Presenting The Faux Gourmet!

The Faux Gourmet has been on hiatus for a while. I began this blog as a creative outlet during law school. After law school, I started other blogs on other topics and no longer needed this as a creative outlet, not to mention my diminishing free time.

But I kept cooking, kept taking food pictures and garden pictures, kept wanting to share the little tidbits of what I'd made. I occasionally did this on my personal blog (to which, I'm sure, people yawned and wondered when I'd post another cat picture). But I started to miss this space. Of all the blogs I have, this format, culled over several dedicated years and incorporating that adorable illustration by Sam Wedelich (see info the left) is by far my favorite.

So I'm back!

Expect short and sweet posts. Less food porn, more recipes and tips. If you want food porn you can look at any of the 5000 million existing food blogs. I don't have good lighting in my apartment and don't have time to style plates. I just want to make something yummy and eat it. If that sounds ok with you, stick around.

Looking forward to being back in touch!


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    Thursday, June 1, 2006

    About What's in the Pot?/The Faux Gourmet

    In the Beginning: The Faux Gourmet began as What's in the Pot?, an insider's guide to Thai street food. While guidebooks occasionally hit on a fabulous, feisty Thai hole in the wall, most recommendations seemed to be watered down foreigner food. The references to street food were vague at best: "the streets behind x monument have good stalls." That doesn't provide much guidance to the short term visitor, eager to try something authentic but not sure how to start.

    Cue, me. My credentials: I am a Westerner who speaks Thai. I love to eat Thai street food. I love food in general. And I'm not ashamed to take photos of everything I eat. Upon further reflection [and further eating], this blog will not be confined to street food. There's a lot of great food in Bangkok in homey Thai restaurants equally inaccessible to foreigners.

    The Faux Gourmet: Then I moved to New York City. Bangkok & NYC have plenty in common: they're both full of so much tasty food it can sometimes feel overwhelming. And while you might not need a guide to decode New York street food, you may need a hand finding the best cheap eats in this rich-person's playground--or better yet, learning how to create simple versions of gourmet food on a budget. Once again, cue me, this time as The Faux Gourmet, my foodie alter ego.

    As What's in the Pot? grew to encompass much more than its initial emphasis on Thailand, I decided it was time for a change.  What's in the Pot? became The Faux Gourmet, a blog dedicated to enjoying good food without a whole lot of money or pretension. 
    The Faux Gourmet looks for tasty bites that may not be obvious at first glance, appreciates the quirks and ambiance that make food more than just tasty, and gives extras like directions and recipes. Beyond that, all I know for sure is at its heart, The Faux Gourmet is about enjoying good food, and making good food accessible. This mirrors my own zest for life--it may seem a bit random at times but it is always enthusiastic. So if you like food, dig in!

    Sunday, May 21, 2006

    The Faux Gourmet Index

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    All Recipes:

    Accidental Bean Soup
    Almost Instant Couscous
    Apricot Pecan Brie
    Auntie R's Perfect Bloody Mary
    Beef Fajita Filling
    Brown Rice Tart with Cheese Tomato Filling
    Browned Butter Braised Cauliflower 
    Browned Butter-esque Sauce
    Brulee Latte
    Sauce for Fresh Crab
    Caramels with Fleur de Sel
    Chorizo con Huevos Breakfast Burritos
    Curried Pumpkin Soup
    Egg Breakfast Sandwich
    Eggs Benedict
    Faux Crepe
    Fennel Chili Seared Tuna Steak
    Fig Prosciutto Crostini
    French Chicken in a Pot
    Fridge cleaning spaghetti sauce
    Fried Soy Sauce Rice Noodles with Broccoli
    Gaeng Hang Lay/Chiang Mai Curry
    Garlic Oil
    Giow Ba Mee Moo Dang
    Grandma Field's Cinnamon Coffee Cake
    Greek Yogurt Salad
    Grilled Pear, Prosciutto & Gruyere Tortilla Sandwich
    Homemade Ketchup
    Housewarming Cake
    Imitation "Beggars' Purses"/Goat Cheese Stuffed Phyllo with Rosemary Balsamic Reduction
    JR's trademark salad
    Lamb Shoulder Chop with Apples & Figs in Brandy Sauce
    Left-over Veggie Couscous
    Maple Caramel Pecan Popcorn
    Molten Chocolate Cake with Caramel & Fleur de Sel
    Momofuku's (Sort of) Brussels Sprouts
    Moroccan Style Chicken Breasts
    Pear Galette
    Phad Siew
    Pretty in Pink Roast Beets
    Proscuitto-Wrapped Grilled Dates
    Scallops a la Perfection
    Seared Tuna Steak
    Sesame Seed Encrusted Tuna Steak
    Simple Steamed Mussels
    Spanish Style Garlic Shrimp
    Spiced pork & vegetable slaw lettuce wraps
    Spicy Coconut Cream Sauce & Shrimp Pasta
    Stuffed Chorizo Sausages
    Stuffed Mushrooms
    Summer Strawberry Salad
    Toasted Pita Open Faced Sandwich
    Victory Fried Rice
    Yum Neuah, Thai Beef Salad