I headed out to Flushing, Queens to visit one of Xi’an Famous Foods’ locations and to explore a part of New York I had yet to explore. New York is said to be home to the largest Chinese population outside China and while I had ventured to Chinatown in Manhattan, I hadn’t discovered Flushing– a vibrant Chinatown of its own.
As I write this I am picking shards of stray ice cream cone shamelessly out of my beige scarf and eating it. Sure, I may be strolling down the streets of New York but if the people around me had just eaten what I did, they might be picking every last bite off their… [Read More]
It is Monday evening in New York City and the sky is grumbling with thunder as rain runs down my apartment window. It is a dreary night in the Empire State–the kind of evening where you will find me curled up on my couch with a glass of red wine, my Macbook balancing on… [Read More]
I imagined my one bite of cricket would prepare me for the stomach-churning menu prepared by chef David George Gordon, known as the “bug chef” for his culinary masterpieces and published book Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. Chef Gordon had prepared (brace yourself) cockroach canapés, tempura tarantulas, bacon-wrapped crickets from Cambodia and Oaxaca grasshopper kebabs.
All of a sudden my iPhone and Nikon seemed very out of place as I stepped into the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, as part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, and found myself surrounded by guests donning attire from the 1800s. Intricate dresses with delicate beading and rich silk were drapped across elegant ladies whose hands rested… [Read More]
If I close my eyes, I can still remember the first taste of that spoonful of freshly made dark chocolate. The subtle crunch of the sugar granules lending its sweetness, the slight bitter taste from the cocoa beans mixing with the smoothness of the whipped in milk. Moments ago I had seen all 3… [Read More]
There’s a lovely Italian proverb that goes parla come mangi or speak the way you eat. I love this saying because as a writer, I often get choked up on my words and can over think what I’m writing rather than letting it flow. As I sit here trying to find the words to describe the Buenos… [Read More]