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Habanero surprise: I love Mexican food!

It’s no secret that I am not the biggest fan of Mexican food. Growing up in SoCal, I was surrounded by Mexican eateries–taco stands, Tex-Mex chain restaurants, and countless mom-and-pop establishments–but I never really embraced the food and I’m not … Continue reading

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Feedback: beyond the soup bowl

Hello readers!  It’s been just over a year since I started this blog and I’m still trying to get my footing.  Blogging has been quite an adventure and I’ve learned a few lessons (accompanied by a lot of ‘duh’ moments): … Continue reading

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Family: the food, the bad, and the ugly

We recently visited my family in LA, and as usual, the visit churned up a host of conflicting emotions. I have never had the best relationship with my mother, whose perspective and understanding of life is so very different from … Continue reading

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Blizzard 2013 refrigerator surprise: pineapple fried rice

As we awaited blizzard Nemo, a storm billed as “historic” and likely to dump anywhere between 6 inches to 3 feet of snow in our neck of the woods.  Our town’s listserv had a running thread about what folks are … Continue reading

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Food for the greater good?

With a slow-going job search on my hands, lately I’ve been having entrepreneurial thoughts. Given my family’s disastrous experiments with business initiatives (failed restaurants, lost money, strained familial ties, etc., etc.) I am rather hesitant to even consider starting my … Continue reading

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The soup

It’s been over two months since I last posted and a lot has happened.  This blog is first and foremost about Vietnamese cooking, but I’ve always known that other topics would intrude.  I entitled the blog “in the soup” not … Continue reading

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Europe part 3(ish): Soup-er Boy’s Paris

I love traveling with our children.  Yes, I’ve frequently outlined all the challenges of family travel, but there is nothing more amazing than seeing the world through the eyes of your children. I know that all of my parent readers … Continue reading

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The Commune in detail

Everyday I am thankful for The Commune–a little bit of sanity and comfort in the midst of our crazy lives and our crazier world.  So, if you’ve ever wondered just how I can appear to be a thoughtful, put-together, and … Continue reading

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Europe part 1: Portugal

Ah, Europe.  Like an old friend, She welcomed me back this summer with magnificent scenery, delicious food and friendly locals.  Now, Mr. No Nom de Blog will be quick to call me on my selective amnesia and remind me of … Continue reading

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Eyeballs and all: grilled whole fish with garlic and lemongrass

Remember when I told you that I love to eat weird things?  Well, I love eating fish eyes–all that gelatinous goodness!  To get the eyes, I need the whole fish.  Yes, fillets are more kid-friendly and certainly easier to obtain … Continue reading

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