A New Site and a Look Back

I started Eat Kune Do about five years ago. Back then, it was just an attempt to start a food blog and just write my thoughts on food, cooking, and dining. Since then, it has become a much bigger project: a regular experimental pop-up dinner series and supper club, designed to stretch my culinary creativity and skill while connecting awesome people. As such, I've redesigned the site!

Now let's take a look back before we move forward.

I've been cooking since I was a kid, but moving back to LA and getting my own apartment meant that I finally had my own kitchen. I even started photographing some of the things I was cooking in before/after (ingredient/final dish) shots!

I sometimes miss my ingredient "before" shots.

I sometimes miss my ingredient "before" shots.

And the "after" shots definitely needed some work.

And the "after" shots definitely needed some work.

I eventually started to try cooking new things and experimenting with techniques and ingredients. My plating and photography slowly improved as well!

Grilled pork tenderloin over sauteed onions

Grilled pork tenderloin over sauteed onions

Bacon Mac and Cheese

Bacon Mac and Cheese

Risotto with sirloin steak & red wine/soy sauce

Risotto with sirloin steak & red wine/soy sauce

Red pepper and mushroom risotto

Red pepper and mushroom risotto

Eventually, I was starting to get complacent, and just making the same kinds of things over and over: red meat braises, risottos, noodle dishes...I needed a way to push myself creatively.

As chance would have it, one day my friend Candace told me she wanted to meet another friend Yumi (who has since gone to publish two books and created quite a following for her illustration work), and I figured I could make it happen with the tried and true tradition of domiciled twenty-somethings: the dinner party. I invited a third friend Patrick and got to planning.

I wanted to treat this dinner party menu a little differently, however. I wanted to tailor the menu to my guests, so I asked for their input: just some of their favorites and what foods to avoid. It turned out to be just what I needed to start trying new things in the kitchen. The resulting dinner ended up great (you can read about it in this older post)!

Rice pilaf with sauteed chicken and sriracha creme fraiche, the entree of that dinner.

Rice pilaf with sauteed chicken and sriracha creme fraiche, the entree of that dinner.

It kicked off a whole dinner series that I've been hosting ever since, which has now taken on the name Eat Kune Do. Where do I go from here? Hopefully to actually keep writing in this blog with thoughts on food, adventures in cooking, and dinner updates. I hope you'll join me!