These are the dishes that represent a place on a plate, they're those classics you just gotta try from Lebanese Lemonade to Portuguese Pineapple Cake, and, of course, our easy, healthy version of those recipes.
Biryani deserves some props. It’s an aromatic rice pilaf (aka rice cooked into liquid) that hails from the Indian city of Nawabs, Hyderabad and it's one of the oldest of old-school rice dishes. Though biryanis origins aren’t totally clear, some claim it was first prepared in a royal kitchen durin...
The ultimate souvenirrecipe, this recipe is a nod to a restaurant that's not around any longer. When I first graduated from college, I moved back to my hometown of Los Angeles and into an apartment with my older sister. We'd frequent this hole-in-a-wall BYOB tapas place that channeled Spain almost as well as Vicky Christina Barcelona.
If I lived in Barcelona, becoming a regular at Entrepanes Diaz would be a life goal. Every detail at this 50s-style bar is thoughtfully executed as is their food. It's all about bocadillos (Spanish sandwiches) and I've recreated my favorite!
When it comes to Austrian sweets, you probably think of strudel-wrapped pastries, marzipan confections, or the iconic Sachertorte. But when I moved to Vienna, these weren’t exactly the treats I craved. To ease my transition into my new life abroad, and to counteract the incredibly chilly and gray weather, I wanted something warm, unfussy, and most of all, über-comforting. It turns out that Kaiserschmarren—essentially a fluffy, shredded pancake—was just the ticket.
It's almost New Year's Eve, which preceeds my favorite brunching day of the year, New Years Day. For the occasion, I wanted to make something breakfast and brunch appropriate and immediately thought of this Cocoa-Cinnamon Churro French Toast (aka Rabanada). Okay, it's actually a dish that Brazili...
On my last trip to the Caribbean, I knew I'd be all about Saint Martin. From the minute we left, I was counting down the days with anticipation. I mean, it's half Dutch, half French, which means you can have Heinekens and eclairs with the Caribbean at your feet. I was smitten with the pastries, which is what inspired these Mango Eclairs.
When I was traveling in Japan I had some amazing eats—gooey takoyaki, grilled skewers, bowls of ramen. But, after a while, I wanted a good clean meal—enter the chirashi bowl. This is a recipe for a classic Chirashi bowl with brown rice to make it even healthier.
Look, tortilla soup is like chicken soup in that there are as many versions as there are abuelitas. What I know is that I love mine blended rather than soupy -- even if it makes some of my traditionalist friends crinkle their nose in disapproval -- and I like to mix it up, garnishing with avocado, radishes, scallions, and, of course, lots and lots of crisp tortilla strips.
I haven't given Martinis much love around here because I kind of assume we've all been there done that. But, when our friends at Juliska offered up their gorgeous Martini set for a holiday giveaway (details below), it got us rethinking this classic cocktail. Here is a very slight twist on the classic, a Citrus Vodka Martini with a twist.
On a taco-eating trip to Baja California, I became completely obsesed with the tostadas at La Guerrerense. And every tostada was even better when topped with their salsa; it's a toasted garlic and peanut salsa that was hot, smoky, crunchy — pretty much it was instant love. Since then, I reverse engineered that salsa and put it on everything from grilled chicken to seafood and, most recently, these squash tacos.