Welcome to *Crab & Nectar*


From April 2004 through December 2011, I wrote a weblog on ChopstickCinema, a sited dedicated to my daily adventures in Asian food and film. Seven days a week, 365 days a year, I posted hundreds of recipes, film reviews, and food-related essays; and over time, blogging became like breathing for me. It’s just something I do. But after nearly eight years {alas} the site owner has decided to shift his focus from blogs to electronic publishing.

So…to fill the void left by Chopstick Cinema, I am pleased to introduce my new blog forum, Crab & Nectar: Falling in Love Again…with Culture…with Nature…with Life! Musings filled with sugar and spice and all things nice (and a goodly measure of snips and snails and puppy dogs’ tails).

There will be Food… there will be Music… and Art… and Poetry… and Books… and Film… and…the occasional Epiphany

*Merry Christmas Eve*

Every year since 1994, my son Will and I have spent Christmas Eve together. There have been times throughout those years that we joined in social gatherings, but in recent years, it’s been just the two of us. I make a gourmet dinner and we open Christmas gifts.

This year’s menu is Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp (Will’s favorite), Vietnamese Roast Pork Loin, Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry, and Coconut Crème Brulee. And  I’m hoping that by evening’s end, my *Christmas Wish* comes true…