Vegetarians of Washington Thai cooking class

Vegetarians of Washington is a nonprofit that promotes a vegetarian lifestyle in the Seattle Area. It’s largest event is the annual Vegfest, a huge gathering of vegetarian and vegan vendors showing and giving samples of their products, but the organization also hosts regular free cooking classes. I artended my first cooking class this Sunday, I…

Salty’s Beach House

Salty’s Beach House is a must-stop if you’re hanging out in the beach town of Penticton, British Columbia. It’s home to this ahi and avocado salad ($18.50 CAD). This work of art consists of seared ahi tuna layered with avocado, nestled on a citrus and sesame salad with snap peas and pickled watermelon radish, finished…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: another puppy and wontons

After meeting Xiao Hui (Little Gray), we walked around Zhujiajiao Water Town taking in the scenic views of the water and traditional architecture. While slowly walking down one street, I suddenly stopped. I had seen something beautiful. Meet Xiao Bai (Little White)! Of course we had to go in and eat lunch at the restaurant…

Nice Meeting You

Nice Meeting You is national Chinese chain that serves western and Chinese food, but not fusion. It’s a good choice for groups where everyone has different tastes. These are some dishes from the multiple times I ate there. I didn’t expect to eat the best rice I’ve ever had at Nice Meeting You. In China,…

Saigon Aniseed

The aniseed pickles were the best part of my meal at Saigon Aniseed. Cool, crisp, and sweet, they were a perfect refresher between mouthfuls of beef meatball soup, mushroom curry, and steamed rice. The vegetable base of the pickles was cabbage with slivers of carrot. The pickling liquid was smoother than the sharper sweet Japanese…

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya

CoCo Ichibanya serves Japanese-style curry, which is much less interesting than authentic Indian curry because of the lack of variety. Japanese curry is basically rice under a slightly-goopy brown sauce that’s smooth with nothing to break up the texture, plus a fried breaded pork cutlet. Variations include covering the rice with a very thing omelette,…

The best katsudon in Paris

Katsudon is one of those iconic dishes of modern Japanese cuisine up there with takoyaki, curry rice, beef bowls and okonomiyaki. These are all comforting dishes and a good katsudon needs to be comforting as well. The term “katsudon” is a mashup of tonkatsu (breaded and fried pork cutlet) and donburi (a dish consisting of…