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WIRED - Monday, November 18, 2013

For Home Chefs on a Budget, Sous Vide Cooking Heats Up

New sous vide cookers known as immersion blenders are hitting the market at $200, shaking up the industry. Cooking low and slow in the home kitchen just got a lot more accessible.


The Wall Street Journal - Off Duty - Friday, October 18, 2013

The Best Pho in Vietnam

Hanoi or Saigon? Which city has the best pho in Vietnam?

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The New York Times - Travel - Sunday, December 2, 2012

Along the Trail of Korea’s Mountain Spirits

Trekking on the Baekdu-Daegan trail - Korea’s mountain spine. With a spork.

Story by Elisabeth Eaves, photos by Joe Ray.


The Boston Globe - Travel - Sunday, November 25, 2012

Making The Most of a Hong Kong Layover

While Anthony Bourdain might have a fleet of specialists to plan his visits for his television show “The Layover,” we had a guy named Nelf…


The Boston Globe - Travel - Sunday, November 4, 2012

Luang Prabang Lights Up The Senses

The monks and novices appear a block away under a streetlight, arranged by age and, roughly, by height. In the early light, their orange robes glow near-fluorescent. The only sound is the padding of their bare feet.


The Boston Globe - Travel - Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tequila, A Quintessential Mexican Town

...“My grandfather wasn’t exactly the ‘come sit on my knee’ type,” says tequila maker Guillermo Erickson Sauza, communicating a reverence for his ancestors’ work ethic in every word.

“We did about 7,000 cases last year. That’s about as small as you’re going to get,” he says. “We will never be a million-case brand,” he says, referring to the production capacity of some of his neighbors. “I’m not interested.”...


NUVO Magazine - Fall 2012

Chef On The Rise

A little more than a year into his tenure at The Willows Inn, chef Blaine Wetzel takes stock and moves forward.


The Daily - Sunday, July 29, 2012

Shrub It Off

A vinegary cocktail companion is making a comeback


The Boston Globe - Travel - July 22, 2012

On an island off British Columbia, fishing and remembering

On Langara Island, fathers and sons remember a friend


The Daily - Saturday, July 14, 2012

Fresh Direct

Canada’s Haida Gwaii offer some of the best fish in the world


The New York Times - Friday July 13, 2012 - Story by Elisabeth Eaves, Photos by Joe Ray

In Laos, The Lady and the Jars

On the Plain of Jars, one of Laos’ greatest mysteries remains unsolved


The Chicago Tribune - Food - Wednesday July 4, 2012

Craft Tequila: Small Producers Bring Value and Originality

Finding some of the best tequilas available might take extra work, but the rewards are great in flavor and price


The Chicago Tribune - Travel / Fork In The Road - Tuesday July 3, 2012

The Street-level Tasting of Tequila and Its Cousins

Meeting tequila and its cousins in Guadalajara


The Daily - Saturday, June 23, 2012

No Way José (Cuervo)

Business booms at boutique distilleries of the across-the-border specialty


The Daily - Saturday, June 9, 2012

Great Dane - Mads Refslund’s Acme Restaurant

Chef Mads Refslund, co-founder of Copenhagen’s top-rated Noma restaurant has found a new home at ACME in New York City


The Daily - Saturday, May 26, 2012

Good Morning, Viet-Nosh

Feast your eyes on the twin street-meat paradises that are Hanoi and Saigon


WIRED.COM - Thursday, May 3, 2012

Data On The Menu At Your Favorite Restaurant

Some of the nation’s top eateries are quietly embracing data mining to eke out profit in a tough economy.


The Daily - Saturday, April 28, 2012

Natural Selection - Matthew Lightner’s Atera

Foraging chef Matthew Lightner evolves his food philosophy at New York’s Atera


The Boston Globe - Sunday, April 15, 2012

Round by Round - Paris Cheesemongers Ply Their Trade For The Faithful

Paris’ cheesemongers ply their trade - and nurture their fine art - for a faithful that treasures its palate


The Daily - Arts & Life - Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dust Off The Bottle

Americans discovering that sherry isn’t just for Grandma anymore


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