Vietnamese Pork Pintxo with Shrimp Fried Rice

I love and miss Vietnamese food more than anything else on this island, except for maybe Alaskan salmon or dungeness crab. The barbeque pork that you get in bun cha sometimes, or bahn mi, is sweet and aromatic. Put it on spicy fried rice with fresh herbs, serve it with cold glass noodles and nuoc cham with mint …

summertime

It was a busy winter. We fed quite a few people. I lost my voice a couple of times. We went through a handful of cooks and dishwashers, ultimately finding a great crew, but of course they left for their summer jobs up north. We cut through hundreds of pounds of fish, pork belly, skirt …

Notes from a Drive North

Mom and Dad prepared a good spread for us at 6am the day we left Phoenix. Waffles with strawberries, maple syrup, fried eggs and sausage patties, strong coffee. The first leg of our trip was going to be the longest so we bulked up. The next meal wouldn't be until outside of Pasadena. In N' …

Another Day, Another Pepper

I've been in Arizona and New Mexico the last seven days, deliberately without a schedule, plan, sense of direction. It's the kind of feeling one needs after constant planning, yelling at people, being the know-it-all boss intent on finding perfection, or at least continuity, consistency. So far, in a mere seven days, in desert, in …