Pushing the Pok Pok Cart

Back in January, I had the good fortune to meet a couple of fellow food hounds who happened to be passing through Chiang Mai as I was there. Chef and cookbook author Susan Loomis, on a research trip for her latest tasty project, introduced me to Andy Ricker, owner of Portland’s Pok Pok. We chatted…Continue readingPushing the Pok Pok Cart

Menu for Hope 4

We have seen too many hungry people this year. Especially in India. And so I appeal to you again this year to pledge a few of your dollars toward a Menu for Hope prize, all proceeds of which will go to the UN World Food Programme. Last year’s campaign was a smashing success, with $62,925.12…Continue readingMenu for Hope 4

More on Burma

A 90-year-old monk warms his hands by the fire. Shan State, Burma, in slightly calmer times. Many of you have been asking if I have further news. Last night at the FCCT, photojournalist Thierry Falise, a member of Jerry’s agency, gave a slideshow of his work in Burma during the past few weeks. Thierry witnessed…Continue readingMore on Burma

Flying the Uncertain Skies

A few weeks back, Jerry and I contemplated flying to Phuket right around now. We changed our minds, but I can’t help wondering, what if? What if we had flown flight OG269 through a rainstorm, crashing upon arrival? What if we had been among the 89 killed? We easily could have. We very well might…Continue readingFlying the Uncertain Skies

A Cookbook for the Ages

Where, where, where do the months go? Seems like just a few weeks ago we had our 4th of July hotdogs in Borneo, and now the 4th of July is upon us again. You know all the sayings about the speed of time as we age—and I am most assuredly growing older—so here we are…Continue readingA Cookbook for the Ages

Ryszard Kapuscinski, 1932-2007

The world has lost one of its finest reporters and writers. Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, 74, died this week following heart surgery in Warsaw. He began reporting in Africa in the 1950s and 1960s, and throughout his career covering the developing world, he managed to accomplish what so few others have: he wrote about the…Continue readingRyszard Kapuscinski, 1932-2007

Thailand Update

We’re in a holding pattern, waiting to see how the new powers will play out their roles. The military has vowed to select a new leader within two weeks, and to restore democracy within a year. I’m not sure I would have noticed a thing, however, had I not already known of the coup. Here…Continue readingThailand Update