Category Archives: Eating

Gourmet vs. Gourmand Litmus Test

Are you a gourmet who eats slowly and deliberately to enjoy the nuances of the food? Or a gourmand who gets so much pleasure from the process you like to shovel food into your mouth with both hands? Here’s a … Continue reading

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Tongue Casserole (or, what hath mom wrought?)

The folks at Vintage Recipe Cards tickled a number of readers’ fancies with my shared post on Fish Sticks with Pineapple, so here’s another idea-starter for tonight’s dinner or maybe that canasta get-together. I am impressed at how, at the … Continue reading

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Red Boat Salt: just get some now

I have previously written about the nectar which is Red Boat Fish sauce and why, considering the modest premium compared to generic nuoc mam, there is no reason not to make it your default fish sauce. Now Sam Luu, the operations … Continue reading

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Recipe: Couscous with orange juice and fruit

Annie Sommerville has a wonderful recipe in Fields of Greens for couscous salad with pine nuts. Here is a variation that uses ingredients I have on hand at the place I stay in San Francisco. it’s a great accompaniment, served … Continue reading

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Is this the best Banh Mi?

After the event with Andrea Nguyen the other night, I sat down to read her book. She rightly describes banh mi as a synergy of bread, protein, vegetables and condiments which must be in the proper proportions. Synergy? When properly … Continue reading

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Banh Mi secrets from Andrea Nguyen

While in San Francisco I attended a launch party for The Banh Mi Handbook, the new book from Andrea Nguyen of Viet World Kitchen. This gave me the opportunity to ask her a couple of questions about bahn mi preparations … Continue reading

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Taste Test: Imperial White Chorizo

There was a LOT of Spanish-style chorizo at the Summer Fancy Food Show, but I especially wanted to taste the Imperial brand from Gloversville, NY. They’re introducing a “white” chorizo which was what Spaniards ate before the introduction of paprika … Continue reading

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More tidbits from the Summer 2014 Fancy Food Show

I had a nice taste test ready but need some ingredient confirmation from the producer… so we’ll mark time with a few “casuals” that didn’t make it into my previous post. This guy wants to sell artisanal home ramen kits. … Continue reading

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Live from the floor at the Summer 2015 Fancy Food Show

I go to the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco every year, but it’s been awhile since I made it to to the New York version. It’s a bit bigger and seems more chaotic, but maybe that’s because I’m … Continue reading

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Thrill on the Grill

The other day I cooked up a nice grilled dinner that was inspired by my recent Two Guys and a Grill class at Market Bistro. I was further stimulated by the chemistry of warm early summer weather and being able … Continue reading

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