Grilled Beef Wrapped in Wild Betel

I got a yen for wild betel in Vieng Xay, in a laid-back local market that sold an assortment of lunch pickings—sticky rice, sour bamboo, tangy dollops of jaeow, spicy little meatballs and grilled buffalo (above, middle, left of the balls) that had been mixed with onions and spices, wrapped in betel leaves and grilled…Continue readingGrilled Beef Wrapped in Wild Betel

Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam

Let me begin with disclosure: this review comes with attachments. I share entangled endeavors with Kim Fay, author of the newly released Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam. Her publisher, ThingsAsian Press, will publish my next two books. And I have contributed essays to Kim’s guidebook series, To Asia With Love. Though Kim and I…Continue readingCommunion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam

Rambling Spoon in Vietnamese

Oh, this is really going to stretch my language skills beyond the beyond. Earlier this month, reporter Vu Thi Huong Giang, a bright and inspiring IMMF alumnus, contacted me for an article she wanted to write on my food exploits across Vietnam and Asia in general. I’m flattered! Giang works for Tuoi Tre, a popular…Continue readingRambling Spoon in Vietnamese