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Super Bowl, Super Party

* Update: Wes Welker, you are officially OFF my Christmas Card list.  First Kyle WIlliams, now the Giants winning basically due to one dropped pass. The NFL has been unkind to me this year. First and foremost the Super Bowl is about the game (especially if you had a few bucks riding on the Packers … Continue reading

Nước-Mắm and Nước Chấm Dipping Sauces

Fish sauce by itself is salty, pungent and overpowering. Only a true fiend (like my wife) would eat it in its raw form, although there are those rare Vietnamese dishes where you eat it pure. Otherwise, it is best used to salt a dish or to mix down into the delicious dipping sauces below. A … Continue reading

Don’t Judge a Cook by his Cover: Parcel 104, Santa Clara, CA

Sitting at the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a bit of a yuppie wannabe heaven, catered to by restaurants that overcharge for bland, unremarkable food. A short drive from where we live, you’ll find the headquarters of Cisco, Facebook, Google, Apple and a ton of other technology heavy hitters. So you can imagine … Continue reading

Thiṭ Nướng (Vietnamese Grilled Pork)

I was a little shocked to realize this is the first Vietnamese recipe I’ll be posting. I guess since I cook Vietnamese all the time I’m not as fascinated by it, even though I absolutely love the food and enjoy both cooking and eating it. It makes me wonder if Tom Brady ever gets tired … Continue reading

Cervezas Preparadas: When Bad Beer Goes Good

I’m no beer snob and am far from a brew expert, but I know a bad beer when I taste one. Inevitably, after hosting enough parties you’ll accumulate tons of random beers, some of which being the American “light beer” variety. Good news: these otherwise bland and unremarkable beers (as well as milder Mexican imports … Continue reading

Dessert: It’s What’s for Dinner!

When I was twelve I asked my mom if I could have dessert for dinner and she told me no – when I grew up I could have all the dessert for dinner I wanted. Guess what? Once I became a grownup I did just that! I would eat tubs of ice cream, cake, brownies, … Continue reading

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