Brewery Bhavana (309071)
Credit: Kysha Harris photo

Y’all! I miss you. Sending you much blessings, joy, and of course good food vibes.

It has been a minute since I put my fingers to keyboard to connect with you about this life in food. What I can tell you is…IT…HAS…BEEN…A LOT! I continue to get up to a decent pace with my work as food editor at The Spruce Eats.

There are lots of spreadsheets, SEO and growth assessment, editing and developing new content. Please check out my first video for our series “It’s Elementary” on YouTube. I delve into what makes chili chili. It was great fun to shoot and reminded me why I love to do what I do.

Speaking of loving what I do, I am reminded of an outstanding food and fun-filled weekend with my colleagues in Raleigh, North Carolina. While two of my colleagues Lauryn and Kristin flew, I drove down with my fur sons on Labor Day weekend to stay with our colleague Victoria.

We attacked the weekend with aplomb! Victoria primed us with a spreadsheet (yes, a spreadsheet) of all the places we would go. However, first there would be epic tuna melts and sparkling rosé followed by toasted Mekelburg’s chocolate babka (as smuggled by Kristin from Brooklyn) à la mode.

Our first night dinner was at Brewery Bhavana in downtown Raleigh. Monastic looking space with marble, wood and white. Outstanding craft brew and an Asian-inspired menu that can’t stop, won’t stop.

We filled the table first with incredible traditional cocktails with an Asian twist and copious dim sum appetizers of crab Rangoon, cucumber salad, soup dumpling, shu mai, sweet pork buns and scallion pancakes with oxtail, marrow, coconut jam. INHALED IT! All was tremendously ridiculous.

We almost balked at entrées from all we had already eaten but thank goodness we didn’t. Mapo tofu with ground pork, crab nasi goreng (fried rice) enrobed in egg and Chinese water spinach in oyster sauce. Wow! Packed with flavor in every corner of the bowl…and there are no corners which is how good it was.

While we did the best we could to finish, we took the leftovers home. I made a little snickitty-snack for us later in the weekend.

Clearly, I have much more to share with you about this needed weekend away. Stay tuned! 
Happy eating and thanks for reading.

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for over 18 years. She is the new Food Editor at Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPnyc, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc.

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