From the monthly archives: June 2016

This upcoming weekend is the July Fourth holiday and as the original “Brexits,” why not celebrate with … salmon!

I know, not the most likely of proteins for an independence day table, but I love salmon so much I find any opportunity to grill it. In fact, I made this exact same recipe during the […]

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UPDATE: The restaurant management unexpectedly closed this high-profile spot in summer 2016, saying it was “temporary” but no signs of when it will reopen or what will happen to the talents of Chef Matthew Lightner.

NAPA, Calif.
There’s been a lot of activity in wine country lately, and a lot of chefs are creating […]

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Locol is the high-profile fast-food restaurant concept by Oakland resident, chef-restaurateur Daniel Patterson and LA food truck star chef Roy Choi.

The pair’s Northern California outlet of Locol has been highly anticipated after they floated the idea of opening affordable and “healthful” fast-food eateries in under-served communities. Their first Locol opened in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood (and […]

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I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a cooking video, so when I realized I still had a package of pickled mustard greens in the refrigerator, I decided to whip up one of my favorite Northern Chinese-style dishes and filmed it for you all!

You’ll see this pork with pickled mustard greens noodle […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Even though it’s been two weeks since I’ve returned home, I still look back fondly at my trip to Portland and continue to dream about all the food I ate.

And I’m not kidding when I say I ate continuously on this trip. This was a real foodie vacation (sure, I visited with […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Husband-and-wife team Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton (owners of the popular Ox Restaurant) loved combining appetizers when dining out, intrigued by the mashup of flavors. The couple, who says they love bold flavors, decided to open a restaurant built around the little bites with lots of flavor […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Langbaan literally means “back of the house” in Thai, and it’s also the name of a unique dining experience in Portland offering a Thai-inspired tasting menu in a tiny 24-seat space tucked behind another Thai restaurant.

And to be clear, it was my favorite meal of my recent vacation here.

Portland has […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Pok Pok is the often-recommended Thai restaurant in Portland from Chef Andy Ricker, who is leading a one-man revolution of how Americans view Thai cuisine. In the years since opening his restaurant in an emerging neighborhood on Division Street, he has opened several restaurants (including Pok Poks in Brooklyn and […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Dining at several new restaurants in Portland, I noticed a sophisticated swath that permeates many restaurants as opposed to just a few darlings a few years ago. Chefs here are cooking with excitement and creativity, more so than when I last visited in 2014.

One good example is the quaint and charming […]

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