Jamón Ibérico stall in La Boqueria market.

Paella a la Catalonia

Camping Chicken Ballotine and all the helpings.

Camp Ballotine

Camping Chicken Ballotine and all the helpings.
Asian-style smoked baby back ribs.

Oh my galangal BBQ ribs!

Asian-style smoked baby back ribs.
Elk bull feeding right on the trail.
Elk bull feeding right on the trail.
Lakeside home-made gnocchi.
Lakeside home-made gnocchi.
Young fighter ready to go on center stage at Lumpinee.
Young fighter ready to go on center stage at Lumpinee.
Lounging around the fire.
Lounging around the fire.

Paella a la Catalonia

Jamón Ibérico stall in La Boqueria market.

Nothing gets my heart racing faster than experiencing flamenco on stage, but on this night the roles were reversed and I happened to be on the performing end. The women glided […]

Camp Ballotine

Camping Chicken Ballotine and all the helpings.

One of my fondest memories as a young teenager was watching the ever charismatic Jacques Pépin on TV as the master conjured up delicious dishes in front of the camera. Little […]

Oh my galangal BBQ ribs!

Asian-style smoked baby back ribs.

The minute my wife Zara and I set foot in Ubud we knew that this enchanting place was unlike any other; there was something serene and exotic about the island […]

The Lost Coast: trail meals in elk country

Elk bull feeding right on the trail.

There it was, camouflaged, undisputed, and majestically regal, watching over his harem while taking the opportunity to nourish himself before the next inevitable encounter with a young and fearless buck.  Suddenly, the bull changed focus […]

Campfire gnocchi and lakeside jambalaya

Lakeside home-made gnocchi.

Just a few minutes after unloading our gear, we could hear large splashes in the surrounding lake at Crane Prairie Reservoir. It was still light out and apparently feeding time for the […]

Street food smarts: Bangkok nights and the art of eight knives

Young fighter ready to go on center stage at Lumpinee.

It’s another muggy Friday night at Lumpinee; there is a sweet and thick scent suspended in the air, which I can only imagine being a combination of cheap tobacco mixed with […]

Fire it up: Grilled Moroccan chicken skewers

Grilled Moroccan chicken skewers, with corn, tomatoes, and asparagus spears.

If there is one thing I revel in during my travels is visiting the open markets. Nothing comes close to encapsulating the soul of any city as taking a stroll through […]

Guys weekend and the legend of the bobcat

Lounging around the fire.

This post is more about ideas and less about actual recipes. I hope you enjoy it. Every bachelor party is unique in its own way, some are classy, and meticulously […]

Hiking amongst giants in Sequoia National Park

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Nothing beats hiking deep into the wilderness for a couple of nights with the right company. My great friend, Tracy and I decided to hike into the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national park for […]

Mayan Tikin Xic a la pescadera

Red snapper off the Yucatán coast.

By nature of having been raised in the diverse mecca that is Vancouver, I was exposed to every type of immigrant community from around the city. Growing up I had a […]

Fire it up: Vietnamese-style grilled pork balls

Grilled pork balls.

When my good friend Kyle recruited me to do a fish sauce blind tasting with him, I jumped on the opportunity right away. In addition to having a few samples […]

Volcano-steamed Balinese tuna

Batur Lake and Gunung Agung. Bali.

It’s 3:30 in the morning and we just arrived at the foot of Mount (Gunung) Batur, an active volcano wedged between two concentric calderas in Northeastern Bali. Before the hike, […]

Babi Guling: Balinese roasted suckling pig

Roasting at Ibu Oka, Ubud.

Disclaimer: This story contains some graphic imagery. In one fell swoop, the thief snatched my mother’s thin gold necklace and fled the scene, zig-zagging between cars before I could even […]

Our Istrian hilltop wedding

Village of Motovun, Croatia.

I never imagined that I would ever get married, but then one night she walked into the bar. On that same foggy San Francisco evening I asked Zara if she […]