Farms & Markets

  • Roasting a Pig on the Street—Tet on the Mekong Delta

    By Pasture Braised on March 1, 2014
    This New Year of the Horse started in a very auspicious way— we celebrated Tet on the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam with our friend Jen and her incredibly welcoming family. Thanks to the wonders of Instagram, Natalie has kept in touch with her high school friend, Jen. They hadn’t seen each other in the flesh for a decade (#youknowyouaregettingancientwhen…), […]
  • The 10 Best Things We Ate This Year

    By Natalie on December 30, 2013
    We ate a lot this year. In fact, we often ate a lot this year. So it seems only fitting that our year-end reflection take in some of the highlights of that frequent and ferocious pastime of ours. The 10 Best Things We Ate This Year 10. Baklava in Greece For all that we loved the food in Turkey, we […]
  • Elefantastic Elephant Farm is the Happiest Place on Earth

    By Pasture Braised on November 25, 2013
    The Man Behind the Elephants Elefantastic is a family business. It’s founder Rahul is a 4th generation elephant rider. His family has owned elephants since his great-grandfather retired from the Maharaja’s army and received an elephant as his pension. Before starting Elefantastic in 2012, Rahul and his elephant worked at the Amber Palace ferrying tourists up and down the winding road. […]
  • Jamón Ibérico tasting, do it right or just eat a fist full of it, up to you

    By Pasture Braised on September 10, 2013
    Jamón Ibeerico connoisseur Ángel Millán, from La Posada de Alajar walks us through the proper way to taste Jamón Ibérico. Like wine, Jamón Ibérico flavor changes when exposed to oxygen. Optimal conditions occur after a jamón has been sliced and allowed to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. When properly sliced, Jamón Ibérico releases some of its natural fatty oils. When the fat turns translucent on the plate, it’s […]
  • Holy Hog Heaven, this is Iberian Pig Paradise

    By Cliff on September 4, 2013
    Spain holds many claims to agricultural fame; none tastier than the Iberian pigs of South Western Spain. Since Natalie’s parents suggested a rendezvous in Spain, we knew we had to get a look at these amazing pigs in their natural habitat. Through countless google searches and online forum stalking, we came upon the fine folks at Posadas Alajar and their hidden gem Iberian […]