Zha Jiang Mian (Fried Sauce Noodles) with Stir-Fried Qing Jaing Cai

For my birthday this week, my brother Trey made fried sauce noodles (zha jiang mian) – a delicious dish of pork, mushrooms, ginger, and garlic cooked in a fermented soybean sauce popular in Northern and Middle China. Continue reading Zha Jiang Mian (Fried Sauce Noodles) with Stir-Fried Qing Jaing Cai


Deep-Fried Buddhist Goodness in the South

For a deeper and more disciplined experience, use a pestle and mortar with fresh ingredients when you have the time. For a faster and easier experience, use the garlic and onion powder – particularly on a weeknight – when you need a quick and tasty dinner treat. Continue reading Deep-Fried Buddhist Goodness in the South

A Taste of Seattle

Seattle offers a robust food scene with access to the sea, produce and livestock from local farms and wines from the Columbia River valley. During our time in the area, we enjoyed sampling the abundance of Washington state. Here’s a round-up of our best eating experiences from August 12-21, 2016. Breakfast and Brunch On our first morning in Seattle, Christy T. suggested we try the chorizo … Continue reading A Taste of Seattle

Susan Spicer’s Bayona

When you hear about destination restaurants, most are headed by men. Bayona, opened by Susan Spicer with business partner Regina Keever more than 25 years ago, is a refreshing exception in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Chef Spicer’s classic New Orleans creations at Bayona and other ventures led to multiple appearances on local and national media and to recognition and awards from the James … Continue reading Susan Spicer’s Bayona