Shameless Self-Promotion



We are completely thrilled to be finalists in Saveur’s annual best food blog awards, in the writing category, and we would love, love, love it if you guys voted for Pen & Palate.  Voting closes this Wednesday, April 9th. You have to register, but we promise it only takes 10 seconds! Just click here! And you get to choose a cute avatar. (I chose cake. Tram chose knives.) We’d be very grateful for your support.  Thanks!

-Lucy and Tram

For those of you who are new to the blog, here are some of our favorite posts from the archives:

Thanksgiving Tamales

Thanksgiving Tamales

Grease Fire

How to Start a Grease Fire

pen and palate cioppino


South America copy

Todo Junto

Pen_and_Palate, Spanish Tortilla Sandwich

Spanish Tortilla Sandwich

Pen and Palate Vietnamese Coffee Panna Cotta

Vietnamese Coffee Panna Cotta


Spinach and Cheese Empanadas

Health Cocktail

Health Cocktail


It’s Only a Lobster

Linguine with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Linguine with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes


Moderately Healthy Lentil Sausage Soup


illustration: tram nguyen


Lately I’ve had a lot of deadlines, which means I’ve been giving myself a lot of leeway in the “eating like a functional adult human” department. I have this tendency, when I’m stressed out by work, to let everything else – cooking, sleeping, making my hair look nice, fulfilling other basic obligations – go by the wayside. During these trying times you can usually find me in my bed with my laptop and my cat, wearing my kimono, and eating takeout pad thai.

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