Grapefruit

Grapefruit

  Whenever I eat citrus fruit, I feel like I’m eating part of the sun. Today we take access to oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes and other citrus for granted. California’s oranges weren’t widely available until the mid-late 1800s when the...
Grating Coconut for Sticky Rice Dessert

Grating Coconut for Sticky Rice Dessert

It’s been years since I used a Thai “rabbit” grater. I brought mine out storage to grate fresh coconut for a sticky rice dessert that I prepared for a four-course Thai meal at Julian in March. The grater is referred to as “rabbit” because...
KC Ale Trail at Kansas City Bier Company

KC Ale Trail at Kansas City Bier Company

  During American Craft Beer Week, I discussed KC Ale Trail with a small group at Kansas City Bier Company. Each person received a signed copy of the book. James Stutsman, marketing manager for the brewery, also gave a tour, poured bier samples and answered...
Soju and Seafood at ChoSun Korean Barbecue

Soju and Seafood at ChoSun Korean Barbecue

The best way to learn about Korean food, drinks and culture is firsthand experience in Korea. However, meeting new Korean acquaintances at ChoSun Korean Barbecue is a more practical and fun alternative to an expensive, hours-long overseas plane flight. I met Christy...
A Taste of Hopfest Craft Beer Festival 2015

A Taste of Hopfest Craft Beer Festival 2015

My first Hopfest experience was an enjoyable two-hour tour of great craft beer from across the country. Held on Saturday, May 16, in a parking lot near The Well, the festival gathered 250-plus craft beers on tap from more than 50 breweries. Earlier in the day, I...
Dinner Lab Debuts in Kansas City

Dinner Lab Debuts in Kansas City

Dinner Lab made its debut on Friday, May 8, in Kansas City at the Weinberger Fine Art (formerly Black Bamboo). What is Dinner Lab? This social dining pop-up event takes place in approximately 30 markets across the U.S., now including Kansas City. Members and guests of...
Space Nerd Cocktails: May the Fourth be With You

Space Nerd Cocktails: May the Fourth be With You

Bartenders and Star Wars fans Arturo Vera-Felicie (above), Evan McConnell and Zac Snyder recently celebrated May 4, Star Wars Day, with a May the Fourth Be With You event at Screenland Crossroads/Tapcade. They made space nerd cocktails, hosted Star Wars trivia and...
Ham, Brie and Corn Chowder

Ham, Brie and Corn Chowder

Weather conditions can prompt cravings for specific foods just as much as a change in season drives preferences for ingredients. Recent rainy days inspired a craving for chowder. I rummaged in the refrigerator, grabbed a handful of ingredients and made this ham, Brie...
An Illustrated Field Guide to Modern-Day Foodies

An Illustrated Field Guide to Modern-Day Foodies

First We Feast posted a hilarious piece about modern-day foodies, written by Chris Schonberger, Justin Bolois and Foster Kamer. Illustrations by Louie Chin. Foodie is a term that I’ve always winced at whether it is applied to me or self-appointed by a casual or...
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