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Buslife Sushi Four Ways

Buslife Sushi Four Ways

There is something undeniably wonderful about eating a big platter of sushi out in the middle of nowhere. It just feels so delightfully out of place to set out a tray of sushi rolls in a place that is miles from any water, much less…

Sesame Soba

Sesame Soba

Soba noodles are a Japanese noodle made primarily from buckwheat flour. In parts of Japan, soba is the primary starch, and people often eat them several times a day. The noodles are nutty, slightly bitter, and delicious eaten both in hot soups and cold salads.…

Tempura Platter

Tempura Platter

Ahh, tempura, that classic Japanese dish that is somehow both deep-fried and light. It brings all of the joys of fried food without leaving one feeling like they need a nap afterward. How does one create such perfection?

That light, amazing fry of tempura is achieved using a few different simple techniques and ingredients. The batter itself is made from egg, wheat flour, and ice cold water. Sometimes baking soda is used to lighten the batter, and carbonated water can be used as well. When going for maximum crispiness and lightness, I like to use a bit of both. Continue reading Tempura Platter

Check Out The New Merch!

Check Out The New Merch!

We have a lot of new things going on around here. One that we’re really excited about is all of the new merch in our shop! Check it out and pick up a shirt or a mug or whatever strikes your fancy. All branded with…

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake (pastel de tres leches) is an immensely popular dessert throughout Central and South America. The origin of the cake is a matter of debate, and while it definitely did not originate in Costa Rica (at least I haven’t heard anyone argue that),…

Casado with Cabbage Salad and Stewed Pork

Casado with Cabbage Salad and Stewed Pork

Casado is not so much a dish as it is a meal. In Costa Rica lunch is typically the largest meal of the day, and the casado plate is a popular option.

The origins are a bit cloudy, as they often are, but the word translates directly to “married,” or “married man.” Casado is a mixed plate, typically with rice and beans plus some sort of meat and vegetables or other starches. Continue reading Casado with Cabbage Salad and Stewed Pork

Olla de Carne

Olla de Carne

Olla de Carne, which translates to pot of beef, is Costa Rican comfort food at its finest. Slow-simmered beef and a wide variety of vegetables (traditionally whatever was abundant at the time) creates a stew which warms you to your core and feels so, so…

Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto

If you have ever set foot in Costa Rica, it is a safe bet that you have eaten gallo pinto. This dish of simply seasoned rice and beans was served at every Costa Rican breakfast table I ever sat at, and with good reason. Gallo…

Thai Tea Pudding

Thai Tea Pudding

Thai tea is one of those absolutely delicious things that few people realize is so easy to make at home. All you need to do is visit your local Asian grocer, or hop on the internet, and pick up a packet of Thai tea mix. Steep it, add a bit of sugar, and then top with half and half, and voila: homemade Thai tea just like your favorite restaurant. Continue reading Thai Tea Pudding

Khao Niew Ma Muang – Mango Sticky Rice

Khao Niew Ma Muang – Mango Sticky Rice

Quick, simple, and delicious, mango sticky rice (khao niew ma muang) is one of the finest desserts not only in Thailand, but the world over. It is as simple as cooking rice, whipping up a quick sauce of sugar and coconut cream, and topping it…