Simply put, I relate to the world and other people through food. My philosophy is this: whether you’re a die-hard foodie or a person who could care less what you put in your stomach, everyone has at least one dish that gets them excited. Get that same person hungry, and even the least food interested individual will wax poetic about the food their mother cooked them growing up or their secret love of Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese.

While food blogs are a dime a dozen these days, I figured it was finally time to toss my hat into the ring. Ultimately, I hope to create a forum that allows me to connect with other people who believe that food is a reflection of values and that eating is a social experience. This blog showcases what I cook and eat on a weekly basis. From authentic ethnic recipes to my mother’s family favorites, I hope this food inspires you to cook for yourself and set out to create some of your own favorite dishes at home.

All content and photography by Michael Parlapiano, unless otherwise noted.
  1. Well stated!! I too am fairly new to the foodie blogger world and I love it! It is so fun to have a creative outlet that gets great response. You are right, we all need to eat and have certain cravings to meet this insatiable need in our lives. Some of us just love it enough to shop, prepare, inspire, photograph and EAT it!!

  2. Just found your blog and love it! Great recipes and pics. Will be back soon!

  3. your photographs are amazing…glad you joined the food blog arena!

    • Karen Lee
    • March 5th, 2010

    Love, Love, Love your Blog. Thank you for all the interesting, inspiring recipes. Would love a facebook link!

    • Dyan Pike
    • April 19th, 2010

    You’re so right. Food is such an integral part of our lives; all of us–from wonderful food writers such as MFK Fisher and Julia Child to Ruth Reichl writing about their relationship with preparing and tasting food–food is essential to our well-being.

    • Emily
    • April 27th, 2010

    Can’t wait to see more recipes!! =D I have bookmarked a ton of them and hope to give them a whirl soon!

    • Jitha
    • May 14th, 2010

    Just stumbled into ur blog …n went thru each n every recipe ! cant wait to try out a few of em :)

    p.s.Yummylicious pics i must say !!

    • Paul
    • June 24th, 2010

    Your recipes for the panaeng paste and for the actual recipe itself are really intriguing. Was it from this Victor S guy that you got the tips to roast the shrimp paste? I took a cooking course in Thailand and there was no mention of doing that, though using the mortar and pestle to bash up the fibrous ingredients was certainly highlighted.
    Your tips in general are great – really like them! I will start using better-quality coconut milk from now on given what you’ve said, and the idea of getting that great oily separation on top of the curry is what mine have been missing!
    Keep doing as you’re doing – the peachy pork ribs sound a treat!

  4. Mike,

    Very cool blog I didn’t know you had one. Abbey, Lauren’s friend has just given me the link. Congrats your blog looks amazing food, writing, pics and layout all included!
    Steven and I have been playing around with a food blog now for over a year. We write about pesco-vegetarian recipes, book reviews and wine. Take a look when you have a chance and let us know what you think.
    Say hi to Lauren on my behalf.

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