New Year, New
January 3, 2006 — It's been a long break, but we're back.
Finally. With each year that tastingmenu gets written we try to
improve so that there's reason to keep coming back. Two years ago we
did our first cookbook.
Last year we helped put on the
and put out our second
cookbook. We knew we had to top ourselves this year so we've got
quite a bit of excitement planned for the year. More publications,
the second annual tasteeverything awards, some new accessories, and
of course tons of detailed writeups and closeup photos of the best
food experiences we can find from all over the planet.
While we rely primarily on our taste buds to decide
which of those food experiences to share, perspective does count. And
while we feel reasonably well eaten (the culinary equivalent of
well read), we often feel that we're lacking enough perspective
and experience to really understand the quality of some of the food
Here on tastingmenu we're starting a new series of posts
called "Tastingmenu gets schooled". This is going to be a
three part series, with each part consisting of multiple entries here on
the site. In each major part of this series we're going to try and
personally broaden our experience so that ultimately the entries on this
site get better. The first part involves broadening our culinary
palate... in Asia.
It's hard to bring authority to the table on a
particular type of food when you've never eaten it in its native
country. And while we certainly know which food tastes great to us, it
would be better if we had a baseline to compare. Asian food has always
been a favorite of ours, but while Japan has been visited many times
(with one stop in South Korea as well), we've never been to some of the
other countries in the region - and there are many.
For part 1 of Tastingmenu Gets Schooled we're spending a
few weeks in Asia - Hong Kong, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, and
Tokyo to be specific. Starting with our next post we'll be reporting on
all the exciting food happenings that we were able to manage in our
relatively short trip. It's not exhaustive, but hopefully it gives
enough of a sense of the food in each country - especially China,
Thailand, and Cambodia to which we've never been.
As for future parts of Tastingmenu Gets Schooled we'll
reveal those as time goes on. Let's go!