 2

Orlando Restaurants Round 2

Back in April, I was invited down to witness the 2010 Pillsbury Bake-off. The Orlando CVB helped organize extra-curricular events for media, which included a tasting of foods from restaurants in the various Disney parks. It gave us a peak at the burgeoning food scene in Orlando, but truth be told, most of our time…

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