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  • Location: Palo Alto, CA
  • Favorite foods: Anything with lots of distinct flavor, and fresh ingredients! Hot grilled sandwiches, sashimi, thin crust pizza, noodle soup, carnitas tacos, butternut squash, raviloi, clam chowder, dolmas, pot stickers, and any kind of curry...the list goes on.
  • Last bite on earth: My mom's Taiwanese ketchup fried rice.

Children of the Corn: Baby Corn, Demystified

Basically, aborted corn.

The Food Lab: Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers

These black bean burgers were the best I've ever had. You've nailed the texture,Kenji! I also appreciated how this recipe didn't have any sort of chili or garlic powder, which can sometimes make food taste oddly processed.

A Sandwich a Day: Jalapeño Popper at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco

I practically work next door to this place, and let me tell you - it's hard not getting a grilled cheese everyday. Their $6 breakfast grilled cheese is pretty killer, too.

San Francisco May Ban Happy Meal Toys

Wow, really? I hope they keep the Happy Meal and replace the food with healthier stuff. Might be a good way to get kids to like things they might not normally eat.

Cook the Book: 'The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto'

I worked as a front desk receptionist one summer during high school at a real estate office that couldn't be more quiet or dull. The only thing that helped me keep my sanity was the amazing gelato from a mom and pop place on the corner. I didn't make much, but I always made enough to treat myself for a pistachio gelato. To this day, that's what gelato reminds me of, and the memories from that summer make it taste that much better.

Chorizo Hash Browns

That looks fantastic. I'll have to try it with soyrizo.

Purple Poop

@Madelyn Rodriguez: Sorry, doesn't look like SeriousEats allows linking. But you get the idea...just use what it says on the bottom of this page for inserting a URL.

Purple Poop

@MadelynRodriguez: Sorry, doesn't look like SeriousEats allows image linking, so just copy and paste this to see what I did.

Purple Poop

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Purple Poop

@MadelynRodriguez: Ah, that's easy. If you click on the time marked for the comment (yours is "10:36AM on 07/30/10") you get a URL. Copy that into what you're writing and put link tags around it (it's posted at the very bottom of this page for reference, too).

I took a screenshot for you:

Hope that helps.

What did you eat for dinner tonight?

@Dana828 and @Kitchenista: I made sweet corn ice cream too! Took photos of the process here: ">

It was so good!

What did you eat for dinner tonight?

@Dana828 and @Kitchenista: I made sweet corn ice cream too! Took photos of the process here: ">

It was so good!

What did you eat for dinner tonight?

@Dana828 and @Kitchenista: I made sweet corn ice cream too! Took photos of the process here:

It was so good! My favorite is still Gourmet's Salted Caramel Ice Cream, though.

Purple Poop

Thanks for all the comments! Glad I'm not the only one with crazy poo. Ha.

@Catboy: Hilarious. Thank you. I'm glad bodily functions are open for discussion on a food site…I thought I was going to get bashed for this.

@Kitchensita: Still have not experience asparagus pee…thank god.

@beth1: Ha, maybe carrots aren't a bad thing to feed dogs.

@MarlsBarkley, @Sharona Zamboni and @Cassaendra: I'll have to remember not to drink Blue Curacou, Cotton Candy, or Sunny D. I don't want bright green pee.

@JerzeeTomato: Please do share the blue gatorade stories.

@Kristin314: I love how you think blue pee is awesome (I think most people would be freaked out).


@Denita TwoDragons: "Crapping leprechauns". Now you have me laughing like an angry pug with his tail shoved into a light socket.

Have You Ever Had Airline Food You Actually Liked?

Oh my gosh, no. I've always had bad airline food. I usually end up bringing ramen (the kind that comes with a styrofoam bowl), and ask the stewardess to fill it up with hot water for me. Sadly, I think this is better than the stuff they serve.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I'm waiting for you guys to start a San Francisco branch!

A Tour of Serious Eats Headquarters

Awesome office! I love how there's food everywhere. By the way, I'm Chichi's biggest fan.

Cook the Book: Asian Fried Turnip Paste

What's With the Lack of Fresh Ingredients in Spain?

@rasellers0: Yes, you're probably right. I'm spoiled living in the U.S., but even more so in California where fresh produce is so easy to get.

