If you've ever walked into your local Asian grocer and gasped for air, just wait until you get up close to a durian. Also known as "stink fruit," this exotic import can have an odor so offensive it's actually banned from most public places in Southeast-Asia, including hospitals, buses, trains and ho ... More >>
In today's food centric culture, eating obscure ingredients and dishes is almost like racking up Boy Scout merit badges. It's how those of us with unholy food obsessions keep score.
Siam Rice Thai and Tapas in Hollywood had flickers of the authenticity many gastronauts seek, like strips of Thai bas ... More >>
Come Tuesday morning, you won't just be going back to work. Chances are, you'll be going back to work with a killer hangover. Since the usual options like hair of the dog, Bloody Mary's, and another shot of tequila aren't going to be something you can partake on during the commute to the office ... More >>
This week's restaurant review is about Pho Vi, a Vietnamese restaurant that opened in March in downtown Hollywood.
In the past few years, Vietnamese cuisine has exploded on the contemporary food scene, thanks in large part to a filling and fun-to-eat dish called pho -- beef broth and noodle soup th ... More >>
"How did you find out about us?" asked owner Khoa Nguyen of his shop that opened last month. He's from southern Vietnam.We learned about it from a flyer at a nail salon of all places, I told him. My friend Megan had been craving soup, despite that temperatures here have hovered in the 80's. In two w ... More >>
When I was in New York a couple weeks ago, Robert Sietsema took me to Zabb Elee, a Thai restaurant in the East Village. The slip on the basement level offers Thai-hot dishes from the Isaan region of Thailand, near Laos. Decked in white, the restaurant's decor is apparently a Northern Thai ... More >>
Balut is the unofficial national dish of the Phillipines, and it's
disgusting. I know this because I've eaten it. Granted, my balut might
have been indifferently cooked -- the Japanese chef who made it remarked that he'd "never eat that thing in a billion years" -- but
balut's an easy dish, al ... More >>
KabukiKabuki has two happy hours fit for a samurai.What does the new kid on the block have to do to make friends? How about offering not one, but two happy hours?Kabuki, the recently opened sushi and tapas restaurant on Clematis Street, is offering a happy hour deal worth checking into.
Paul HiltonThe other night while having Chinese at Silver Pond with a friend, we debated about ordering the shark fin soup. "If you were in the ocean, the shark wouldn't think twice about eating you," my friend rationalized. He was hell bent on ordering a bowl. His response didn't move me. Is sha ... More >>
Cooking is hard, or so I was brought up to believe. I wasn't told this but rather deduced it from two facts: My family was full of people who'd spent decades cooking for one another, and almost none of them seemed to be very good at it. So what was the point? If a lifetime spent grimly oozing swe ... More >>
Photo by Jatinder ChannaSituated steps away from the sand,
SAIA at the B Ocean Hotel is the sophisticated sushi spot you've
probably never been to. Opened less than a year ago, it's taken some time to
convince Fort Lauderdale's socialites that the old Holiday Inn building has been redesigned w ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared part one of our interview with Coco Asia's owner and chef, Mike Ponluang. If you missed it, you can read it here. We continue with part two of our interview.
Clean Plate Charlie: You're from Thailand, but your cuisine has other Asian influences, as well. Tell us about y ... More >>
Mike Ponluang, owner and executive chef of Coco Asian Bistro & Bar, has traveled the world, learning and teaching elegant Thai food preparation.
He attended Siam Business School and worked as a cook at the Chaopraya Hotel, the open mess for United States Army officers stationed there dur ... More >>
South Florida abounds with tropical fruit, crazy, exotic fruit many American citizens have never seen (or smelled). You've no doubt encountered guava, carambola, dragonfruit and guanabana -- all yummy fruits, to be sure.But a recent report from Southeast Asia generated some worry: what if weird, ... More >>
in January, we asked you to vote on your favorite local bands, bars,
restaurants, and everything in between for our Readers' Poll. And you
sure voted -- we logged 2,351 of them. The full results will
be printed in our Best of Broward-Palm Beach edition July 17. Below is
a preview of the food ... More >>
You could theoretically travel around the world for twelve months attending gay pride festivals, from Melbourne in January to Manila in December. Blackman: Getting wet at tomorrow's PridefestThe big US celebrations, in New York and San Fransisco, are scheduled to coincide with the historic Stone ... More >>