The palm tree honey of southern Myanmar

The palm tree honey of southern Myanmar

Few things excite me as much as really good ingredients. That’s where everything begins, after all: I feel that familiar buildup of adrenaline coursing through my body every time I discover a new big ingredient. The emotions conjured up by a sip of special wine awakens a joyfulness in me that brings me to life. This past Sunday I had a very similar emotional experience, but this time it wasn't wine; it honey. Specifically, a local raw honey a small roadside village in the deep south jungles of Myanmar. 

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Pomelo Salad with Mango

Pomelo Salad with Mango

Ah, pomelo - the very first thing that I tasted when I arrived in Myanmar. After I landed in Yangon, Tyler picked me up and took us to our apartment located in the suburbs of Yangon. When we arrived, the apartment was completely empty with almost no furniture, except there was a large, green fruit on the countertop.

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Natural Sake with Masaru Terada

Natural Sake with Masaru Terada

During brewing season, sake brewers in Japan are notoriously exclusive to whom they open their doors. Unlike the winemakers and distillers, sake brewers tend to focus exclusively on production during the brewing season, and politely reject or even outright ignore requests to visit. A few weeks before coming to Japan, I sent off a flurry of emails to sake producers as a Hail Mary. What harm could it do?

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Mung Bean Salad with Beets

Mung Bean Salad with Beets

The inspiration for this recipe came to me on a hot, sunny Myanmar day, where a craving for chickpeas grabbed hold of me. Chickpeas are a staple in my pantry back home in Tennessee – I use them all the time. I knew that living in Myanmar might make some of my favorite ingredients scarcer, but I definitely didn't think that chickpeas would be one of them. I found a can of the little legumes in one of my friend’s pantries here early on, so I assumed they wouldn’t be too hard to find.

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Wander Guide: A Weekend of Culinary Discoveries on Izu-Oshima Island, Japan

Wander Guide: A Weekend of Culinary Discoveries on Izu-Oshima Island, Japan

My husband Tyler and I have been dreaming a trip to Japan for quite some time, but never in our wildest dreams could we have planned the way that our journey developed. Our entire trip across Japan was an amazing adventure, but our most exciting highlights and culinary discoveries took place on our 4-day trip to the rugged volcanic island of Izu Oshima.

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