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Video: Aaron Smith’s Spicy Approach To Fundraising

We recently pledged support GoVoluntouring founder Aaron Smith and his campaign to help save sea turtles in Costa Rica in the form of a rather unique challenge. Hot Sauce. That’s right… Hot Sauce.

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Posted by: on Friday, December 26th, 2014
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Chinese Soul Food

I finally got around to making renditions of some favorite dishes of mine from the Yunnan and Hunan cuisine, as well as a Hakka dish that I learned from my father. I had invited a few friends who share my love for spicy…

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Posted by: on Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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Midsommarafton Orphans Grill – Expats Banding Together

Midsommar is one of the most important holidays in Sweden, second only to Christmas. Unlike the 2pm sunsets and sub zero temperatures in December, however, the Midsommar celebration is met with warm weather, lush…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
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Everybody Wants To Be A Famous Chef

I was recently invited to meet a couple of students from the International Culinary School at Art Institute of Vancouver who are competing in San Pellegrino’s Almost Famous Chef Competition being held in Toronto on…

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Posted by: on Saturday, January 29th, 2011
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Oaxacan Mole Regrets

Why oh why, when faced with rows upon rows of fresh mole paste—as gorgeously colorful as they are complexly composed—in a Oaxacan market, did I not just buy a kilo (or five) of the stuff? This is the thought that…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
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InDish Delivers

Ever have one of those days where you want a delicious meal, but you don’t feel like going out, and you don’t have anything good in the fridge? Instead of trying to be overly creative to turn a can of tuna and…

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Posted by: on Monday, June 7th, 2010
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Butchers of Gastown Take on a Lamb

Photo credit: Todd Smith It all started with a pig called Wanda. Then some members of the Foodists collective went on a road trip to Clinton, BC to pick out some lambs from Cutter Ranch. Now one of their fine animals has…

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Posted by: on Friday, May 28th, 2010
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Bringing New Orleans Home: Crawfish Etouffee

New Orleans is a special place for more reasons to count, but its gastronomy certainly ranks pretty high up there (followed closely, perhaps, by its open-container outside drinking laws). It is, after all, where the…

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Posted by: on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
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New Classes at South China Seas

The other day I was talking about regionalism in food and what determines what dishes get to represent a culture abroad. “Take Thai food,” I said, “Northern Thai cuisine is really quite different from…

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Posted by: on Thursday, November 12th, 2009
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Julie & Julia

If you love to cook, you must go see Julie & Julia.  The film opened August 7th, and has been causing quite a stir among culinary adventurers. Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Julia Child is charming, witty, and…

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Posted by: on Monday, August 10th, 2009
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Purloined Menu for Fall, 2008

Author’s Note Purloined is a fictional restaurant based on my home cooking and whimsy. If I did have a restaurant, this would be the menu. Though I couldn’t stand cooking the same dishes night after night. All…

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Posted by: on Monday, December 8th, 2008
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