Homesick for Mama’s Cooking: Filipino Garlic Rice

Like other Filipino boys growing up, my brothers and I would wake up on Saturday mornings to the sound of spitting oil and the hiss of garlic, a pungent cloud of hot allium filling the house. It was instinctual: Mom was thirty seconds from adding the last night’s rice to the pan. A minute orContinue reading “Homesick for Mama’s Cooking: Filipino Garlic Rice”

Feeding My Obsessions: New York’s Best Bookstores

It’s the last weekend of Christmas shopping and I’ve basically checked out of consumer culture. Don’t expect much from me this holiday season, unless of course, it’s wine. Or books. From, y’know, the bookstore, not that Internet-commerce hydra, Amazon. Because, try as you might to deny it, bookstores are cool, bro. Cliche, I know, loving bookstores, but!Continue reading “Feeding My Obsessions: New York’s Best Bookstores”

Brooklyn Victory Garden: All of the Cheese, Please

A few weeks ago, on one of those fall Sundays that slap you in the face with fire-y leaves and clear skies, Ian took me on an adventure through the Upper West Side. Stately brownstones and single-family homes lined the shaded, narrow streets, while the sun peeked through the canopy of trees and cast an emerald-filtered shadow overContinue reading “Brooklyn Victory Garden: All of the Cheese, Please”

For Public Consumption: End of Day Links

Back in high school, I was one of those earnest little newspaper kids, working with a ragtag crew of other writer-types for the Brea Olinda High School Wildcat. When I wasn’t playing Starcraft with the other dudes in the production room, I was studying for my AP classes, catching up on late assignments or workingContinue reading “For Public Consumption: End of Day Links”

Party of the Summer: The Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party

It’s not quite summertime in New York until you dapper up, don an ascot and take the ferry to Governors Island for a day of big brass band shimmying. For hundreds of New Yorkers this last weekend, they did just that. Held twice a year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party transforms a sun-dappled lawn intoContinue reading “Party of the Summer: The Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party”

Brunching in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

I’m one of those unlucky souls with only one day off a week. When not in Westchester, commuting, writing or bartending, I don’t usually have the luxury of taking time for myself to, ya know, do stuff. This isn’t to say I find it impossible, just exceedingly difficult. Surprisingly, between an upcoming work conference andContinue reading “Brunching in Fort Greene, Brooklyn”

How to be a Ninja | Knife Classes at Brooklyn Kitchen

Being a big home cook, I’ve learned the heard way that the first cut is the deepest. The combination of a dull blade and clumsy fingers is a recipe for disaster, I’ll tell you what. Earlier this year, Ian and I wanted to up our knife game in the kitchen. After gifting him with aContinue reading “How to be a Ninja | Knife Classes at Brooklyn Kitchen”

New Toys + Sunday Adventures

Last week, I joined the ranks of so-called “prosumers” and got my hands on a sweet new toy: a Lumix GF6 Micro 4/3s camera. While I’ve wanted to go the DSLR route, I don’t have the capital or the desire to lug a beast of a camera around me when all I’ll end up doingContinue reading “New Toys + Sunday Adventures”