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 …

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 …

So Many Dishes, So Little Time

Sometimes I think my menu isn't big enough. There are hundreds, thousands of recipes I'd like to try but I've inadvertently developed a menu that people like. There are a handful of plates people would be sad to see go, though you shouldn't get too comfortable. It started years ago with the steak and mahi …

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 …

Masters of a Cuisine by Calling, not Roots – NYTimes.com

Masters of a Cuisine by Calling, not Roots - NYTimes.com. I posted this because one day, in the not-so-distant future, I want to travel through Vietnam and all over southeast Asia gathering recipes and stories. Papaya Thief Goes Global?

Transitions

I've been in between a few things, hence the infrequent posts. Lately, food-wise, I've only been eating soft-boiled eggs with avocado toast. Or for dinner the other night, I used Mark's laser clams (razor) for some delicious pasta with bacon and herbs and butter, lemon zest and garlic. I'll try to post more. But short …