Festival of Market Colors

Can I entice you with eye candy? It’s been many weeks, now, since we visited the Marche Biologique Raspail (Paris, Sunday mornings, closing promptly at 1:30 p.m.), but I recall the colors clearly. Such a festive array that made me think of the holidays. What did the market offer? Beautiful things with masterpiece prices. Large […]

Pumpkin Crisps

We sit near the Nam Phu fountain, eating a snack of fresh yogurt and sweet pumpkin chips with sesame. A man named Khampa takes a seat beside us. He begs us for food, then money. He has traveled to Vientiane from Savannakhet, presumably to make some money. I hand him the bag of pumpkin crisps […]

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 […]


Jasmine menu. (Photos a team effort between Andy Bronson and Jerry Redfern) Valentine’s Day came and went, and this is well overdue, but so be it. I want to tell you about Jasmine and her red romantic dinner. Jasmine is a lovely young woman who, with her husband, Mark Norris, recently opened a restaurant by […]


Gourmet recently combined its two blogs (travel and food) into one, all-encompassing site, Choptalk. Please check there for exclusive news and photos you won’t find here. The editors are still in the process of updating bios, archives, links, etc., but the blog is ready for your perusal. Recent installments include missives on Khmer sour fish […]

Homage to Luang Prabang

Sweeping monk, Luang Prabang The gong strikes now at 4 a.m. as monks across your peninsula wake for another day. This, they have done for centuries. Ah, Luang Prabang. How I have seen you change and watched you stay the same. I have seen your emergence as a World Heritage City, as your alleys have […]