Nong’s Khao Man Gai, a.k.a. Chicken-crack

There is a food cart that I really enjoy and try to get to once a week.  In fact, it is so tasty and addicting that at work it we dubbed it “chicken-crack.”  The cart is Nong’s Khao Man Gai, in the cart pod on 10th.  It serves one thing and one thing only, but … Continue reading Nong’s Khao Man Gai, a.k.a. Chicken-crack

Tillamook: the world’s best cheddar

It is not a surprise to most people I know that I love cheese.  It’s great stuff.  Cheddar is a staple cheese that I often keep stocked at home.  I often get a local brand, like Tillamook, because I’m eco-hipster like that.  On one of the recent baby loafs (because, really, how can you survive with … Continue reading Tillamook: the world’s best cheddar

In which the gift of spherical ice was received

I have been a Maker’s Mark “ambassador” since early 2002.  What does this mean?  It means I filled out a postcard for a free shot glass way back when.  The shot glass (and a sort of press kit) arrived and in the years since, I have gotten (alongside press kits and glossy marketing sheets) little … Continue reading In which the gift of spherical ice was received

Vegetable and Mixed Rice Casserole

I am perhaps not as great a cook as the lovely and talented Kim.  She can make up recipes in her head based on whatever scraps happen to be in the kitchen (“somethin’ outta nuthin’”).  She can jump right in to a new recipe with no problem.  Me — the first few times I try a … Continue reading Vegetable and Mixed Rice Casserole

Ramen as a space-filling curve

Although it has stared me in the face for years and should have been plainly obvious, last night I had a revelation that the noodles in Top Ramen are “wrong.”  Actual ramen from a ramen house has straight noodles (and good broth that doesn’t come from a powder, but that’s beside this point).  Ramen noodles … Continue reading Ramen as a space-filling curve

The Home Depot Absinthe Fountain

In the past few weeks I have mentioned my “ghetto, Home Depot absinthe fountain” to a number of friends.  Given the internet mantra of “pics or it didn’t happen” and my difficulty of describing all of the little details in words, let me start out with a photograph: The project arose from my desire to … Continue reading The Home Depot Absinthe Fountain

Friends & Foster Burger

I had a great dinner with great friends at Foster Burger tonight. Liam ordered a deep-fried avocado that we all split. The natural fattiness of the avocado plus the deep-frying made a concoction that was hard to eat just one slice of. There were not many main courses to choose from, but I believe our … Continue reading Friends & Foster Burger

Ham is the new bacon

Maybe it is just a “Plate o’ Shrimp” moment, but after a significant amount of time of ham barely being on my radar — you know, the occasional ham & cheese sandwich, but nothing terribly memorable — I have had some great chunks of ham in the last few days. The first was at the … Continue reading Ham is the new bacon

Laser cut oats

For years I have walked by the “steel cut oats” bin at the grocery store and thought that they need to modernize that stuff. It’s the 21st century. They should be using lasers. Those should be laser cut oats. It seems that very soon I will be a step closer to my dreams: laser etched … Continue reading Laser cut oats