After a heavy Thanksgiving meal and next-day leftovers, perhaps a light and refreshing salad is calling your name. This is a delicious, winter-appropriate, grapefruit salad with layers of flavor, texture, and crunch. It’s not your boring old salad by any means. It’s bright and colorful, and certain to wake up your taste buds. Love when … Continue Reading

 Fall has arrived…   I’m back from a two-month hiatus and am hungry (figuratively and literally).  Was busy walking the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile walk across northern Spain beginning in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, and ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain).  Thereafter, did a little traveling (culinary research [i.e., eating]) in Portugal and Ireland. On most … Continue Reading

My taste buds were craving something a bit different.  Something out of the ordinary. Hmm…. Then I remembered this salad — a Laotian-style crispy rice salad — I had at a little hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop restaurant in Falls Church, VA.  Bangkok Golden is an unassuming place from the outside and is located in a nondescript strip mall.  Notwithstanding, when you enter and … Continue Reading

This is a simple little salad that I was turned on to a few weeks ago at a Japanese restaurant in Brooklyn, NY.  By looks alone, it — kinpira gobo (braised burdock root) — might not seem all that impressive.  However, there’s more to this salad than meets the eye.  Let your taste buds be the … Continue Reading

  Back in May I posted A Salad for Spring, so it only seemed fitting to have a…Salad for Summer. Love when the seasons collide.  Late-spring/early-summer yields the best assortment of vegetables. The farmers’ markets are hoppin’ this time of year.  Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and squash blossoms are just starting to appear (at least here … Continue Reading