The Prettiest Peppers

Missoula’s Clark Fork Market has ended, but its colors live on. I spent last Sunday in the kitchen, keeping warm beside the stove as I turned the season’s last goodies into batches of soup, sauce and stew. Unfortunately, I couldn’t smell much—I’ve been fighting a cold that continues to linger. But the cooking itself seemed […]

Taking Notes on the Cashew Apple

Just a photo I’ve always liked. Those are my hands in the upper left corner. I was in southern Thailand, learning about cashew apples. I’d spent the hour before exploring Krabi’s Ban Laempho Gastropod Fossil Beach—an ancient cemetery of mollusks preserved in layered beds—when lunch called my name. A few little stalls selling fried chicken […]

The Chorreador de Café

It’s a good thing Customs doesn’t limit the amount of coffee an American can bring home. As you might imagine, I returned from Costa Rica with a sack of beans—and I’ll get to that. But first, I want to introduce you to our new fave gadget, simple as it is: the chorreador de café. Apparently, […]

The Rose Roaster

This is Mr. Sua Yee, a Hmong man in the northern Thailand village of Ban Rai, near Pang Mapha. And this is his clever contraption for drying rose petals, which are sent to Chiang Mai, packaged and sold across Thailand as floral tea. Two fans lie on their sides at the bottom of the sealed […]

Website update and house cleaning

Greetings Fellow Ramblers, The WordPress software on which this site runs was just upgraded, whole hog. If anyone notices a problem, kindly let us know. Also, in going through the myriad nooks and crannies of the WordPress control panel, we found several people (okay, 70) had signed up as subscribers with curious names like, “SxyRussianBlondes” […]

Cool Gift

Not your average pencils — do not sharpen hashi. Do not put them in the dishwasher either. Sometimes good friends have an eye for the perfect present – complete with thoughtful discourse on the philosophy and etiquette of chopstick use.