Not just greetings: “Have you eaten yet?”

Chinese culture is also eating culture. You might already know that Chinese greet each other by asking: “Have you eaten yet?” “What have you had?” But you probably don’t know that these are potentially larger questions – depends on how you answer them: “I’ve been eating too much.” means you’ve been minding other people’s business; “I’m […]


來美國多年,卻從未經歷過農牧博覽會。9月2日從紐約飛抵明尼蘇達,次晨6點起床,就為了趕上全美第二大的州際農牧博覽會。 清晨,我們在略帶涼意的陽光下踱入空蕩的廣場,沿街攤販、遊樂場尚未開市,工作人員捧著咖啡杯,睡眼惺忪。踩著牛仔的懶散步伐,我們走進古碩的馬場。這些馬都小有來頭-牠們若非來此參加競技,則為展示體型。我帶著神祕敬意望進他們聰慧的眼、和優雅而充滿力量的體態。輕拍牠們的臉頰、餵他們乾草。 這是博覽會的最後一天,所有畜牧人家都趕著自己的牲畜回家。牛場、羊圈和豬圈內充滿騷動。幾隻乳牛和豬兩天前才生了寶寶 — 我眼前目睹的,不是動物園的走馬看花,而是小型的牧場生態。 博覽會少不了小吃,從肉桂卷、烤豬排、炸雞、燒魚、玉米熱狗、甜甜圈,所有美國中部的道地口味都可用一支竹簽帶著吃,又香、又油、又夠味。 明尼蘇達的年度農牧博覽會從1859年開辦以來已有百年歷史,除了農牧業產銷品,還有藝術品、手工藝、食品、機械、以及近年加入的環保工程,分展於各個主題館或露天區。每年10天展期平均吸引近兩百萬人,他們來此學到自蓋屋的技巧和新的工具,家庭主婦找到自製手工被的布料,餐飲業者品嚐新的農牧食品,孩童們則在遊樂場驚笑一整天。 看著藝術家在冷凍玻璃屋裡用奶油塊雕出塑像,面前模特兒是明尼蘇達今年選出的牛奶公主(明尼蘇達有著傲人的奶製品工業),整個博覽會雖親近傳統和實用主義,卻充滿歡欣和幽默的態度。

Veal Cutlets w/ Lemon

Nonna Paola lives in Milano. She’s retired and occasionally cooks for fun for weddings. We met her in Brooklyn through her son, who’s a freelancer journalist for Italian media. He and his wife just had their first baby, so we got to thinking that meant all Paola’s cooking tricks were now officially italian grandmother cooking tricks. That’s when […]

Basil Tomato Sauce

• 5 anchovies • 1 cube of beef bouillon • 1 can of diced tomato • 2-3 cloves of garlics • some capers • some pitted olives • basils halve the garlic and remove its heart (green part), make it less heavy on stomach  LOTS of extra virgin oil in pan, add anchovies and garlic add diced tomato when the garlic is slightly golden, turn […]


Burgundy: Hospices de Beaune

In A Perfect Wine World

If there’s a dream list for wine lovers, working with one of the best wine collections in America would be one of them. Sommelier Ruben Ramiro is one of the lucky few: not only does he have the opportunity to taste

Now Is Time to Buy 2010 Bordeaux

“2010 was a very dry year, particular in the 3 months of summer, we only got 1/3 of regular rainfall. As a result, the berry is much smaller in size, with more focused acidity, sugar (alcohol), and higher skin-juice ratio. 2010 wine has great aging potential.” ~ Christian Moueix, Chateau Petrus

Lucy in Lyon – All About French Cooking

Lucy knows French cuisine. She grew up in New York, travelled the world, married a Frenchman and now lives in Lyon. She was involved in an extensive translation of the France Guides of Gilles Pudloski, researching and providing descriptive interpretation of restaurant menus from all over France, with more than 16,000 regional and classic French dishes researched […]

波爾多女強人Veronique Sanders

自從 Veronique 接管營運後,高柏麗葡萄酒的質量不斷穩健直上,並和奧比良酒庄 (Haut-Brion) 、史密斯拉菲酒庄 (Smith-Haut-Lafite) 同被羅伯·帕克譽為該產區的三大極品…

Bordeaux: w/ Veronique Sanders, Chateau Haut-Bailly

Bordeaux wines from Pessac-Leognon share a unique style, often possessing a kind of smoky earthiness that brings a fascinating dynamic to the fruit and oak. The result is a favorite style of mine. Established in 17th century, Chateau Haut-Bailly’s hundred-year-old vines of Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere embody the history of both the vineyard and the region. The sandy gravel […]

Zen and the Art of Buying Wine (not Diamonds)

OK. You have the vintage chart, respective to each wine region. You have the scores from reputable wine critics. And now you’re ready to pick a bottle, right?  A word of advice before you go: bring the maps, but talk to the locals and seek out the back roads. During a recent trip to Burgundy I tasted […]

A Chinese New Year in America

Mixed Palate Dinner Club recently hosted its first Chinese New Year celebration with Reggie Soang (wd-50), Lorenzo Gatteschi (podere ciona estate) and a number of friends. Here are some highlights as well as a “Laowai’s Guide” to Chinese New Year traditions. Stay tuned for recipes from Reggie. (Join our mailing list) YEAR OF THE SNAKE […]

photo diary – 30 days in france

October. We picked up a car in Paris and drove through all the towns that had been in our minds. We met many great friends, drank a lot… Here’s flashback from our trip. More interviews and stories to follow. DAY 1/ PARIS. dinner at Chateaubriand DAY 2/ PARIS. lovely long walk on St Germain DAY3/ PARIS. […]

Anthony Bourdain Interview

Ming: What is your exposure to the wine world? Bourdain: I spent a fair amount of time in France as a kid. I briefly studied wine in Culinary Institute. And of course I’ve worked with it for 28 years, and spent a lot of time drinking it. Ming: Is there any wine you’re loving now? Bourdain: As […]

專訪安東尼.伯頓 (Anthony Bourdain)