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 »

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 »

The Dishlist: Best Bites In Beijing

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In the spirit of 8 being a lucky number in China, my brother Danny and I compiled this video of the 8 best eats in Beijing. Check out this dizzying array of dumplings, street snacks, scorpions and Chinese wine! (Yes, I did indeed eat scorpions! Is that terrible for a Scorpio to do? I sure… Read more »

Exploring China’s Regional Cuisine With Quest Magazine

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  It’s a shame that Chinese food has been long associated with lonely nights in and hungover dim sum brunches. The cuisine from one of the world’s most ancient societies is really quite complex, steeped in thousands of years of tradition. In fact, the Chinese are so connected with what they eat that it’s considered… Read more »

East Meets Southwest: Kale And Brussels Sprouts Salad With Cilantro Mint Vinaigrette

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Angeleno cooking seems to be all about mash-ups these days. It’s hard to turn a corner without seeing some sort of Korean taco or Filipino ube cupcake, upped with awesome local produce and Cali fusion flare. Exhibit A is an awesome little restaurant I discovered last week in Downtown L.A. called Badmaash. (The restaurant has been open for a… Read more »

Recipe: Real Deal, Sichuan-Style Kung Pao Chicken

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I just got back from my first trip to China with my brother/videographer Danny Simmons, and I can’t wait to share some videos from the cooking classes I took, along with the story on regional Chinese cooking I’m writing for Quest Magazine. While we put those how-to videos together, I thought I’d tide you over… Read more »

Exploring Australia’s Wild Side

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South and Western Australia are two of the country’s lesser trodden states, where isolation and nature afford not only stunning vistas and incredible sea life, but also some of the most bountiful food and wine the world has to offer. I went to check in on my favorite destination for Quest Magazine, it ended up being the… Read more »

The Best International Markets In L.A.

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One of the greatest parts about living in Los Angeles is that you really can feel like you’re traveling without having to step foot outside of our city limits. There are so many wonderful resources for international food here, including serious supermarkets and specialty stores. It wasn’t always so easy to find goods from around… Read more »