Avocado Lox Summer Rolls
Avocado Lox Summer Rolls
One of my favorite ways to come up with new dishes is to take flavors from one cuisine and use them in a dish from another. These summer rolls wrapped in rice p...
Gemelli with Gorgonzola Grapes and Pancetta
Gemelli with Gorgonzola Grapes and Pancetta
I’ve probably said this before, but for me, contrasts are what make life exciting. Whether it’s diving into an ice bath after coming out of a sauna,...
Kimchi Pork Belly Tacos
Kimchi Pork Belly Tacos
We all know that kimchi and pork belly are a match made in heaven, but pork belly is one of those cuts of meat that usually benefits from a nice long braise. By...
Tsukune
Tsukune
In most parts of the world, chicken consists of either dark meat or light, but in Japan each bird is dissected into dozens of unique cuts, each with a unique te...
Mojo Verde Chicken
Mojo Verde Chicken
This simple grilled chicken comes together in a matter of minutes and the secret to its fantastic flavor is the marinade/sauce. The spicy Mojo Verde is redolent...
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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…

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 →

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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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