papaya thief in portland: updates from the west

Hi, it's been a while. Here's what's going on: When I get to work there's a list waiting for me. I fold my towels, set up my cutting board, start collecting all my tools for the day. I weigh out my mise en place. Flatbread, olive oil cake, vanilla, almond, and/or hazelnut ice cream. Chocolate …

cooking an octopus

I try to be a humble cook. I don't take compliments well. I don't like to brag. But when it comes to octopus, I have to. This might be the best octopus dish I've ever eaten. The tentacles are cooked in a salty vegetable or chicken stock for an hour until they're soft. We roll …

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