Shrimp Tom Yum Soup

This spicy hot and sour Thai seafood soup is as easy as it is delicious. I prepared this particular iteration with rice noodles, which is not strictly traditional, but delicious nonetheless. Continue reading “Shrimp Tom Yum Soup”

Found at Jay international: Por Kwan Seafood Soup Paste

Maybe you’ve had this experience: You open a jar of fermented shrimp paste in the kitchen, then discover 75 mewling neighborhood cats when you open the door to get some fresh air. It’s not funny, but it’s true that some Asian seafood pastes put off an aroma that travels four miles in every direction. Continue reading “Found at Jay international: Por Kwan Seafood Soup Paste”

New Series: Found at Jay International

Living in South St Louis in the Tower Grove area puts me within walking distance of South Grand, which boasts the most diverse collection of ethnic restaurants in the city. So, I’m pretty lucky, but I rarely eat at any of them. Sure I’ll grab a shawarma from The Vine once in awhile, but usually I prefer to make my food investments at the little mothership of international grocery shopping, Jay International. Continue reading “New Series: Found at Jay International”

Let the Bass Player Have Some

Is this prog funk? Acid jazz? I can’t tell what it is, but it’s something The Vanilla Duchesne is playing around with in the studio. I think it might need woodwinds.

I’m Bringing Back The Clap!

Here’s another audio preview from the Vanilla Duchesne sessions. This is from a segment I’m working on for the song “Action Pants”. Note the strategic use of hand clapping, so situated to inspire enthusiasm and exuberance in the listener: Continue reading “I’m Bringing Back The Clap!”