Sweet, Sour & Spice…So Nice!

Summer is just around the corner. That means firing up the grill for a summer barbecue. If you are the designated “grill master” in your family or neighborhood, here’s an idea that may inspire you…consider an Indian barbecue.

Female Fingerprints: April ’22

All of us leave a remnant as we impact our own communities. It is that trace, that thread, which I look to uncover. There are always possibilities for discovery of my own hidden potential.

Learn to Love Aubergine Again

How’s your relationship with the aubergine (“eggplant”)? Each of us likely has had a love/hate relationship with the aubergine over time. But there is much more to this versatile vegetable…

Female Role Models
The Art of Nourishment

I recently had the pleasure to co-host another online session of Vegan-Vegetarian Kitchen, produced by Healing Our Earth. The experience could best be described as sharing the art of nourishment.

My 2021 in Review

Taking a quiet “walk” through the past year allows me to pinpoint where I’ve been clever or careless, confident or cautious. Self-reflection illuminates our strengths and weaknesses.

Christmas Reflections
Why I Give
Roma: Where the Stars Shine

On my recent excursion to Rome, I had the enviable pleasure to visit some of its best restaurants. I came away convinced that Italian cuisine is what really illuminates this amazing city. Roma is indeed where the stars shine, Michelin or not.

Thanksgiving (Part 2): Taming the Beast

When it comes to Thanksgiving it’s all about giving thanks. My natural instinct is to show gratitude through my food, so I continued my ritual of enhancing the Thanksgiving menu as the years progressed.

Thanksgiving (Part 1)

When it comes to holiday cooking, I am a chef who anticipates the challenge. Thanksgiving, in particular, is not only an occasion to come together around food, but it is an opportunity to make old traditions new.

Defining Diwali

With the myriad of holidays coming up, Diwali is one of the most festive. Anyone who has participated in Diwali celebrations will have their own definition of what it means to them. Defining Diwali is not a simple matter, as it is as diverse as the Indian culture.

Michelin Star in the Kitchen

It is a distinct pleasure to have eaten in many Michelin starred restaurants over the years. An even greater distinction is that I have probably been allowed entry into more Michelin starred kitchens than most normal dining guests.

Ama’s Mango Pickles

This is my adaptation of my grandmother’s mango pickle recipe. It was one of those formative moments which inspired me in writing my first book. Mango pickles are a magnificent accompaniment with Indian cuisines.

Crazy for Cappuccino

The cappuccino is an iconic drink and my favorite coffee whether morning, afternoon or evening. I am crazy for cappuccinos not only because it is a treat to the eyes, but it conjures up a unique sense of well-being. There is something about the clever combination of froth and espresso, brewed just right, that makes me go wild.

A Pani Puri Journey

It is a rare for common street food to be celebrated. But never underestimate the little guy. This is a story of how the little known and often under-appreciated pani puri went from ancestral recipe to a Michelin star menu. Hopefully, it will inspire you to reach back to some of your favorite foods and share them, like I did.

The Oyster is My World

My introduction to oysters was in Hong Kong on my 16th birthday. As a teenager you feel “the world is my oyster!” Little did I realize the oyster would become a huge part of my world.

More Than a Job: Hospitality is a Lifestyle

When you love what you do, then it should come as no surprise that your work eventually evolves into a way of living. Looking back on my 30-year career in the hospitality field, I now recognize that service was not a job as much as a way of living. Hospitality is my lifestyle!

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