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 …

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 …