Archive for 2013

What’s for (Thanksgiving) Dinner?

What’s for (Thanksgiving) Dinner?

Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday–both as a reminder of how much there is to be thankful for each and every day–as well as for the feast itself. I’m thankful for my family–the ones who chose to take me with them so many years ago from South Korea and raise me as their own.  I’m ...

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Chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox in Durham cooks up Succotash

I was recently in North Carolina visiting old friends and meeting new ones. As always, I love discovering new bites along the way. Sara Foster took me to downtown Durham to Saltbox, a walk-up window where Chef Ricky Moore cooks up fresh fish in all its glory until it runs out, which is often early ...

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North Carolina: tastes of late summer

North Carolina: tastes of late summer

  With the onset of cooler days in the Northwest, I find myself longing for barefoot afternoons and ways in which to keep the darkness at bay, including heading South to the Chapel Hill-Durham area to eat and cook with friends, including Sara Foster and Frances Mayes, who spends time at her home in the area ...

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GIVEAWAY: Whole Grains by Bob’s Red Mill

GIVEAWAY: Whole Grains by Bob’s Red Mill

Every time I return from spending time with Bob Moore and the amazing people who make Bob’s Red Mill a truly unique company, I am always inspired to include more whole grains into my daily diet–as the energetic and hands-on (soon to be) 85 year-old founder of Bob’s Red Mill has done for decades–and to ...

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Memories of My Gesha: Tasting Panama’s Coffee Country + Sleep and Eat in Boquete

Memories of My Gesha: Tasting Panama’s Coffee Country + Sleep and Eat in Boquete

Guest Article By: Mario Stojanac     Regardless of its veracity, the story of the discovery of coffee is charming enough to lend itself a little believability. As the story goes, an Ethiopian goatherder named Kaldi noticed his goats were very energetic once they fed on a unique looking red bean. He tasted the beans, marveled at the flavour ...

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Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is a Fiesta Worth Devouring

Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is a Fiesta Worth Devouring

Guest article by: Mary Luz Mejia While the wet snow pelted winter weary Canadians mid-March, Cancun and the Mayan Riviera got caliente for their second annual Wine and Food Festival. With over 25 events spanning four days on the shores of turquoise blue Caribbean waters, the stellar line up of star chefs from around the globe ...

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Passover: From Russia, with Love

Passover: From Russia, with Love

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article with photos by Blair Chavis*. Food is integral to nearly every Jewish holiday, but when Passover arrives, food plays a leading role. The eight-day holiday, which begins tonight, kicks off with two epic dinners called Seders the first two nights.  Families sit around a large table and read aloud ...

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Book Giveaway: WHERE THE PEACOCKS SING by Alison Singh Gee

Book Giveaway: WHERE THE PEACOCKS SING by Alison Singh Gee

Enter to win the new memoir by Alison Singh Gee.  Isn’t the cover gorgeous? Amy Tan, author of THE JOY LUCK CLUB, writes: “Alison Singh Gee is a raconteur with deadpan humor and a shining purpose.  We gladly enter her ever-changing adventure in India–a glorious life of former expectations freed by the unexpected.”   Ever wonder what it ...

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WHERE THE PEACOCKS SING by Alison Singh Gee

WHERE THE PEACOCKS SING by Alison Singh Gee

  Here’s a peek into Alison Singh Gee’s new book, and check out Hoti Lal’s top-secret recipe for the best chai on the planet. Namaste and enjoy!  And don’t forget to enter to win a copy.     Fear of Flying I never knew peacocks could fly. I never knew they could do much of anything. As a child growing up ...

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Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons

  Guest Post by Jennifer McGovern, R.D.   I love preserving food: jams, jellies, pickles, you name it. When I read about preserved lemons last year, I jumped at the chance to make some.  It was so easy–just lemons and salt. It made me happy to cram the bright yellow fruit into a jar, accommodating them in my ...

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Mardi Gras, Tutus, and King Cake

Mardi Gras, Tutus, and King Cake

Mardi Gras, Tutus, and Homemade King Cake Guest Post by Christa Montgomery.     When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an artist and live in Paris.  Funny, looking back, I wasn’t too far off the mark; for me, living in New Orleans and baking delicious French pastry comes pretty close. I have this vivid memory ...

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Hawaiian Chef Tylun Pang and the Taste of Home

Hawaiian Chef Tylun Pang and the Taste of Home

“If you don’t have a home, you at least have your culture and your food and no one can take that away from you.” –Chef Tylun Pang     It took Hawaiian-born Chef Tylun Pang a journey around the world to understand that where he belonged was right where he started.  At the age of 15, Pang learned to ...

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Favorite Restaurants in Seattle

Favorite Restaurants in Seattle

Here are some of my 2013-2014 Favorite Bites in Seattle: Altura Spinasse The hand-cut tajarin! Joule Revel Sitka and Spruce Cha:n Happy Hour Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium (excellent cocktails and delicious bites, including chorizo-braised octopus and foie gras panna cotta)) Marché at the Inn at the Market for their fried chicken gizzards, oysters on the half shell, and addictive frites with shavings of ...

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Eating and Sleeping on the Island of Maui, Hawaii: Part I

Eating and Sleeping on the Island of Maui, Hawaii: Part I

Many of you have asked about hotels and dining on the island of Maui.  As for hotels, there are, of course, the usual suspects, including the luxurious Four Seasons in Wailea, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, and The Fairmont Kea Lani (more on the Fairmont soon, including an interview and amazing dinner by Chef Tylun Pang ...

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Aloha Hawaii

Aloha Hawaii

I only started visiting Hawaii a few years ago, when I met Neil, the man who convinced me to stay with him, promising I wouldn’t have to cure my wanderlust and that if I weathered the winters in the North that he would take me to the sunny side of the world. He’s kept his promise.  ...

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A New Year: Three Simple and Attainable Goals

A New Year: Three Simple and Attainable Goals

Resolutions by Jennifer McGovern, R.D.   I usually don’t like to make New Years Resolutions.  I always start with the best intentions, but after months or even weeks, they are forgotten, discarded as unattainable and unimportant as the reality of daily life wages on.  It’s a circle of failure that starts every New Year.  Thankfully, I usually keep the ...

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