Mike McJunkin

As we sped down Cầu Chương Dương highway just outside Hanoi, Vietnam, I stared blankly out the taxi window and thought about Nag and Nagina, the cobra villains in Kipling’s short story “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”. more »

May 11, 2016 2:27 PM Sushi & Biscuits

It took me almost twenty years to recover from my first encounter with Spam. Wandering innocently into a friend’s kitchen I witnessed a glistening, vaguely meat-like cube of Spam emerge from its canned womb ... more »

Apr 20, 2016 12:03 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Spring has officially arrived and Chattanoogans are beginning to emerge from the honey-glazed ham and sweet potato induced food comas that blanketed us through the cold, gray Tennessee winter. more »

Mar 30, 2016 12:23 PM Sushi & Biscuits

For most of my life, I had a love/hate relationship with chicken eggs. My childhood and teen years were spent believing that eggs were only to be eaten hard scrambled, deviled, or fried over well and anyone who ate ... more »

Mar 9, 2016 12:10 PM Sushi & Biscuits

I assume it must have been some terribly egregious act I committed in a past life that led to me working as a line cook in the culinary equivalent of Dante’s third circle of Hell—a corporate, casual-dining Italian restaurant. more »

Feb 17, 2016 10:41 AM Sushi & Biscuits

When I stop and think about it, a sack of bones probably shouldn’t have elicited squeals of excitement out of a fifty-year-old man, but these weren’t just any bones—these were veal shank bones. more »

Jan 27, 2016 12:39 PM Sushi & Biscuits

“What is a ham, anyway?” a voice asked me with a casual tone that belied the gravity of the question. A bearded, 20-something stranger stood beside me in the grocery store meat aisle clutching a gold foil-wrapped ham ... more »

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM Sushi & Biscuits

It’s almost New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As I stare upward at the crumbling bricks of Thapae Gate—bricks that have seen traders, diplomats and monks pass for over 700 ... more »

Dec 30, 2015 12:14 PM Cover Story

It’s 6:13 a.m. on Dec. 23 and a combination of terror, regret and anxiety just jolted you out of your much-needed holiday slumber. Like the fever of an approaching flu, the realization washes over you that you agreed ... more »

Dec 23, 2015 12:14 PM Spirits Within

Three years ago, I walked into a nondescript restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, in search of a dish that is virtually unheard of in the U.S.—boat noodles, or guai dtiaw in Thai. There were no tourists or Westerners in sight ... more »

Dec 9, 2015 11:44 AM Sushi & Biscuits

The only thing I like more than Thanksgiving, is the day after Thanksgiving. The Friday after America unhinges its collective jaw and swallows 45 million turkeys whole is a day of reflection and reckoning. more »

Nov 25, 2015 1:12 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) sought to crush the soul of every meat-lover in the world by releasing a statement linking cancer to the consumption of processed meats. The internet predictably exploded ... more »

Nov 11, 2015 1:38 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Every Halloween, the food world becomes a homogeneous, orange-and-black landscape dominated by “fun” and “scary” recipe ideas like jack-o-lantern cupcakes and deviled eggs decorated like eyeballs. more »

Oct 28, 2015 4:02 PM Sushi & Biscuits

I knew the rain was coming. Of course rain was coming. It had rained almost nonstop every day since I arrived at the eco farm in the foothills of the Arenal volcano, El Castillo, Costa Rica. But what did I expect? more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM Cover Story

The first cool nights of fall and the emergence of winter clothes from their mothball-laden cocoon triggers a particular region in my brain that longs for the blackened sear and mouthwatering aroma that only comes from ... more »

Oct 14, 2015 2:59 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Trying to reproduce your favorite Chinese restaurant’s stir-fry in the comfort of your home kitchen can often result in a big pile of fail. Even if you manage to round up all the necessary ingredients ... more »

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM Sushi & Biscuits

If you were unfortunate enough to have been subjected to the “noble experiment” and spectacular failure known as Prohibition, Dec. 5, 1933 would have been like Christmas, your birthday and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. more »

Sep 16, 2015 1:16 PM Cover Story

Scrambled eggs seem simple enough. Mix up some eggs in a bowl, stir them around in a pan until they are cooked, serve with toast and bacon. Wham, bam, breakfast ma’am. more »

Sep 2, 2015 2:07 PM Sushi & Biscuits

It’s late August, and the air around Chattanooga hangs thick with the smell of a thousand failed barbecues. Weekend warriors mourn the dry ribs, overcooked brisket and bland pork shoulders lost on their watch ... more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM Cover Story

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about Chattanooga’s growth during the past couple of decades is the variety of wonderful people from countries all over the world that have decided to make this city their home. more »

Aug 19, 2015 12:05 PM News, Views, Rants, Raves 1 Comments