Farmers' Market Integrity

Recently, questions about the integrity of farmers’ markets have burbled up in the news, feeding the worries of some shoppers: How do I know my market has “real” farmers and can I believe their … [more]

Passing the cocktail test

In France, one of the basic tests of a chef is simply to see how well they can make an omelette. Sure, it might be a very simple and common dish, but it still takes skill, knowledge, and passion to … [more]


For as long as i can remamber i have always had a thing for food. it is so amazing how when you think you have outgrown something somehow, someway it always comes back to you to remind of the love … [more]

Shaken or Stirred

James Bond, that debonair and worldly English secret agent that always seems to know far to much about far too many things always orders his Martini’s “…shaken, not stirred”. … [more]

Thank you my son

“Mom, today the teacher showed us an expensive pen that the father of one of our classmates had sent for her birthday. She also showed a bag that a boy’s parents had sent.” I responded without … [more]

Crazy Restaurant Stuff

For almost 2 decades I travelled documenting and filming authentic cuisines all over the world. By authentic foods, I refer to the pure forms of each respective countries cuisine, before fusion and … [more]

The Rise and Fall of the Martini

The Schizoid Cocktail There is perhaps no other cocktail that is better known, or less known, then the Martini. Talk with any patron at the bar about what a Martini is, and you most likely will … [more]

Mashpo Momo on the Go!

The bomb had been placed on a public bus which was passing by the United World Trade Center, a recently opened shopping mall in Kathmandu. Another bomb blast took place within a matter of minutes of … [more]

My First Shot at Becoming Vegetarian

A thump of approval …pain is joy…joy is pain…this mind is a strange thing The hook sunk into the soft flesh of the upper palate of the silvery fish – it writhed and jerked in pain. The line … [more]

The Veggie Mamas’ Dream

“They are poisoning the dogs !!! Hurry up !!!” the shouts tore through the serene and quiet grounds of the spiritual institution. A rush of robed youth and boys with shaven heads ran out towards … [more]

No Mashpo Momos!

We looked at each other and then again tried to pry apart the firmly frozen lump of 100 mashpo momos. There was no way of getting the momos apart without tearing off the skin and exposing the … [more]

Losing a bit of compassion

I looked out of my window, attracted by some movements on the lawn behind my house. On a small grassy mound several metres away, there were two men, a young boy probably in his early teens and a … [more]

The Bitter Truth - a cocktail test

Here’s a quick test to see how much you really know about cocktails, and how prepared you are to make them. To begin with, if your “liquor cabinet” doesn’t include Angostura … [more]

Cocktail Origins

As a child, I loved reading superhero comic books. My favorites were the ones about the origins of these characters. Now that I’m older, I don’t read comic books (much) anymore, but I am … [more]

I love Starbucks

I love Starbucks. Granted, I haven’t been inside a Starbucks for many years with the exception of the colossal swollen bladder incident of ’05. But I love what they have created. Now, for all the … [more]

A New Beginning…

Every spring marks rebirth and a perfect time to cleanse both your inner and outer temples. You may ask yourself, why cleanse? Doesn’t the body, in all its infinite wisdom, do the job for us? Yes, … [more]

Go Organic!

Look for signs that say, this section is “certified organic” as you fight your way through the market crowds, particularly when it comes to the dirty dozen: the fruits and vegetables that … [more]

Farmer's Market

I used to take the Farmer’s Market for granted. Every Wednesday, on our way to preschool, my daughter Ava and I would cross the food and flower lined street, stop to sample the pomegranate-apple … [more]

It Seems Like Every Month…

…there’s a new diet/health book allegedly uncovering the latest truths and foolproof plans to finally reach that nutritional Mecca. Having worked closely with the creator of the Zone diet, it … [more]

Cocktail Anxiety

“What’ya Have?” When sitting at the bar of a cocktail lounge, do those words cause you to temporarily freeze up? Do you quickly try to recall a drink, any drink, that you can order … [more]

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