My latest culinary obsession has been Southeast Asian tastes: the freshness of mint, cilantro, basil and cucumbers meshed with puckery lime and pungent fish sauce. I never get tired of these flavors, from fresh summer rolls with crisp shrimp in delicate rice paper rolls to a cool and slurpy bowl of noodles with some Sriracha and crunchy peanuts. Yum.
Now that I have a little postage-stamp of a backyard again, I'm excited to kick off the grilling season with a little afternoon get-together inspired by the super cool little postage-stamp yard joint, Pok Pok in super cool Portland, Oregon. I'm going to be riffing on bits and bobs of this menu that appeared in last June's Food and Wine, with a few add-ons, like Spicy Cold Peanut Noodles and Cherry-Bourbon Ice Cream Floats (a la Pok Pok's Whiskysoda Lounge)...Hopefully, I'll have the good sense to take some pix and maybe, just maybe capture my recipes.