Tag: food

  • Haggis is not what you think

    Haggis is not what you think

    Haggis does not sound appealing. All I could recall before ordering it for the first time in Scotland was that it contained sheep’s lung and stomach. In truth, I had ordered it once on Burns Night in New York and was given what I assumed was the inoffensive American version. Now here we were in…

  • Making hot cocoa from scratch

    Making hot cocoa from scratch

    This past week we were out of hot cocoa mix and Chocolate Abuelita so I looked up how to make hot cocoa out of baker’s chocolate powder. Believe it or not I’d never done this before. Turns out it’s quicker than melting Chocolate Abuelita and tastes better. It’s one of those rare “from scratch” recipes…

  • Developing my simple Vietnamese and iced coffee recipes

    Developing my simple Vietnamese and iced coffee recipes

    My last post was about Vietnamese iced coffee and searching for that ideal restaurant-style recipe. I bought a phin, which is a metal drip brewer, and I found some Trung Nguyen coffee in Chinatown. My first stop was the recipe on the coffee can, which suggested a 3:25:1 water to coffee ratio. I think in…

  • How to make real Vietnamese coffee

    How to make real Vietnamese coffee

    To top off a refreshing plate of Vietnamese food on a hot day, we often go for a Vietnamese iced coffee. It’s the perfect sweet and cool complement for a bowl of pho, vermicelli, or a banh mi sandwich. With the temperatures hitting the 80s and 90s this week in New York City, I’ve been…

  • The Whole Enchilada, for Breakfast

    The Whole Enchilada, for Breakfast

    Until an embarrassingly advanced age, I could not have told you what an enchilada was exactly. Thanks to the wildly popular local hippie-Tex Mex take-out place down the street from my childhood home, I knew it as a shifty pile of meat and various Mexican ingredients, possibly including rice and vegetables, all covered in gooey…

  • Thank you for breakfast, England

    Thank you for breakfast, England

    Loaded with fried and fatty deliciousness, the Full English Breakfast is most definitely the father of the American diner breakfast. Both are widely available, often around the clock, and full of staples more filling than nutritious. In fact, the British seem to have a complex about their love of a good fry-up that equals the…

  • Bucket List: Jazz Train from New York to Montreal

    Bucket List: Jazz Train from New York to Montreal

    Featured image by Bublegun (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons New York, en wagon piano bar! Imagine some of the nicest scenery in the East flashing by the window as you’re serenaded by live music and wined and dined. I first heard about this unique year-round service from a post on And North.The…

  • January’s 10 Best Stories in Travel

    Photo: January at Labrador Mountain, Truxton, NY I’m here to share with you my favorite stories of the month from around the web. All have an international flavor, many explore the unseen side of the places we hear about in the news. If you’re wary of traveling there, at least you’ll be able to visit…

  • Making it Mexican Street Food

    Mexico, despite popular misconception, is not the land of crunchy tacos, ground beef, and shredded cheddar cheese. It is the land of chili, lime, cilantro, and onion. Lime, chili, cilantro, and onion (and meat) on a tortilla are the essence of a taco. Likewise, in Mexico, lime and chili (hot sauce, especially Valentina brand) can…