Category Archives: Savory Stuff

At Dodger Stadium with Tyler Florence and California Grapes

Me, Tyler and our watches

On June 11th, I was lucky enough to be invited to an event at Dodger Stadium here in Los Angeles hosted by the California Table Grape Commission. Tyler Florence is working with the California Table Grape Commission, as well as with other organizations, in an initiative that promotes healthy eating at ballparks across the country, including the homes of the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis ... Read More »

Food from Spain: Ham Flavored Chips

Jamon Flavored Chips

Since I’m already on a junk food kick, here is another fun photo from Spain: ham-flavored potato chips. It’s funny to think that you can tell a lot about the food but I’ve always found that potato chips are a pretty good indicator. You’ll find plain, salted chips in most places, but everything else is a mixed bag. Here in the US, I would say ... Read More »

Tapas in Spain

Spanish Tortilla

Spain is probably best known around the world for its tapas culture. This is the practice of eating small plates of food  – pretty much always with drinks like beer, sangria or wine – before dinner. It’s a social thing as much as a food thing, but the food element is what makes it stand out from other countries that have a bar or pub ... Read More »

Peanut Butter & Jelly Pouch

peanut butter & jelly pouch

Maybe it’s because I ate too many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid, but this Peanut Butter & Jelly Pouch is just too cute to resist. The soft fabric is stamped with a photo-print of a freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwich that looks just as tempting as the real thing – it even captured the swirls that a butter knife makes ... Read More »

Pizza scandal in Naples Italy, or Where did that wood come from?

It has become common knowledge – to foodies, at least – that a super-hot, wood burning oven is one of the best places there is to bake a pizza. The smoke from the wood infuses a lot of flavor into both the pizza crust and its toppings, and the high heat gives it the perfect crispy texture. What type of wood delivers the best flavor ... Read More »

What is quark?

Quark

While quark is a term that you’ll hear in some physics textbooks, it is also one that you’ll find in some cookbooks – one that comes with a very different meaning. Quark is a type of soft, fresh European cheese. It is easy to make comparisons with other dairy products, since it is similar to many other types of cheeses, but definitely unique. It is ... Read More »

Tropical flavor and hot dogs at Puka Dog, Poipu

A Puka Dog!

What is a Puka Dog? It’s not your ordinary hot dog, that’s for sure! Puka dogs are Hawaiian-style hot dogs served at, of course, Puka Dog in Poipu on Kauai. “Puka” is Hawaiian for hole – as in puka shell necklaces, where many small shells with holes in the center are strung on a necklace. Puka dogs start out with large buns that, instead of ... Read More »

Plate Lunch at Pono Market, Kapa’a

A rare empty moment in Pono Market

Pono Market is one of my favorite places on Kauai. The family-owned and run market is a small storefront on the main street in Kapa’a on the west side of the island, just a few minutes north of Lihue. Inside, you’ll find a big deli counter, an espresso bar and some of the friendliest people on the island. It’s not a big restaurant, although they ... Read More »

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