From the monthly archives:

December 2010

2010: Most Memorable Food Moments

by Matt on December 28, 2010

Boy. Whew. Damn. As I sit here and let out a massive sigh and reflect on 2010, I can’t help but feel dizzy. Elated, exhausted, spent, happy but definitely dizzy. And it’s been one of the best years of my life. In the past twelve months I traveled. I wrote a book. I photographed. I [...]


Coquito For Christmas

by Matt on December 23, 2010

Last week while visiting with our banker (yes, there are some things you just have to actually go inside a bank branch, apparently) we got on the topic of food. Naturally. We were trading names of favorite restaurants, talking about the holidays, when our banker mentioned how he couldn’t wait to enjoy his family’s Christmas [...]


Survey Says: A True Story from The Mall

by Matt on December 21, 2010

She was old but sharp and I knew she identified me yards before I even noticed her standing there. With a sweet smile and grey hair, she was the kind of woman just nutty enough to have 3 or 7 cats but sweet enough to make apologies for her behavior. She held her clipboard like [...]


Book Reviews: Amazing Baking Books

by Matt on December 20, 2010

This week’s reviews from Kristina Gill are all about baking. Not being much of a baker myself I find it easier to flip through gorgeous books about breads and cakes rather than disappoint myself in the kitchen. I should say that I’ve spent more time practicing this year than ever before so I suppose that [...]


Man that was a long headline for this post, sorry about that! I wanted to share a few things about my Spice Islands Flavor Explorer project as well as let you know about the contest. First, for those of you who have entered I sincerely thank you! There were dozens of entries and they all [...]


Alice’s New Classic Brownies

by Matt on December 14, 2010

Oh. No, really, oh. Oh as in “Oh my, these brownies”  and “Oh damn, these brownies.”  Oh as “Oh I can’t believe this recipe is so amazing” and “Oh there goes any bit of self control I had.” Get the picture? You can roll your eyes a bit when you say “Oh”.  It helps. Even [...]


Visiting the Martha Stewart Show

by Matt on December 9, 2010

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining the Spice Islands team at a taping of Martha Stewart’s daytime show. It was fantastic to be in New York City and so much fun to return to the show but this time I was worry-free! In 2008 I appeared on the Martha show and [...]


Potato Tacos

by Matt on December 6, 2010

In the world of taquerias there are potato tacos (tacos de papa) and then there are potato tacos. And if you’ve never had one, it’s exactly what you think: tender chunks of potatoes are cooked with onions and spices and nestled inside a corn tortilla and topped with shredded lettuce and salsa. Sometimes. And sometimes [...]


Cookbook Reviews: Great Lookin’ Books!

by Matt on December 3, 2010

It’s Friday! That means more book reviews from Kristina Gill, something we’re trying to do a bit more regularly, at least through the end of the year if I don’t wear Ms. Gill out! Since it’s officially gift season I can think of nothing better than cookbooks, can you? And when they all look good [...]