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Instant Noodles: Paldo Hot & Spicy Yukejang Noodles

Today for lunch I tried something different. Oh, I’m still working through my new collection of instant noodles! I had never, ever tried Korean instant noodles before, though. One of the bowls I grabbed on my recent run through the MT Supermarket was Paldo’s Hot & Spicy Noodle, Yukejang style.

Yukejang has many alternative spellings: […]

Visiting Tropical China: Paradise is Where You Find It

Today I got an early start, preparing for the first supplier site visit of the trip. I met Stan at 0700 for breakfast and strategy. The breakfast buffet was outstanding; the strategic planning, not so much. Oh, we covered a nice variety of topics. Since this is a totally new effort, though, we’re not […]

Nepalese Hot Sauce

World geography was one of the fun subjects in grade school, learning about other places and countries. I fancy I did quite well in that class, and the neat things I learned there drove my interest in travel and world cultures (not to mention food).

Ask somebody to point out Nepal on a globe, however, […]

Sunday Sleep-In

Worked around the clock to make a deadline. Drank too much coffee, until it didn’t help anymore. How do I know?

I put Sriracha in my last cup instead of cream. Sleep-drinking. (In case you’re wondering, the port of Sriracha is just southeast of Bangkok on the coast.)

I can tell you with the utmost assurance, puréed […]

F4F: Zesty Shrimp for a Party

Here in Texas, we like our shrimp. Large, fresh shrimp are available most of the year, and some of the best can be found during the Holidays party season.

Because I know you have a Big Party tomorrow, and you just don’t know quite what to fix (or take, if it’s a bring-in-a-dish event at a […]

The Gourmet Chile Pepper and Salsa Festival: Heat, Eats and Margarit-Ahs

After the trek and detours mentioned in my previous post, we finally arrived at the Festival. I knew this wouldn’t be a big event (like maybe ZestFest ’08), so I wasn’t worred about getting there early and leaving late; we reversed that, actually. With the beauteous & clever Paula Jo out on point (so I […]

Traveling to The Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas

I attended the Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival on Saturday, at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. This is a small, mostly-vendor gathering, and it was hot! I mean the weather; it was 106 degrees F at two in the afternoon, with intense sun and no clouds.

Oh, the food, you ask? Lots of samples; more […]

Happy "Birthday: Chile Underground: A visit to Matt's Famous El Rancho

Everybody’s having birthdays these days. It’s so fashionable that I hear some folks celebrate one every year! Imagine that.

Matt’s Famous El Rancho just celebrated 56 years of serving great Mexican food here in Austin, for instance. I had lunch there today to help them celebrate. Well, okay; not to help them celebrate, exactly. I was […]