“What the hell is fish sauce…and why does it taste like death?” – Monti Carlo, Masterchef Season 3 I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of Thai food. It’s tangy, sweet, funky, coconutty, savory, spicy…all kinds of good things wrapped up into one. One day I decided I should learn how to make Thai food rather than relying on take out from my local place. I started investigating different recipes and ingredients and then called my brother one day while perusing the Thai ingredients in the grocery store. “Hey Matt, what is fish sauce?” Now, what I’m about to do is for your own good, because what my brother told me can’t be forgotten. I’m not going
It all started with the desire to write a letter. Unable to find nice stationary at my house without the words “Thank You” emblazoned across the front, I voyaged over to the Paper Source store in the Virginia Highlands. As I discovered there, while note cards are plentiful these days, actual stationary is not. At least Crane & Co still has a few choices out there, which, while not super exciting, are classic and in good taste. So I acquired my stationary and, noticing that it was quite a lovely evening, decided to take a walk around the area and check out some of the other shops. As it turns out, there’s an Italian Deli almost right next door
Ah Thanksgiving. Family drama aside, the only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving leftovers. Seriously, I live for day after turkey sandwich, topped with cranberry sauce and gravy and, if you’re lucky, some awesome stuffing. So good. However, turkey sandwiches are not exempt from the law of diminishing returns and, eventually, you might get sandwiched out. But don’t worry, that just means you get to think of new and fun things to do with your leftover turkey! Last year I made turkey pot pies, but this year I decided to go for a tetrazzini. Less messing around with dough, more immediate gratification.