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 »

The Traveler’s Dishlist: 5 Things You MUST Eat In Barbados

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You might know I’m the Food Editor at LAist, but did you know that our parent site just launched Gothamist Getaways? I’m contributing all sorts of culinary travel stories to the site, including my new column called The Traveler’s Dishlist. In all my globetrotting, I found that there was a real lack of one definitive… Read more »

Traveling to Todos Santos for New York Magazine

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Guess what ya’ll?!? My first travel feature for New York Magazine just got published! The piece was a detailed  5-Point Weekend Escape Plan to Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, a lazy little surf town with a whole lot of style. The region’s unique cuisine, stunning wildlife, groovy accommodations, and pristine coastline totally blew me away…. Read more »

Mastering the art of the juice cleanse

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So I just finished a 3-day juice cleanse. Yup, that’s right. Me. No food. Seventy-two hours. I can read your mind as you’re looking at the screen, thinking to yourself, “There’s no way I could ever do that. I need to eat.” Guys, I work as a food and travel writer. I am not one to skip… Read more »

Chicago, the out takes

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A few weeks back my story on Chicago’s flourishing cocktail scene was published in the Los Angeles Times Travel section. The piece was so well-received that it was the in the top 3 most emailed stories on the entire LA Times website! Apparently the readers found the Second City as inspiring as I did, which… Read more »

Recipe: Coconut rice pudding

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There are times when I think I’d do quite well on Top Chef, simply for the fact that I’m a G when it comes to turning a seemingly empty pantry into treasure trove of edible goodness. Friday night was one of those moments. My sweet tooth was itching, bad. So I whipped up some Southeast… Read more »