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Super Bowl: the Game of Food

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Table spread

­­ The new year has begun and winter has settled in for a stay. Football, America’s other national pass time, is finishing up another season and soon the championship game will decide the gridiron victors for the year. Though the Super Bowl is not an official holiday it may as well be. On that fateful […]

Stream of Consciousness

Ramen 2 Do Part 2

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Standard bowl of Japanese ramen.

Previously I had waxed poetic about Hong Kong ramen houses, so today let’s talk about the ramen from Japanese ramen houses. This style of ramen has found a surge of popularity here in the States these past few years. Once again I must start out by stating that the best ramen comes from restaurants that […]

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The End of the Year as We Know It

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Juicy brisket

I have survived another X-mas. It’s usually my favorite holiday; I love the lights and decorations, I love the music, and of course, I love the food. This year it has been a drab and not so merry Christmas for various reasons. The National Christmas Tree was small and not very bigly. There were no […]

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Foodies

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Avocado toast

  For the past 5+ years I have been assailed from all sides by this term “foodie”. I dislike the word and stare slightly cockeyed at anyone who willingly uses that moniker to describe themselves. Supposedly, if you are a “foodie” you are willing to try and experiment with different foods and are open to new and […]

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Phở is Not Your Foe!!!

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Enjoy a hot bowl of Pho anytime

Phởis not your foe!!! I am serious here folks. Though it makes me happy that everyone loves this yummy noodle soup from Vietnam, the actual name is being mangled!! Pronounce it like “Ph-uh?” Practice this ten times and see your server smile the next time you order correctly. I am not afraid to admit that I am a Phở […]

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Fall is the Best Season of Them All

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apples in fall

  Fall might be here finally. A “cold snap” has arrived. Autumn is my favorite season. The changing leaves, the brisk wind, and the pale cerulean skies make me happy. It is time for me to start using the oven and slow cooker more.  Squashes and root veggies are in season. When it’s chilly like this, […]

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In the Palm of My Hand

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Braised pork

  I’m an intuitive cook. Most immigrant cooks and great chefs are intuitive cooks. Growing up watching my Mang cook, I never once saw her use a measuring cup or measuring spoons. A cup of water was one rice bowl full of water. She used dinnerware for tablespoons and teaspoons. The most important measuring utensil in […]

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Born to Eat

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Food spread

I was born to love food. Both of my parents are food enthusiasts. My father is a food adventurer, and he pulled me along for the ride. He opened my palate to every type of food by never allowing me to say no to trying new foods. Coming to America was the best thing that […]