Over the holidays, toasts are usually a thing. Often in a lot of languages: Cheers, some say, or L’Chaim, Prost, Sláinte, Salute, Kampai, Salud … and I didn’t know what was said in the Philippines. Here’s the thing: there isn’t a direct translation, because the tradition is different. On Gideon Lasco’s website, he explains howContinue reading “Cheers!”
No, this isn’t about a crime. It’s about this taste-size bottle of bourbon, Larceny, that a co-worker gave me upon her return from Kentucky over the holidays. I’m not a big drinker, so when my co-worker said Kentucky bourbon, and I mentioned Makers Mark, she schooled me in the knowledge that real Kentuckians don’t drinkContinue reading “Larceny”
Maid-rite in Grimes
When you have friends who bake, this can happen. Wonderful chocolate cake for me and The Boy, who came home from NYC for a joint birthday celebration. Thanks, Gina!
When I think of comfort food, this is one of the things I think of: Japanese curry tonkatsu. It’s somewhat spicy, savory, and crunchy, a pork-based meat-and-potatoes kind of dish (especially if the curry has potatoes in it) that is perfect for a winter dinner. This dish is usually served with shredded cabbage (which isContinue reading “Comfort food: Worthy curry tonkatsu found at long last”
I grew up with Minute Maid Frozen Lemon Juice. It always seemed a bottle was in the fridge, though I don’t ever remember using it when I would cook. Then, years later, I married a woman whose family consumed Minute Maid Frozen Lemon Juice as if it were a staple, much in the same wayContinue reading “Saying good-bye to an old friend”
My globe-trotting sister in law brought back some great coffee from Uganda. Full bodied, rich and sweet, the Big Gorilla is among the best if not the best coffee I’ve ever had. Even better than Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. Anyone else try it?