@kokeshi: I had the same experience! My salads usually came with tuna on top, and other preserved foods. Either that or tons of mayo-like stuff. They definitely know their meats and cheeses, though.

Grilling: Chicken Fajitas

The chicken is marinating in the fridge right now. Can't wait to come home tomorrow night and try this out! Thanks.

What's With the Lack of Fresh Ingredients in Spain?

Thanks for the responses. I'm glad I'm not the only one who had that experience!

@AnnieNT: I did find their food a little on the salty side.

@Carioca: I came home and had salad for a week!

@merstar: I wish I had a local guide! I was looking everywhere for fresh food, but with no luck. But you're right, the locals probably know where to go.

@gingercookiewithlime: I was also wondering the same. Maybe all the traditional food is made with preserved ingredients because the recipes were written at a time when there was no refrigeration, or less resources?

What's With the Lack of Fresh Ingredients in Spain?

@Katie: It could definitely be an expectations thing. The food looks so colorful in cookbooks here (and in Spain). Maybe it's just the work of good food stylists!

I went to Madrid and Barcelona. I had a few good seafood dishes there but most were salted, pickled, and preserved. Very strange considering there's a lot of fish in the warm waters over there.

Mother's Day Giveaway: Peanut Butter & Co. Chocolate Bonbons

The entire Chinese New Year spread. Delicious.

Cook the Book: 'The Vegetarian Option'

Falafel! Satisfies meat-eaters, too.

Purple Poop

I apologize in advance if this isn't appropriate food conversation, but I feel the need to bring it up so some of you won't end up calling your doctor in a panic after what you see in the bathroom. Here's what happened.

One day I peed orange-pink. My poop was purple.

I started at the toilet bowl for a while, in disbelief at the psychedelic colors that swirled in front of me. Maybe I had some sort of an infection. Or I had grape Kool-Aid after a wild night. Maybe it was my hormones playing a prank.

And then I realized - I ate BEETS! Of course! My CSA delivered beets earlier that week, and I tried them for the first time, not knowing what would happen. So I quickly looked it up in Google for confirmation and ta-da, there it was. Beeturia. Apparently, 10-14% of the population gets colored pee after eating beets or other vegetables high in oxalic acid such as spinach, rhubarb, or chocolate. The majority of the time though, it's a sign that your body needs more iron.

That's my story. Do you have an experience with odd-colored uhm...waste?

What's With the Lack of Fresh Ingredients in Spain?

I went to Spain with high hopes of fresh, flavorful food, but was disappointed at how little fresh ingredients were used in the cuisine. Though the popular potato, eggs and cured meat dishes were good, I was surprised at the lack of veggies, considering how great their markets were - and how canned seafood was chosen over fresh at many restaurants (even in coastal cities). Any trace of vegetables were either fried to a crisp, or covered in some sort of creamy sauce.

I thought Spanish food was all about fresh ingredients. What's the deal?

Dinner Tonight: Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup

I usually hate tomato soup. I don't hate many things, but a bowl of bland off-red soup is a rare exception. Blended soups in general tend to be boring and homogeneous, and tomato is, at least for me, the worst offender. So why am I telling you about a tomato soup, especially when I could be whipping up another sublime BLT? Leave it to Martha Stewart to sort things out. Instead of simply blending all the vegetables, only the roasted tomatoes, carrots, and garlic are pureed. More

Purple Poop

I apologize in advance if this isn't appropriate food conversation, but I feel the need to bring it up so some of you won't end up calling your doctor in a panic after what you see in the bathroom. Here's... More

Serious Eats Recipes: New and Improved!

Good news, Serious Eaters! Serious Eats Recipes is all new from the ground up, thanks to all of your great suggestions. It's now easier to browse, search, and share recipes whether you're a regular reader or visiting Serious Eats for the first time. Here are some of the highlights. More

Dinner Tonight: Artichoke, Olive, and Lemon Pasta

Wide noodles are layered together with preserved artichokes, shards of Parmesan, and briney green olives; the zest and juice of a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil bind it all together. It's substantial enough to be a light dinner but would also be marvelous next to a piece of grilled fish or chicken—or anywhere the bright flavor of citrus is welcome. More