Stephanie Izard’s Steamed Mussel and Fennel Escabeche

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard I am SO guilty of slacking on my recipe posting duties. Forgive me. I’ve come up with several really good excuses: 1) I’m still editing my cookbook. Working on my intro chapter (why is it that the intro chapter is the last chapter I wrote? Shouldn’t it be a “this !(*%&!_#@ cookbook is killin’ me!” …

What happens in the Bahamas stays in the Bahamas…unless…

…unless you are a blogger! Left to right: Sarah Foster; Deb of Smitten Kitchen; Diane of White on Rice Couple; Elise of Simply Recipes; David Lebovitz; Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard; Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites and moi! I’m doing a bit of writing for Club Med and wanted to host some of my close blogger friends for their Food …

My blogroll will be 40 pounds heavier this time next week

There’s a reason why this photo is cut off, boob down. This was a photo from 6 months ago at Club Med Ixtapa where I took my brother Jay and my friend Diane of White On Rice Couple, and we were pampered to the tilt with unlimited drinks, gourmet breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners and more snacks and even more …

Red Lantern Grilled Sirloin with Chile, Garlic, and Ginger

Photo of Red Lantern’s Grilled Sirloin with Chile, Garlic and Ginger courtesy of Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook I love my friends! I needed a few more shots for the cookbook, and asked my good friends Matt and Dannika of MattikaArts if he’d like to take a shot {pun intended..haha i soooo funny! snort.} at photographing some Asian ingredients …

Grilled Shrimp with Lemongrass and Ginger

I can never resist buying jumbo shrimp when they are on sale. I’m talking GIGANTOR shrimp, that really could be mistaken for small lobster tail. The best thing to do with this monsters is to grill them whole, shell-on with a lemongrass and ginger marinade. So, how do you prepare Lemongrass-Ginger Grilled Shrimp this big? I’ll show you how to …

Raw Bar with Asian Mignonette (Oysters and Clams)

If I were stuck on a tropical island, I’d make sure I brought an oyster and clam opener knife thingy. All those oysters…ALLLLL MINE…wait. Do oysters and clams even grow in the tropics? If they don’t, well…they SHOULD. What’s the point of being stranded on an island if there are no oysters to be eaten? Normally, I only eat raw …

Kobe Beef Steak Burgers on CBS

Yesterday I got to do a live segment on CBS on location at a restaurant right in the heart of hoppin’ Superbowl frenzy. It was my first time doing a live segment outside of the television studio, and honey, I gotta say that it’s SO MUCH FUN! My segment’s theme was “Affordable Luxuries” and I wanted to feature Kobe Style …

Chinese New Year Recipes – Party Like It’s 4707!

Don’t put away your party shoes just yet! I know you think that the new year celebrations are over, but for many Asians all over the world, the biggest holiday is yet to come! January 26th is the beginning of Chinese New Year, a 15-day long celebration and the start of year 4707 according to the Chinese calendar. Each year …

Lychees, Longan, Rambutan!

A beautiful Asian tropical salad with a pineapple “bowl” – canned longan, lychee, rambutan paired with some fresh tropical fruits. Some of my favorite fruit come in cans. I’m not talking about tasteless, mushy pears or the stained red maraschino cherries, but the Asian stuff like lychee, longan and rambutan. These are fruits that I can rarely find fresh in …

100 Flower Blossoms- a beautiful beginning for Chinese New Year

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I asked my Mom for a couple of Chinese New Year recipes to give to you, and here is one she came up with, called 100 Flower Blossoms. This dish is meant to wish you a blossoming and beautiful beginning in the new year. Mom chose broccoli and cauliflower for their plentiful florets, and the carrot slices to add an …