I’m not a celebrant of Valentine’s Day, since I think it’s mostly an unnecessary jaunt through over-consumerism, but tomorrow is the hubs’s birthday, so I thought I’d honor him with a recipe for one of his favorite foods. The hubs loves a good burger. In Houston, our current favorite burger joint is Stanton’s City Bites, but why not make it at home yourself? I grew up eating McDonald’s, and even though fast food, especially those Golden Arches, spurs such contempt in our current health-conscious generation, I can’t deny I still

Dufftown is a quaint countryside town. It took us a few hours to get from Edinburgh to Dufftown by car (and a while to get used to driving on the left side of the road). The road trip was a nice change of scenery and pace from our regular travels thus far. I was told there were a lot of green pastures and sheep and some cattle alongside the highway. After dropping off our stuff at Castleview, a true B&B run by a hospitable and friendly couple, we ventured out

I wanted to try haggis, so we had to find a restaurant serving some traditional Scottish fare. That’s how we stumbled upon Howies. We had passed many restaurants after visiting Edinburgh Castle, but none of the menus looked enticing. There were a lot of fish ’n chips, meat pies, and fish chowders—not that there was anything wrong with these—but everything sounded like greasy bar food, so when we found a bistro type eatery up a hill serving lunch specials, we put our names on the list. Howies isn’t super cheap,

Let me be the first to tell you, Chuc mung nam moi! You should know by now that means “Happy new year in Vietnamese. Today is lunar new year, and this time, it’s the year of the monkey. Monkeys are known to be intelligent and sly, both very true of my monkey cousin who is a litigation lawyer in New York. Hehe! Ever since college, once I had my own space, I’ve loved entertaining. From summer barbecues at the college apartment pool to the luau at my first house after

The first time I was in Edinburgh, I was twenty-two and did not dare to try haggis. Since then, I’ve matured and developed a hunger for new experiences, especially those in the gastronomical realm. This meant I was on a mission in Edinburgh. This time, I was going to eat some haggis. For those that don’t know, traditional Scottish haggis is made of sheep offal stuffed inside its stomach lining with oats and spices. It reminds me of Louisianan boudin. The next day, we were going to embark on a

Translated from Korean as “mixed rice,” bibimbap is the dish I recall eating on my first morning in Seoul, Korea. It was at the counter of a food court stall, and although bibimbap is nothing fancy, there’s something comforting about the one-bowl meal, especially when it is served in a sizzling stone bowl. Although I didn’t eat bibimbap during my last trip to L.A., I wanted to pay tribute to Korean cuisine since I did eat a lot of that. Bibimbap is a quick and easy recipe that’s flavorful yet

Even after Korean food the night before, we still couldn’t get enough. With perhaps the hardest name for a non-Korean to remember, Kang Hodong Baekjeong has been on my queue of places to try in KoreaTown, L.A., for a couple of years. It’s named for a Korean comedian, and with my knowledge of the language limited to “mom,” “dad,” and “thank you,” it’s no wonder I can’t pronounce nor remember this name. But I don’t discriminate. Three of us came on a Saturday night, and there was a two-hour wait.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program (sort of). I’m wedging in my recent trip to L.A. For MasterChef within my UK travels, so I’m going to finish off the L.A. Series with some L.A. Food reviews, followed by a L.A. Inspired recipe. The hubs and I met up some friends for dinner at Mister Bossam after the first day of shooting the MasterChef Celebrity Showdown because Korean food is a staple every time we visit L.A. Bossam is one of my favorite Korean dishes ever. Ssam means “wrapped,” and

As promised, I’m going to start posting recipes inspired by my travels, and I’m interrupting the L.A. series to bring you a recipe inspired by my visit to London. You might ask what does Indian have to do with London, but rumor has it London is home to some of the best Indian food in the world, even better than (gasp!) India itself. My theory behind this is similar to why I believe America has better pho than Vietnam: quite simply, the quality of ingredients are superior in the est.

Coming off the tail of my season premiere of Four Senses and vlog of day 1 in L.A. is the MasterChef Celebrity Showdown, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at MasterChef. I flew to L.A. In November to shoot the MC showdown, along with a couple of fellow MasterChef champions and current MasterChef Junior contestants. But our challenge was only one of many. Supermodels and television stars also duke it out in the kitchen, all in the name of charity. Catch the two-hour MasterChef Celebrity Showdown tonight on FOX at 8/7

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