Working in restaurant kitchens, even executive chefs have to follow the “rules” of the industry. But cooking is an art that shouldn’t be restrained. That’s why Ronny Miranda came to Feastly – to share his personal experiments with passionate eaters who appreciate the story behind each and every dish.
With 20 years under his apron, Geoffrey Reed owes much of his culinary awareness to the ocean and mountains that surrounded him as a native of McKinleyville, California.
By day, Vijitha Shyam is a molecular biologist working on clinical trials to improve public wellness and health. Come evening, she transforms into a passionate home chef, spending hours cooking, writing and photographing recipes new and old for her blog Spices and Aroma.
Tomato sauce is fine and good most of the time. But, some days, you pine for pig on your pasta. Spaghetti alla carbonara is sure to sate your suine-filled cravings. Pan-crisped pancetta and aged pecorino adorn this pasta.
In Florence, an Italian university student showed me one of Italy’s easiest recipes: aglio, olio e peperoncino. Garlic (aglio) and chili (peperoncino) get sauteed until fragrant in rich olive oil (olio).
At the intersection of its many flavor-rich borders comes the dynamic cuisine of Burma. It’s tough to get away with salad as a major selling point, but Burmese cuisine manages to do it with style. Which makes more sense when you consider that Burmese salads feature ingredients like crunchy roasted peanuts, dried shrimp, and crispy beans and seeds. Not the delicate salads of your neighborhood cafe, these are hearty, sumptuous dishes that can pull their weight as entrees. The popular tea leaf salad is named for its pickled tea leaves or “lahpet,” an ingredient that is not only unique to Burma but its beloved national delicacy. Even the serving style is unique – traditionally the lahpet is placed in the center and surrounded by piles of the other ingredients, with diners hand-tossing it as they eat. In San Francisco you’re more likely to find the local additions of lettuce and tomato, which Chef Ma incorporates into her tea leaf salad along with jalapeños and red onion. But salad is just one component of Burmese cuisine. Heavier …
With a little prodding, she reenacts how she challenges the bribe-seeking Burmese officials when she returns to the US with suitcases full of specialty peanuts and legumes.
After 23 years in Malaysia, Tracy spent more than 5 years honing her cooking skills in Australia before bringing them to San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood.
Growing up speaking St. Croix’s native Crucian dialect, Ralph’s come a long way to share his story and cuisine with NYC’s hungriest eaters.
California East Bay native Eric Pascual has had a burning passion for food since he was a child. Every summer, he’d fly to Oahu, Hawaii to stay with his aunt in the small town of Moanalua Valley.