Victor Panichkul is a journalist and writer by training; a cook, wine lover and photographer by passion; and a lover of the outdoors since moving to Oregon more than 10 years ago. He is a native of Bangkok, Thailand.
Dungeness Crab Martini – Cracked not Stirred 4 Febuary 2010
Appetizers Seafood

Dungeness Crab Martini – Cracked not Stirred

The martini is perhaps the most romanticized and bastardized alcoholic wallop ever invented. Among famous martini aficionados are Winston Churchill, FDR, Ernest Hemingway, Cary Grant and the fictional James Bond who preferred his “shaken, not stirred” and with vodka. H. L. Mencken once called the martini “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” […]


Asian Lettuce Cups

When we have friends over for dinner, or when we host parties, one of the things that’s fun to do is to push the boundaries of “finger food.” Face it. Sometimes you’d rather serve things that people can use their fingers to eat so  you can manage the volume of dirty dishes and silverware. And […]

slow baked tomato with grated parmesan
Desserts Salad Dressing Seafood Vegetable

The Cooking of Joy ♥ Savoring the Flavors of Life

Joy Pronunciation:  joi Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French joie, from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium, from gaudēre to rejoice; probably akin to Greek gēthein to rejoice Date: 13th century 1 a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight b […]