The RV Chronicles — Coconut Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos

Some time between 2000 and 2002, I was eating at La Mansion del Prado, a restaurant in the now off-limits Mexican border town of Reynosa and ordered — out of habit — the tres leches cake. I’d previously had multiple versions of it. Always delicious, but hardly a dessert worth the history books. Until then. […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Thai Grilled Chicken

Imagine this scenario: You pull into your driveway after a long day at work; you exit your car and the first thing that hits you is the aroma of whatever is cooking on the neighbor’s grill.  Oh, you’ve planned your menu and have insisted on sticking to it. But your Aunt Martha’s famous tuna casserole […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Shrimp: The real chicken of the sea

‘You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.’ – Bubba Blue (Mykelti Williamson), […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Fried Calamari bathed in Thai Sweet & Hot Dipping Sauce

I told you about two years ago about the tenderizing power of milk.  Just in case you’re late to the party, here’s the bottom line: the enzymes break down muscle tissue, and that makes for more tender meat. It works with chicken, warm-blooded animals like bovine and swine — seafood. Now, before you go soaking […]

The Unorthodox Epicure (Recipe): Thai-style Squid Stir Fry

It’s safe to say that we’re all consistency eaters. We have the stuff that we love; the stuff we can handle, if necessary; and the stuff that turns stomachs in all different directions. Unfortunately, a lot of people are missing out on some really great foods for the simple reason that their first experience was […]

Confession No. 58 — Confidential to my parents: Your curse is in full swing … and then some

It’s happened. Again. For the fourth time. That curse placed upon me that I would have children much like myself? It’s alive and well. My parents had to hear about such incidents as the time(s) I was chastised at daycare for using profanity. The director, after once hearing me call someone a ‘shit damn,’ called […]

Confession No. 35 – Want peace of mind? Lay it on thick at the drive-thru.

The fast food drive-thru window seems to be an anomaly when it comes to civility. Anyone who has ever stopped the car at a speaker/menu, handed a wad of bills through a sliding window and was handed a sack or two of food has experienced the lack of decorum. And I’m not only referring to […]

Confession No. 12 — I have effluvious memories of every game I’ve attended.

Every spectator sports crowd has at least one among them — the concession stand special-orderer … the person who will eat only during a particular quarter or inning … the guy who refuses to use a cup holder if it’s installed on the back of the seat in front of him. The inconvenient oddball. Someone like […]

Confession No. 3 – Food feedback can be risky business

I see feedback as a gift, and I give it regularly. If companies I’ve patronized over the years keep records in their customer service offices, there are hundreds of “Holland, Adam J.” file folders spread about the Western hemisphere. Although many of my files are flagged with the red ‘crazy high maintenance’ tab, I should […]