My Holiday Gift Guide For Food, Travel, and Design Lovers

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  Still haven’t gotten your holiday shopping done? It’s okay, I haven’t either. But you needn’t fret. There’s plenty of time before Hanukkah and Christmas roll around. From Will’s amazing leather weekenders to Emily McDowell’s quirky lettered creations and super sleekly designed modern water pitchers that use coconut husks to filter your H20, I’ve rounded up my favorite… Read more »

How To Make Bourbon Spiced Persimmon Holiday Bread

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I’m a total nerd when it comes to the holidays. The baking, the decorating, the gift giving, and general merry making are totally my thing. And while I do love the bountiful produce that the local farmers markets offer in the spring and summer months, the winter has some goodies too. Pomegranates and persimmons, I think,… Read more »

Video: How To Make Chinese Dumplings

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  When it comes to cooking, sometimes the simplest things are the easiest to mess up. Dumplings are one example: they can be delicate and delicious perfection or a sticky mess. Several chefs specializing in the craft opened up their kitchens to my brother Danny and I while we were on assignment exploring regional Chinese… Read more »

How To Make Chamomile + Cardamom Spiced Indian Donuts

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Photo by Matt Armendariz Maybe it’s the colors, maybe it’s the spices, perhaps it’s my obsession with yoga, but I’ve always been fascinated with Indian culture. So it’s only natural that at the tip top of my travel bucket list is an edible journey through the country, exploring the regional cuisine — hopefully with a few… Read more »

What Is The Future Of Food?

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  To mark the relaunch of their site, Eater asked food and beverage industry leaders how they want to change the world through food. As you can imagine, there were some pretty ambitious answers, including my own.  Personally, I find it really frustrating that fresh food, like the gorgeous Cobb from Tavern pictured above, costs an arm… Read more »

Chinese Dining Etiquette Tips From Shanghai

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Photos by Danny Simmons A big part of being a food writer in a foreign country is understanding the local culinary culture. Having a grasp on local traditions not only helps you blend in (I already stick out enough as a 6 foot tall Viking woman!), but shows your dining companions that you’ve done your… Read more »

Mattei’s Asian-Inspired Grilled Avocados With Ponzu + Fresh Wasabi

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It’s pretty much sacrilege to be a born-and-raised California girl like me and not be completely obsessed with avocados. I can’t even tell you how many after school snacks were made by spooning that creamy, buttery fruit out of it’s skin straight into my mouth. If I had a lime and some S&P, great. But even plain, a whole avocado has… Read more »