Summer Break? 3 Smorgasburg Eats Before They’re Gone

Happy Friday! I’ve been holding on to these words for a bit a little preoccupied but got word recently that this Saturday will be the last of Smorgasburg before they take what they’re calling a summer break for the rest of  August? Huh? Was also trying to decide what else to share about my trip…

Fiesta Panameña #PanamaMio

What’s to eat? As straightforward a question as it may be, it seems to be one of the most open-ended, and for me hard to answer. Can’t quite say why. Leads to further questions like “What are you in the mood for?”, “What do you like to eat?” “What do the locals eat?” and an…

Enough Japan Already!

I started to draft this post while standing on line to check in for my flight but am now sitting beside the road in a country where English comes second, right after Spanish. It feels like every time I get to check in with you lately, the talk is about Japan. I don’t know if…

My latest…

It’s late but stealing a few moments to fill you in, as I’ve promised to take you along for the journey as I figure it out. Life has been picking up lately, leaving me to play catch-up. Just so you know whats up ahead, or at least what’s in my head, here’s what I’ve been…

Just Peachy: Libre Parfait #SweetToothTokyo

Since we were on the topic of memories of Japan (and more accurately, because I need a reason to make sure this draft doesn’t go to waste- leaving the #SweetToothTokyo tour incomplete), heres to more Japan. It’s fitting that after my recent trip to the Peach State, we talk a bit about peaches. The Sweet…

Why’s Words and Ramen

Thanks for your incredible patience in sticking around and forgiving my failure to take you along for the ride as I figure things out. With the sakura season among us, I figured it a great time to to pick up sorta where we left off. My birthday came last month and so did my brother….

Airbnb Glazed Carrots #Kitchenlessness The #kitchenlessness is getting real…and old. I ended up in an Airbnb reservation on Thanksgiving but found a dinner to crash. And thought I’d bring a side. Mac’n’Cheese was missing from the menu but I had my qualms about shopping and producing on time in a kitchen that wasn’t my own….

In My “Kitchenlessness”: Reflections and Transition

I was catching up with some other friends and didn’t want you to be left out. Just a quick update of some random stuff. I’ve made it to the DC area, which I’ve referred to as my new inkwell. It’s in some ways refreshing to be back in America. And I am learning that there…

Check Please #HoneSweetHome

I love to quote my Belizean jam-roll-baking, coconut-tart-filling Auntie Donaldine when she says “Ting done! Pah-ty Ooova!” Advanced Culinary came to an end, with our graduation ceremony this past Friday. Chef Andre Ward, a Certified Pastry Chef and Certified Executive Chef and recently retired SFC (Army) with quite a resume was the guest speaker. Service…

Sweet Finish #HoneSweetHome

Whew, It’s over. We’re finished, at least with the stressful pieces. Today we completed the three course practical exam: five hours to prepare the the prescribed appetizer, entree, and dessert featuring an amalgamation of the of techniques exposed over the course of the past 3 1/2 weeks: knife cuts (yikes), wet and dry heat cooking,…

Advanced Culinary #HoneSweetHome

We’re at the halfway point! Since the last post, I’ve been practicing some culinary techniques and honing my skills, adding a few new ones to the arsenal. IF you’ve been following on Facebook @ChefTasteBud, you’ve seen the photos- what the U.S. military’s Joint Culinary Center of excellence has named its Advanced Culinary Skills Training Course. …

#FarewellJapan

Japan has been a great, trying, fulfilling time in my life. I give little credit to the places I’ve seen and the foods I’ve tasted though. I thank God for the people He’s introduced me to and the lessons I’ve learned and applied. Thank you my JapanFam for your love, help, support, inspiration and open…