Hits and misses at Le Fournil

I really liked my high school French classes because there was a strong emphasis on learning about Francophone culture, besides the standard vocabulary and grammar essential to any language study. We learned about life in French-speaking countries outside of France, popular songs, and movies. And of course we learned about food. I have a lot…

French perfection on the Oregon coast

Last weekend, I visited Oregon’s Cannon Beach, known for its giant sea stacks, including the looming Haystack rock. The beach is another one of the Pacific Northwest’s cold gray ones, not a stereotypical golden tropical getaway, but it’s teeming with animal life, from the birds soaring through the air around the sea stacks to the…

Good things come in small packages (especially when they’re xiaolongbao)

Washington State is on the American-Canadian border; Vancouver, British Columbia, can be reached in half a day for most residents. My parents used to regularly road trip up to Vancouver and I, not being a fan of road trips, Vancouver (it wasn’t different enough from Seattle), or Chinese food, always complained. Why is Chinese food…

Doing vegan right at Hank Burger

I’ve been valiantly¬†“trying” to eat healthier lately. Because I’m trying to not think about the gumbo, fried pickles, fried shrimp, fried oysters, hushpuppies, coleslaw, catfish, crackers and everything else I ate today, here’s a review pulled out of the past from that one time I had a vegan combo meal! Actually, it was 100% awesome….