Coffee Culture in Ethiopia

I could certainly use some coffee right about now, it’s 2:23 a.m NYC time, 11:23 a.m SF time where I am sitting in the Singapore Airlines lounge (it’s pretty grim, but they have wi-fi and some delicious Mee Siam soup) waiting to fly to Bangkok.  I started my journey at 2:30 pm today when I left my house to fly American Airlines on their new transcontinental plane.  It was really surprisingly great.  Anyway, I digress when I finally got settled here and was checking my mail I saw this new installment from the Perennial Plate folks.  Coffee is my favorite drug of choice and I could easily down a few cups right now, which given I’m about to be on a plane for 12 hours to Hong Kong where we have quick 90 minute stop, get back onboard for another 3 hours and 40 minutes to Singapore have a 4 hour layover get onto another plane for 2 more hours then finally land in Bangkok.

I’m exhausted just writing that.  However, I’m also very excited to actually experience the much talked about Singapore Airline’s service, food and business class seat.

Lest you get the wrong idea, I got this ticket on miles.  You’ll have to excuse me if over the next few posts if I expose my inner travel nerd.

I look forward to taking a lot of pictures of food airplane and otherwise.  Mostly tho I am so excited to finally being be back in one of my all time favorite cities in the world: Bangkok.

That was just an epic digression.  The point I was trying to get to was: I’m desperate for a cup of coffee!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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