Cooking for a Tibetan Lama: A Singular Experience

The photograph is from a web page titled “Chinese Buddhism.” The caption reads: “Gonpo Tseten Rinpoche transmitting the Yeshe Lama, Forestville, CA 1981” I’m almost positive this photograph was taken on the ranch that summer. During the summer of 1981 I was living on a ranch in Northern California working on a writing project, which … Continue reading Cooking for a Tibetan Lama: A Singular Experience

New Orleans: Friday to Sunday, Food for the Gods

By Paul Rest Well, obviously no gods were there, at least not any that I could see. But there was some magic that happened weekends in thousands of households in the Greater New Orleans area that made one feel as if one was transported to a heavenly realm of gastronomical delights. It started like this: … Continue reading New Orleans: Friday to Sunday, Food for the Gods

New Orleans: Harvesting Honey for the Soul by Paul Rest

by Paul Rest    March 13, 2017 I was living in New Orleans. Don’t ask me how I ended up there, it's complicated. But there I was and soon I was loving The Crescent City. I just seemed to fit in. I really don’t know why? I didn’t sound like I was a local and I … Continue reading New Orleans: Harvesting Honey for the Soul by Paul Rest

In the Bleak Midwinter: Food stories from my youth by Paul Rest

By the time February rolled around, winter’s firm grip in our area meant the implementation of different menus. Meals changed from those during the late autumn and early winter months and often included wild game, nuts and lots of canned vegetables from the basement cellar. Vegetables served for meals were canned or flash frozen and … Continue reading In the Bleak Midwinter: Food stories from my youth by Paul Rest

Adventures in Japan: What Am I Eating Part III by Paul Rest

Adventures in Japan Part I and Adventures in Japan Part II Japan is a mix of stunning unforgettable natural beauty, and a seemingly lack of consciousness about the environment. A storybook looking factory of some kind situated in a lush green landscape unfolding before our eyes yet with an incinerator in the back belching black … Continue reading Adventures in Japan: What Am I Eating Part III by Paul Rest

Adventures in Japan: “What am I eating?” Part 2 by Paul Rest

If you haven't read Part I yet...here it is After five days, it seemed like the sky opened and it would not stop raining. At one point it rained so hard it soaked through my umbrella. Waiting for a cab (on the wrong side of the street) I realized I was getting soaked to my … Continue reading Adventures in Japan: “What am I eating?” Part 2 by Paul Rest

Farm to Table: A True Story, Part II by Paul Rest

If you missed Part I, you can find it here. When I would visit my my mother’s mother, my grandmother, things were different from my home life. This is where I first really learned about farm to table, although it wasn’t exactly “farm” to table, it was more like "garden and hen-house in the back" to table. … Continue reading Farm to Table: A True Story, Part II by Paul Rest

Farm to table: A true story by Paul Rest

Part I Decades before there was what we know of today as “farm to table,” most Americas lived that way. What I mean is, there was little separation from what showed up on the dinner table because of where we lived, and what we ate. Outside of big cities like New York, Chicago and St. Louis, … Continue reading Farm to table: A true story by Paul Rest

Sometimes traffic problems can be a blessing by Paul Rest

The local radio station announced that there was a major accident on the Golden Gate Bridge and northbound lanes were closed. Fortunately, I was still on route, taking a short cut as a snaked my way through the San Francisco’s notorious rush hour traffic. What I would often do in situations like this is find … Continue reading Sometimes traffic problems can be a blessing by Paul Rest

What is it with these darn chilies? by Paul Rest

What is it with this craze about chilies? It seems that wherever one turns on a cable channel some food personality is attempting to blow his mouth and brain to kingdom come with some hot chili concoction. Just the other day a “top shelf” margarita was brought to my table with chili flakes in it. … Continue reading What is it with these darn chilies? by Paul Rest