Category Archives: Food

The Myth of Monkey Brains

Siiting in a Hong Kong dim sum cafe, I reflected on the strange ‘delicacies’ eaten on my travels; snails in France, dog in Indonesia, fried rats and insects in Thailand, alligator in Florida, and sausage pies in the UK, but whenever the discussions comes around the table to the most revolting meal in the world […]

Princess Pamela’s Soul Food

My friend Emily Armstrong found a photo of 1969 Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook. She wrote the following: “I was thinking smothered pork chops and remembered Princess Pamela’s Little Kitchen near my first apartment on E 10th Street. You had to shout up from the street, “Hey Pamela!”, and if she was in the mood […]

Eating On The Run

No animal eat on the run. Not lions, tigers, or bears. Cows, sheep, and goats meandered as they grazed, but only humans walk and eat at the same time and most of those achieving this dubious goal are Americans. Every morning I share the train with commuters holding hands with a cup of coffee or […]

Superstitions of Thai Food

Every country has their own Old Wive’s Tales. Thailand is no exception. Some might seem crazy on the surface, but most have been based on solid logic, so farangs will still hear the following axioms being said today in some Thai families about dining etiquette and they have nothing to do with using the wrong […]

General Tso RIP

As a young child in the 1950s the most exotic food in portland, Maine was Italian food. Every sunday night my father drove into the city and brought home a pizza and antipasto salad. Otherwise the port city offered a wide range of fish. It wasn’t until our family moved to the South Shore of […]