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A blog formerly focused on Thai snacks with occasional witty commentary. Now in America and just as.. witty as ever.

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  • Nick's Crispy Tacos. Don't Bike There.
    on May 27, 2013 in San Francisco tacos
    NIck's Crispy Tacos is a well established taco institution in San Francisco. And for the longest time I couldn't really take them seriously. C'mon: it resides inside of a club. And with a name like Nick's, I just assumed some sort of abomination by s...
  • Pizza-a-DayHow was your January this year? Mine was busy. I ate a lot of pizza. Pizza. It has long been a daunting task for me. So daunting that I simply didn't approach it. I let others take the lead. And usually that was good enough. You see, I am more or...
  • Yamo
    on Sep 21, 2012 in San Francisco noodles
    Today I want to talk about Yamo, one of my very favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Yamo is a long standing Burmese joint in San Francisco's mission. It's not a secret by any means and it's always got a line. And Sometimes that wait is intolerab...
  • One Last Cup
    on Sep 13, 2012 in drinks mexico
    This afternoon I finally broke down and cooked up the very last of my Oaxacan chocolate. I was hoping to save it for some special occasion but then realized that no occasion would ever present itself and to continue hoarding this treasure would conti...
  • A Word On Freshness: Tortillas and Quesadillas
    on Jul 10, 2012 in mexican food mexico
    A conversation over dinner some nights ago hit upon the age old question of how food can taste so good in certain parts of the world. Countless meals eaten in the most random places can be so revelatory. The topic was Italy, a country for which I hav...
  • Empress of China
    on Jul 2, 2012 in San Francisco alcohol
    Without being too negative and droning on about cheap plastic junk shops and appalling food, let me simply recommend that you avoid San Francisco's Chinatown. I might enjoy the occasional walk through, but it is no means worth your time if in town fo...
  • Ode to Tacos and a Taco Stand
    on May 16, 2012 in mexican food tacos mexico
    It was almost a year ago that I left for Oaxaca Mexico for the summer and yet many of the meals, snacks, sights, and sounds are still very much on my mind. Today's rumination is about tacos, but more specifically only one taco stand in the town of Te...
  • LA Rants; Food
    on Feb 8, 2012 in tacos taco trucks Los Angeles
    I'm guilty of the rather banal sin of speaking ill of the city of Los Angeles. I mean, with such a huge and slow moving target reeking of all that is wrong with America's relationship with the automobile and the type of development it has encouraged...
  • The Small Matter of my Hands. And Bicycles.
    on Nov 18, 2011 in not food bikes
    A couple Sundays ago, for the first time in almost exactly two months I shakily hopped back onto a bicycle. After a quick ride up and down my street in the Lower Haight in the city of San Francisco, I realized I was good to go and rode across town fr...
  • Queso Fresco
    on Sep 27, 2011 in mexico
    At the house I stayed at in Teotitlan del Valle, one of the women made queso fresco, or fresh cheese daily. I imagine it is a tough and unglamorous life. Around the time I got up each morning to prepare for another day of linguistic analysis, she was...
  • Sopa de Menudo
    on Sep 9, 2011 in mexico soup
    I've been letting things slide as of late but my mind is still on Mexico. Don't leave me. As I briefly mentioned in my previous post, the central market in Oaxaca City is a rather touristy affair. It's certainly worth a visit but it can be a bit str...
  • Enmoladas
    on Aug 15, 2011 in mole mexico
    Before I move away from the greatness of mole negro (see here and here), I thought it important to make one more pertinent post, however short it may be. In Oaxaca City, at the rather touristy and touty 20 de Noviembre market, I encountered some rat...
  • Tamales de Mole Negro
    on Aug 12, 2011 in mexico
    When my Zapotec consultant demonstrated the making of mole for us, it wasn't purely four our benefit. This mole would actually constitute the filling of her tamales that she sells for a yearly festival in Teotitlan del Valle. I was too busy with work...
  • Making Mole Negro
    on Jul 26, 2011 in mexico
    For my first few weeks in Mexico I was working on a language preservation project in Teotitlan del Valle in the state of Oaxaca. My group was primarily involved with collecting texts from Zapotec speakers. When I got my assignment I just about died w...
  • La Fiesta de San Juan Bautista
    on Jul 14, 2011 in tacos mexico
    I don’t want to start this post with some trite anecdote about Mexicans being festive people. Such declarations reduce a diverse people to base cultural stereotypes. However, I have certainly been involved in a fair few great celebrations as of lat...
  • Juice Stand
    on Jul 13, 2011 in juice mexico
    For the last few weeks I've been eating and drinking my way through Oaxacan cuisine. In Teotitlan del Valle I had food and drink for which Oaxaca is famous for. But I still can't bring myself to write about it as all I can think about is beverages. I...
  • Chocolate Stand
    on Jun 28, 2011 in drinks mexico
    If there is one thing I know, it is that the mundane experiences of life are the ones I hold onto and cherish. These days, before heading to my breakfast, I try and swing by my favorite chocolate and coffee stand to grab a fresh foamy cup of choco...
  • The First Meal
    on Jun 17, 2011 in mexico
    I had grand plans to waltz off the plane and head to a bustling market in the heart of Oaxaca City. Hell, I even had a menu marginally planned out. It didn't work out that way. A missed connection, and general airline ineptitude stranded me in Mexico...
  • On the Way
    on Jun 16, 2011 in mexico
    Morelia, Mexico. Late 2005. It's been hard to get the blog moving as of late. I've been preoccupied with some things. In a few hours I'm leaving on a red eye flight for Mexico. I'm doing some grad work down in Oaxaca for the next several weeks. Mor...
  • In the Kitchen
    on Jun 10, 2011 in cooking
    Once a dry spell begins, it's kind of difficult to start publishing posts again. I feel like there's a lot I want to say, give some interesting advice, and or provide interesting content. Yesterday's breakfast put to rest such thoughts. I woke up wit...
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