Papaya Thief Considers Operation Zombie Revival

Hello. Is anybody out there? This site is going to come back from the dead. It also happens to be Easter. I would like know what you'd like to hear about from the Papaya Thief. Coming soon will be: breakfast pizza, sourdough breads, fat camp adventure, and my favorite salad that only costs $4. But really, send …

A Letter from Papaya Thief

After nine years in Puerto Rico, hundreds of recipes developed, thousands of plates served, millions of gallons of booze sold, I've decided to move on. As sad as I am to leave my friends and business behind, I'm excited for the future. In 2006, I flew into San Juan Christmas morning, and Shawn the Pilot was the first person …

Lost in Portugal, Part 1

The first meal in Portugal is whatever’s closest to the hostel. Flying into Porto from Madrid was no problem, but figuring out the metro system, finding the hostel, dehydration, sleep-deprivation––all help create a healthy appetite. The streets in Porto smell like grilled meats. At a local churrasqueira, you can watch a couple of guys sweat …

Notes from Madrid

One of the first things I ate in Madrid were the albondigas from a little tapas bar down the street from our hostel.  At first I thought it may have been some sort chicken mixed with pork. It tasted a bit like chicken parts too, hearts or liver, a distinct iron organ flavor. The sauce …

Papaya Thief Hops Across the Pond

I'll be traveling for the next four weeks through Spain, Portugal, and a slice of France, devouring as much delicious food, history, and wine as I can. From some old lady's cottage in Setúbal, to a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Sebastían, or La Boqueria in Barcelona, I will be writing, photographing, and posting about my …