Feeling Myanmar

Myanmar has been on my radar as a destination ever since seeing Tony Bourdain’s inaugural episode of Parts Unknown in 2013. He happened there at a unique moment when the country was slowly emerging from under the weight of military rule and opening up to the world. Bourdain was able to capture the place in … Continue reading Feeling Myanmar

Skiz’s Original Suppers Presents: Chettinad Cuisine of South India

“One is lucky to eat like a Chettiar” goes an old Tamil saying, and it certainly is no exaggeration. The Nattukotai Chettiars, or Nagarathers, as they call themselves, are a community of bankers and merchants from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu, India’s southernmost state. Through years of trade and travel, they not only amassed … Continue reading Skiz’s Original Suppers Presents: Chettinad Cuisine of South India

Just made a fresh batch of Skiz’s Original Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder

The most fragrant and complex curry powder blend you will ever encounter, featuring 13 different spices and ingredients, individually roasted and ground together, is back in stock. I make these by hand in small batches from a family recipe that is who knows how old. When the esteemed food magazine Saveur caught a whiff, they … Continue reading Just made a fresh batch of Skiz’s Original Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder

Skiz’s Original Sri Lankan Curry Powders Available Once Again

Back by popular demand, the only gourmet, small-batch, Sri Lankan curry powder on the market returns. I started off making this magic powder exclusively for friends and family. Then they convinced me I should market it. But juggling so many things, as I am known to do, I eventually grew tired of dealing with it. … Continue reading Skiz’s Original Sri Lankan Curry Powders Available Once Again

On The Road: Sarajevo, Bosnia

  Just back from a visit to Bosnia & Hercegovina, one of the former states that comprised Yugoslavia, and a place steeped in history. Not only did the first world war start here, triggered by the assassination of Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, but more recently Bosnia suffered the scourge of a horrible regional … Continue reading On The Road: Sarajevo, Bosnia

Pan Asian: Bonjon Borani (Braised Spicy Eggplant) — Afghanistan

I’m lucky to live in a town with a truly incredible Afghan restaurant,  The Helmand (which, incidentally, is owned by Afghan President Hamid Kharzi’s elder brother Qayum). It’s white tableclothes and attentive service conjure a high-end feel, but the food itself is simple, unassuming, delicious, and downright affordable. Since I’ve eaten here countless times, I … Continue reading Pan Asian: Bonjon Borani (Braised Spicy Eggplant) — Afghanistan

Ceylon Cinnamon Vs. Cassia: Part 2 (from The Wall Street Journal)

The following is another recent article about the benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon, that I found in the Wall Street Journal. Little Bit of Spice for Health, but Which One? While Ceylon Cinnamon Is Milder Than Grocery-Store Variety, There Are Few Studies on Its Benefits By LAURA JOHANNES Oct. 14, 2013 5:35 p.m. ET Ceylon cinnamon, … Continue reading Ceylon Cinnamon Vs. Cassia: Part 2 (from The Wall Street Journal)