A motorbike food tour of Ho Chi Minh City with Back of the Bike Tours was one of the most memorable things I did while in Vietnam. Since traffic in Saigon is so crazy, it’s most convenient to travel by motorbike, and this tour offers English-speaking guides that will immerse you in Vietnamese culture, both by taking you through the streets via scooter and showing you what and where to eat to get a true taste of hidden gastronomic gems. Each place we visited, the hubs and I had never

Last week, I published a barbacoa tacos recipe for Día de los Muertos. But for those of you purely Halloween celebrants, I’m posting this more traditional autumn recipe. While it’s not your typical ghoulish party food, I find it’s one of the few Halloween themed dishes I’ll actually make in my kitchen. I like that it’s simple, delicious, and appreciated by both adults and children. I actually just served this dish over the weekend at a get-together at our house for the World Series watch party (go ‘Stros!). It’s not

Where does the time go? 2017 is flying by. It’s already Halloween next week. I love the fall holiday season, and this year, I was thinking of how I could cook a Halloween-themed dinner for adults. This means no abundance of candies, no ghoulish eyeball soup, no pumpkin everything. After days of mulling over how I could create a cohesive holiday meal, I decided to take the easier (and, in my opinion, more sensible) route and cook a Día de los Muertos dinner. Quick cultural lesson: El Día de los

My next travel adventures brings me back to Vietnam for a month. Since the hubs combined several days worth of footage into just a few YouTube vlogs, I’ll run through the highlights of our extended holiday. First meal out after landing in Saigon Com Tam Bui Saigon (Quan 1) The hubs has an obsession with in-flight amenities kits. I think it’s because he’s been spoiled with flying business class. I find it cute, though, when he gets excited to open up a kit. The stuffing of three of them into

California has some of the best seafood, from the oysters at Hog Island in San Francisco to the clams at San Diego’s Ironside Fish and Oyster. As a follow-up to my recent travels to San Diego, here’s a recipe for cioppino. Despite it’s Italian-sounding name, cioppino is thought to originate in San Francisco when fishermen needed sustenance after a hard day’s work at sea. The fresh catches of the day would be cooked in a simple, hearty stew, and the leftover broth would get mopped up with crusty bread (specifically

I was invited to be a guest chef on Bong Appetit, a show on edgy media channel VICELAND. Since I’ve been promoting my episode, which will air tonight at 10:30 PM EDT, there’s been a lot of controversy. I’ve lost a few fans on Facebook, but I was surprised I earned even more new followers. I don’t like to stir up controversy, but I truly feel I am not doing anything morally wrong. I cooked the food on the show but did not consume it. Cannabis is legal in California

This place gets busy so expect a wait. Fortunately, the hubs and I were willing to sit at the bar and were seated immediately. Service was courteous, drinks were delicious, and food was fantastic. The Bloody Mary was a variation of my beloved Canadian Caesar (think Bloody Mary with clam juice), and to take it over the top, my cocktail was garnished with a fresh shrimp and oyster. It was spicy and refreshing and salty like the sea all at once. The hubs and I shared the clam chowder fries

Ever since my visit to San Diego where I gave a TEDx talk at UCSD, I’ve been involved with Aira, a start-up that uses smart glasses to connect blind and low vision users to live human agents for visual and navigational assistance. The above YouTube video shows me using Aira technology for the first time last year. Like the pace of most successful technology companies, Aira has grown immensely and exponentially every year since I first met Sumon the CEO in 2015. Now, Aira has partnered with AT&T for the

My last visit to San Diego was first and foremost to meet with Aira, a start-up service enabling the blind and vision impaired to navigate the world more independently. But more on Aira later. Let’s talk about what else I did in San Diego. Day 1 in San Diego La Puerta Juniper & Ivy We arrive in San Diego and walk to a nearby restaurant, La Puerta, to catch happy hour. The hubs and I order local craft beers on draft and some tacos and guacamole to share. Then later

Next weekend in Houston, on the evenings of October 7th and 8th, I’ll be collaborating with Alvin Schultz also of MasterChef fame. Alvin does these highly creative Underground dinners which consist of a multi-course tasting menu with some of the most unique dishes I’ve ever had. A perfect example is the above video which documents the hubs and me attending Alvin’s Pulp Fiction themed Underground dinner. Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movies, and it’s Alvin’s, too, so this dinner was loads of fun, both for him to create

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