Editor’s Note: Each week, Life & Thyme contributors are trotting the globe, taking in the sights and turning over all kinds of culinary stones for future stories. In our new weekly Off the Menu series, we ask for their favorite food-related finds from all over––and share them here.
The dumplings from Din Tai Fung are out of this world. The recipes come straight from their Shanghai location with the same attention to detail given to each dumpling. Just might be my favorite bite of food I’ve had in quite some time.
The sticky bun at Tulie bakery in Salt Lake City! Flaky dough, crunchy caramel and toasted pecans. An addictive, just-sweet-enough treat for those who typically skew savory.
If you love authentic Kansas City Style BBQ & find yourself in Santa Ana, California, then you definitely want to stop by Native Son Ale House (305 E. 4th Street #200) starting this Thursday, Jan 4th when Kanas City-born Chef & Marine Veteran Derrick Foster takes over the kitchen full-time with his award-winning Ember Barbecue. It’s hands-down some of the best BBQ I’ve ever tasted. In addition to traditional slow-smoked meats, he’s also created an awesome “snack menu” that includes his signature “Hogchos” (photo attached) which are his take on traditional nachos, using chicharron in place of tortilla chips, topped with pulled pork, smoked cheese sauce, pork jerky, pickled onion, sour cream, jalapenos and his housemade BBQ sauce. So amazing!
Pasticceria Scaturchio in Naples, Italy. A classic little place near the Piazza S. Domenico Maggiore where you can stuff your face and love every minute of it.
I have been reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson––an historic narrative of the planning and execution of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. I love the inclusion of menus from elaborate dinners to celebrate the occasion, many of which have courses devoted to cigarettes and cigars.