Nothing makes me happier than when I get an email, text message, or phone call from someone asking me for restaurant or food recommendations. Not that I know it all (though I have been around a block or two), it’s that the chance to pass along a great food experience to people I care about just makes me feel incredibly fulfilled.Read More
In Boston last week for a design conference (shout out to HOW Design Live!) I recharged my batteries with a ton of creatives, and also enjoyed a good amount of the culinary delights Bean Town has to offer.Read More
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
While that may very well be true, getting stronger sometimes really sucks. Big time.
Two weeks ago I'd come through about six months of getting stronger - at least I felt I was on the tail end of it. The shady darkness was retreating and I could see glimmering patches of sunlight. What had been most recently "killing me" was easing up a bit, loosening its choke hold somewhat. I felt cautiously optimistic.Read More
I somehow managed to get myself talked into cooking the entrée round of an impromptu progressive dinner this past weekend. I'd be frying sweet and spicy fried chicken for around 16-20 people.Read More
As I "pen" this post, I'm munching on a cold carne asada burrito that I keep jabbing into a small, plastic condiment container filled with a fluorescent red/orange fermented chili sauce I picked up over two weeks ago at Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco. (Do not panic - it rode home from CA to AZ in a cooler filled with ice, it's currently harboring quietly in the fridge, and it's fermented, so ...) I try to dab delicately, as I only have one more of these little containers left, but it's so incredibly tasty and willpower and I don't get along well when I've got tasty chili sauce in front of me.Read More
Yesterday I hit up David Chang's Momofuku DC outpost - a place I've been longing to visit for as long as I've owned the Momofuku cookbook (long time). Yes, I had the pork belly buns. Yes I had the ginger-scallion noodles. Yes, I had the holy grail ... Momofuku Ramen.
That's a lot of food but luckily, I had reinforcements - I'm in DC visiting my good friends Pete and Hanna Robbins, and we met up with Pete's brother's family as well as his parents. I always look forward to meeting new people (and they were all delightful), but honestly I was truly hoping to capitalize on making them my food models.Read More
While I'm on this journey to reduce, quite physically, my carbon footprint, there is a lot of inner angst I'm beginning to work through that I hadn't really prepared myself for.
Am I losing weight "fast" enough? Will I be able to keep it off? Am I getting enough exercise? And the question weighing most heavily on my mind - is this physical change going to give me the confidence I've been waiting for my entire life?Read More
I missed the grand opening of The Drake in Oklahoma City by one day. I was passing through on my way to Tulsa for the 2013 BASSMASTER Classic (my day job is making fish bait) and subsequently scanned the internets for notable places in OKC on my way to and from the event. Headed to Alabama this past weekend to cover yet another fishing tournament, I planned to rectify that situation and popped into the cheery Drake for fresh oysters and Midwestern nibbles.Read More