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Five-Spice Powder Recipes

Five-Spice Shortbread Adapted from this recipe for Spicy Cocktail Shortbreads. Ingredients: 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 1/5 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar or another large-grained sugar of your choice 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 … Continue reading

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Visiting Koi Goo

In one of my favorite family photos, my brother and I are wearing matching red shirts and are flanking our Yeye (paternal grandpa). We are all grinning behind heaping mounds of freshly stir-fried rice vermicelli with ham, egg, bean sprouts … Continue reading

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Home in the Fragrant Port

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for giving me not one place to call home, but two. Through frequent family trips to Hong Kong, I developed an insatiable desire to move there, a decision most likely made through my stomach. Who could … Continue reading

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Nepal Tips & Photo Vignettes

Nepal is a country that we wished we had researched a lot more before we went – we were unprepared for many things. We had romantic, perhaps antiquated notions of Nepal when we planned our trip. While it was not … Continue reading

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Indian Vignettes

Try the wine! – That is, if you know it’s been decently well kept. I asked for a bottle of red and upon tasting, I realized it had been cooked just by being left out. I asked if it was … Continue reading

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Mumbai Wallah

We’re going a tad out of order here – Chris’ magna opus on South Indian cuisine is forthcoming but until then, here is an entry regarding our last day in India. More on our Grand Asian Voyage to come! On … Continue reading

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Ghentacular

This was my second visit to Ghent, a town I thought would be nice to retire in a decade ago when I was last here. Perhaps I had a different view of what retirement entailed as a younger one as … Continue reading

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French Vignettes

All right, so we’re officially a continent behind now. But we’re staying put in San Francisco for the next week and a half, which will hopefully give us time to catch up on O&A. Thanks for your patience! Don’t hunt … Continue reading

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The lamb, the leek, the pumpkin, the beer

We had the opportunity to cook in Brussels as Loic and Katharina generously let us run free in their beautiful kitchen. We decided to make our version of a Belgian dish, Carbonade, which was actually created on the fly and … Continue reading

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