•July 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

A handful of goodness

Back in Key West recently was a festival of friends and flavah. Always. On the food front I had to get my fill every day from the best Mexican food- all-around-cool-joynt on that island. I ran-not-walked every day to Bad Boy Burritos and got my happiness daily. There’s nothing like the aroma and taste of homemade corn tortillas. BadBoys………fresh and full of flavor every day in every way.


Searching the Fridge

•October 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Only words tonight. No pics. I am alone in the castle above the sea. On crutches and hungry. Alone. On my healing perch on the top floor. Two flights of stairs to the kitchen level but I brave it. Hunger has a way of carrying you safely. I am happy to find the arugula we never got around to when my friends were visiting. And some eggs, tomatoes, long beans, garlic. A hot pan, olive oil, smashed garlic. Browned that up and tossed it with the arugula and tomato, some balsamic, olive oil and salt. Cooked the long beans and more tomato in the oil, added eggs, made some toast. Thank you. Just a few simple ingredients having a nice time with each other. A glass of red. It was a simple meal made in heaven and floated me back to the clouds, amidst the palms, under the stars.

making krupuk

•September 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

bali food

•September 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Other than the palm sugar and peanuts, everything in this salad I made today came straight from the garden: wing beans, long beans, coconut, mint, lime, and lettuce varieties. The other wrapped goodies are from my favorite warung…….love the way they wrap up food for take away. And I am lucky enough to have a house keeper who loves to bring me bandal which are those cute little golden wrapped parcels of sticky rice, coconut, sugar and peanuts.

Thai Food & A Non-Thai Food Fix in Thailand….

•October 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Eating in Thailand is delicious and delightful. Thai flavors and ingredients are lively and colorful and a great spring-board for any culinary adventuress. Salty, spicy, sweet, sour, bitter are the elements of Thai cuisine. When applied to other cuisines, the palette of flavors has the potential to turn on the taste buds in a whole new way. A simple squeeze of fresh lime on smoked salmon or fragrant chilies pulverized with cilantro added to ceviche, can turn the yum factor up a notch or two.

I am loving my ongoing Thai eating festival but alas, one cannot live on Thai food alone, at least not in my book. Nor can one live solely on Italian, French, Mexican, etc.. When you love food and eating, part of the joy and pleasure is the variety of ingredients, methods of preparation, even the history of different cuisines. Food is easily one of the threads that unites us in the tapestry of life and social geography.

Recent cravings for something other than Thai food led me to the grocery store and outdoor market to see what might appeal to my taste buds. I found some multi-grain baguette that looked like they had some good crunch to the crust and would play nicely with smoked salmon and a schmear of cream cheese. I guess it’s the New Yorker in me that would murder a good bagel, cream cheese and lox from time to time. Add a few capers and a little lime juice, have your friends bring over the fixin’s for some bloody mary’s and you have yourself a nice Sunday brunch to enjoy together! Until I find a bagel, I can settle for a good hunk of crusty bread in its place.

The next stop was the local outdoor market where I felt the pull to my favorite prawn gal. She was featuring some good-looking squid and white snapper as well on that day and it became immediately clear to me that I had to bring these sea creatures together as ceviche. I blanched the squid briefly and tossed it with the snapper and prawns, Thai celery and coriander, lots of lime juice, and sealed the deal with some nice fresh chilies. Happy days when I found a bag of plain tortilla chips, devoid of any artificial flavorings of ranch or cheese. Blasphemy what they do to tortilla chips.

Next stop 7-11 for some cold Chang beer and then home to un-Thai my hunger!

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

•October 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

floating bamboo houses. chieow laan, khao sok national park

Phuket, Thailand: neighborhood noodle cart.

•September 21, 2009 • 1 Comment


Just down the street from where I was staying in Phuket was one of gazillion 7-11’s which are everywhere over here. What made this one special was the excellent noodle soup cart parked right in front of it. During the day it was an unassuming metal cart on wheels, covered up with blue tarp fastened with rope. But at night it turned into a perfect little roadside restaurant. Set out in front of the shop were tables and chairs. Jars of condiments, plates of Thai basil and bean sprouts, bowls of chilies, a small tin box with spoons and forks, and a pitcher of water were on the three tables. The cart uncovered revealed shelves of ingredients: barbecue pork, boiled chicken, assorted weird animal parts, dried garlic, boiled daikon and leafy greens. Fitted into the cart was a giant cauldron of simmering broth, creating not only a captivating aroma but a wizard-like atmosphere of steam, behind which a tiny woman stirred, chopped, sliced, and served up gorgeous bowls of soup like a tiny magician. With her beautiful smile she would deliver my soup, bring me a cup of ice for my water, and laugh with pleasure when I told her in my best Thai: aroy mahk. Delicious!!!!