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Happy (very belated) New Year to you out there! End of 2015 had me busier than usual, so I’m only just now posting this. Mea culpa! For an eater like me, I’ve been excited about what I’ll cook, eat, drink this year. I will say that I truly ate the dickens out of 2015. It will be…

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Smoke. Incense. Spices. Garbage. Diesel. The predominant smells of urban India assault my senses full force. It’s exotic. Disruptive. Foreign. Intoxicating. Northern India (Delhi and Rajistan, in particular) in March is phenomenal. It’s at the tail end of the cool, dry season, as the temperature just starts to rise again but monsoon season is still a couple of…

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Today, I’m launching my new business Spice & Ink. I’ve been shooting food and culinary lifestyle photos for 11+ years but didn’t have a brand or a real web site. It’s time to make this a business! I have a lot of people to thank! Logo/branding: Giannina Granata Silverman – http://www.rocketranchdesign.com Head shots: Erin Lodi – http://www.erinlodiphotography.com Web…

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I used to live along the Dumpling Belt of Europe. While spending years in Germany, I explored dumplings from all over the neighboring regions as well as the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and northern Italy. Some people (even experts) consider gnocchi a pasta since it hails from Italy. However, like the galuskas of Hungary, I…

Langdon Cook pulling out the root of a licorice fern for us to taste I’m biting down on a tiny piece of fern root which has an earthy yet exotic sweetness. I taste a hint of licorice and maybe some maple. I begin to chew it in earnest, and with that, it suddenly becomes very…

Once again, I’ve studied culinary trends closely this year. There have been a couple of surprises, and some other trends lingering over from last year. I am not a culinary expert by any stretch of the imagination, however I tend to spot trends through food photography gigs, cookbooks, local and international chefs and restaurants, food…

From my tiny perch in the Great Gastroverse, I’ve spent yet another year observing all manner of culinary prowess duke it out for dominance. While I possess no notable culinary expertise, I experience the gastronomical fluctuations as a food photographer, attending (and photographing) culinary events, collecting and reviewing cookbooks, editing culinary manuscripts, following chefs on social…

A friend of mine–the delightful Carrie Brown–posted on Facebook that she was invited to a private whisky tasting put on by AQUA by El Gaucho on the Seattle waterfront. But since she was not a whisky drinker, she felt the experience would be lost on her, and wanted to know if anyone wanted to go in…

Dreamy molten chocolate cakes. Boozy, frothy shakes. Big buttery cookies. Velvety sipping chocolate. These are just some of the offerings at Hot Cakes in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, owned by Autumn Martin (former pastry chef for Canlis, and former Head Chocolatier for Theo Chocolate). While still working for Theo, Autumn first started selling the molten chocolate cakes…