The day before our wedding Zara was enjoying a girl’s day in the nearby coastal town of Rovinj, so I decided to do something special for myself. I embarked on a pre-arranged truffle hunt with my friend Tracy, my father-n-law, Rodney, and his partner, Marybeth, and the closest thing to my kin (as my brothers hadn’t arrived yet), my old friend Sal joined by his lovely wife, Magdalena.
What happens when you throw a get together and your guest list suddenly double in size? That’s exactly what ensued when we hosted a backyard party at our place this past summer. Luckily, we had plenty of food and libations to go around, but I remembered these beautiful lamb racks I had in the fridge so I left the crowd and quickly dusted some rub to the lamb with a pre-made blend and on the grill they went. I call them “lamb pops,” and they’re the perfect bite-size crowd pleaser.
Recently I’ve been joining my good friend Kyle in the art of salumi making. Kyle is very knowledgeable on the subject, an alchemist even as the process requires precision, creativity, and most importantly patience.
Nothing takes you back down memory lane like a classic grilled cheese. It is versatile, filling and really easy to make, but given its minimal number of components one has to pair them up just right.
Recently I read an interesting article citing how a week spent camping out in the wilderness is enough to reset one own’s circadian clock. Lately I’ve been feeling like I could use a week in the outdoors without the need to connect digitally to the world. We all need our own form of escapism and for Z and I, nothing beats a great camping trip to recharge the batteries.
We have only lived in Portland, Oregon for just over five months after making the move from our former home and beloved San Francisco, but I believe I’ve found the place where I could spend an entire week fishing and relaxing while preparing delicious meals on an open fire. Timothy Lake is situated about 50 miles southeast of Portland in the luscious Mt. Hood National Forest and is the perfect destination to unplug from civilization.
I’ve known my friend John for as long as I can remember. We first met at Vancouver Film School in the late nineties and little did I know that we’d a forge a strong friendship lasting nearly twenty years so far. I consider him like a brother; the type of guy I can confide in knowing there wouldn’t be an ounce of judgement.
Endless, over-worked nights fueled by the typical ramen, black coffee, and power bars have indelibly been etched in my mind, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
We’ve managed to cross paths in many cities over the years and somehow have now both ended up planting roots in Portland, Oregon. We see each other often, of course, and recently he came by for a little backyard grilling.
If I could BBQ 365 days of the year there is no doubt that I would. We’re constantly trying out different grill and barbecue ideas, to not only keep challenging ourselves, but also to take advantage of these warm summer nights, which we try to enjoy outside as much as possible…
Growing up in Lima, I had access to a bounty of high quality fish and a diverse selection of seafood, so it is no wonder that I gravitate to dishes that contain creatures of the sea. And for obvious reasons, cooking them directly over the fire is something I’m also partial too.
It all started with a trip to see the majestic tule elk about four years ago, on the way towards the Tomales bay trail.
The elk can usually be spotted lining the road leading on to the ocean, tend to seclude themselves in herds, and if you are lucky you might find yourself staring at a ten point buck just twenty yards away.
This will be the first of a two part series I’m calling “Cooking with fire” and I’ll start by talking about two different types of camping fires, fire building basics, and burning materials. In the second part of the series I’ll walk you through ways to best maintain a healthy fire to produce delicious and well-cooked food.
Smokey the Bear was an icon when I was a youngin
One of my favorite travel books is Hot Sour Salty Sweet, and while at first glance it may come off as a recipe book, it’s far more than that. The authors’ insatiable curiosity is apparent towards understanding and capturing the essence of the communities, regional flavors and techniques they were exposed to throughout Southeast Asia.
This book really resonates with me and is an inspiration to us for where we would like to take this humble blog; a chronicle of our experiences focusing on the places we visit, the people we encounter and of course, the food we experience along the way.
Kids playing bingo in the streets of Bangkok.