Provoking the Palate is pretty much what it sounds. It is about food that is so stunning and absolute it forces your senses into action. Before the food has even hit your tongue—it has visually and aromatically awakened your every appetite. Thus enticed, the fork presses down on some juicy, sumptuous morsel. Realization slams home that the crackling has continued inside your mouth and has now melded with the velvety feel of the tender layer underneath. The entirety perfectly sinful, perfectly seasoned. From intense and robust flavors to the teasing lilt of something wholly other…Provoking the Palate aims to appreciate all the nuances of each ingredient and its preparation—provided it has all been executed well in the style it is served in…

About Me

I never thought of myself as a foodie until I realized the depraved depths I often went to regarding food--whether to achieve the perfect braised oxtail or my ongoing search for incredible Southeast Asian cuisine in NYC (mostly terrible). 

Food is my passion. From ingredient sourcing to its preparation to the end result that lands in my mouth—I have always taken every bit of care into account. Ingredients matter—but even the most basic and simple ingredients, when manipulated well, can activate my salivary glands. 

That said—I am in it for the flavor—simple or complex, fine or rustic, organic or adventurous. You will not find me a picky ingredient chaser—my heart is a trollop and will sing for any succulent dish that ensnares my senses…

I never lacked for incredible food growing up thanks to parents that also had a deep love and appreciation for cooking and ingredients.  While my mom was the chef, my father was the gardener--our entire backyard was a garden full of herbs and vegetables.  All organic, all well-tended.  Our restaurant sourced the majority of our ingredients from that garden.  People always ask me..."What are the Lao known for..."  Looking at my parents and, indeed, most of the parents' of my friends...my answer would be..."The love of food and gardening."