Report from the Texas Book Tour for Dishing Up New Mexico
The Korean Staple: Kimchi
Kimchi (also known as gimchi) and Korean food in general are not cuisines that I have experienced often as a Native New Mexican. Most of the kimchi I had tried were American variations and therefore I was not entirely sure what kimchi was supposed to taste like. When I found out I’d be relocating to South Korea at the end of last year one of the things that I was most excited about was the opportunity to sample some authentic Korean food, including the national dish, kimchi. Once I arrived in Korea I found the cuisine to be somewhat intimidating, with all kinds of smells and flavors that my palate was not used to. Kimchi in Korea has a much more aromatic (also could be described as strong) smell than what I’ve had in the U.S. and it is everywhere you go.
Dinner on the Diner, Trans-Siberian Style
Sharon Hudgins reminds us of the Sibera that existed before all of the much starker Soviet Union years.
Thai Red Curry: The Art of Asian Heat
There’s something about the richness of red curry paste that is incredibly satisfying to the palate; in fact, I find that even a small portion of good red curry leaves me feeling sated—much more so than a comparable amount of Chinese food, for instance.
Hunting Chicken of the Woods in Alaska
Late August is the time of year when the day-glo orange-and-yellow fungus called Chicken of the Woods crops up on the dead and dying trees in the deep woods. I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days wandering the forest around Juneau, Alaska, where I went hunting for some of this edible mushroom.
Dave’s Digging The Fire Drill Burger
On Tuesday in Houston, I had lunch at a food truck—er, bus with James Wreck and David of eatmoreheat.com. Bernie’s Burger Bus blew me away with their Fire Drill Burger.
Visiting the Land of the Maya, Part 1
In 2008, my coauthor of ten books, Nancy Gerlach, and her husband Jeff retired and moved from Albuquerque to Chelem, Yucatán. Recently my wife and I visited them for a whirlwind tour of the region.