Luang Prabang Laos

IMG_5561 IMG_5629In a very spur of the moment gesture I got on a plane yesterday and came to one of my favorite places on the planet: Luang Prabang, Laos.  And I am so glad I did.  It is many things, a telecommunications center is not one of them, so wifi is dodgy, ergo my taking 2 days to get this post up.  Here are some pictures of this time warp paradise: IMG_5545And you thought French colonialism was over?  French influenced food can be found all over town, but no one does it better than the owners of L’Elephant, who have several venues in town one of my favorites is their Cafe Ban Vat Sene where I enjoyed a lovely lunch.IMG_5551IMG_5546IMG_5548IMG_5587The Nam Khan, or slow river, which flows on one side of town the Mekong flows down the other.IMG_5663The main course of my lunch at the Amantaka.  The most expensive hotel in town and well worth a visit if only for their $35, three course lunch.IMG_5630IMG_5669IMG_5563

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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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