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Dumplings on a Seder Plate: The Closing of Green Village Restaurant

“You’ll tell them, right?” Wendy asked toward the end of the evening. She motioned toward the outside world, as if to remind us that there were still other people out there. We were the only guests in the tiny Chinese restaurant tonight. She looked … [Read More...]

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Not too long after I got back from my trip to Philadelphia, I heard a story on NPR about Philly residents wearing sweatpants more than people in any other city. It explored a variety of reasons: climate, influence of … [Read More...]

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Halloween Food: Piggy Coffins!

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I've repeatedly explained to people that some of the best eating in Seattle is in White Center. Which technically, isn't Seattle, so perhaps that's why people are so scared to venture down there? Formerly a piece of … [Read More...]

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Simple Summer Suppers: Broccoli and Bagna Cauda

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Mexico City: A dive into street food

Part 2 of my food blogger's guide to Mexico: Street food and Casual restaurants in Mexico City Did you miss part 1 of my food blogger’s guide to Mexico: Eating well in Mexico City (aka D. F.)? Street food is nearly … [Read More...]

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10 Tricks to Make the Lazy Cook’s Food Taste Better

I never clean up as I go. Rumor has it, that's what the cool kids do. That's what the organized, methodical, by the book cooks do. The people who clean as they go probably also set up their mise en place and follow … [Read More...]

Lamb Skewers Cooked Xinjiang Style

Xinjiang-Style Lamb Skewers

This post is for a contest being put on by the folks at the American Lamb Board. The prize is cool (cooking with a chef at an event) and I'd like to win, so please vote for me! Also, that means the lamb used here was … [Read More...]

What's in your Olive Oil? Olive Oil Tasting with the Gastrognome

What’s in your Olive Oil?

Recently the California Olive Ranch invited a few bloggers, myself included, to join them for an evening of tasting olive oils, eating delicious food, and learning about 'the future of the olive oil industry.' I am under … [Read More...]

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Spicy Mango Bubble Tea (with Boba Pearls from Scratch)

Did you know that the internet doesn't know everything? Hard as I looked, I was unable to find a reasonable recipe for how to make bubble tea bubbles. Just a few people seem to have tried it, and most of them didn't seem … [Read More...]

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My Love Affair with Mexico City

Part 1 of my food blogger's guide to Mexico: Eating well in Mexico City (aka D. F.) Mexico City just might be the ultimate food vacation destination. Oh, I’m enamored with Beijing myself, I enjoyed a little Hanoi, no … [Read More...]