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  • About Richard Sterling

    Travel, food and lifestyle journalist Richard Sterling is one of the foremost practitioners of the literature of gusto. He is the author of more than a dozen books and scores of magazine travel and food stories. He has been the travel editor for a food magazine and the food editor for a travel magazine, and a newspaper and magazine columnist.The New York Times book page dubbed him “Indiana Jones of Gastronomy” for his willingness to go anywhere and court any danger for the sake of a good meal and a good story.

    He has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for his food writing, and he holds the Lowell Thomas Award and the ForeWord Award for travel writing. He currently resides in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Stories

A Mile in His Shoes – A Grandfather’s Due

A Mile in His Shoes – A Grandfather’s Due

I spent many years of my adult life as the source of my grandfather’s shoes. My grandfather was the man in my life. My dad was a bit of an absentee father, ‘nuff said about that. But “Popa,” as I called granddad, was always there. Where I grew up in the timber country of the Pacific northwest it was Popa who taught me the names of all the trees, which plants were good to eat and which were not. He taught me how to bait a hook, build a fire, pitch a tent and shoot a rifle.... 

Negrita, a Thoughtful Saigon Drinking Story

Negrita, a Thoughtful Saigon Drinking Story

More than half a century ago, some time in the 1950s, a small triangle of vacant land lay at the confluence of Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Cu Trinh Streets. Its address today is 148 Tran Hung Dao, on the way west to Cho Lon (the Chinese district). Some time back in those olden days, I don’t know exactly when, it might even have been in the waning days of French rule, a billboard size advertisement was painted on the eastern wall of the adjacent building. The ad was for Negrita... 

All at Sea – A Shocking Tale of Shipboard Romance?

All at Sea – A Shocking Tale of Shipboard Romance?

A Tale of Shipboard Romance?   She had one of those names that are so common in the Philippines, like Lucy or Linda. Maybe it was Dinah. I can’t remember. I met her on the Manila waterfront. True to what I had been told, she did look a bit of a tramp, and an older one at that. You might even have called her mannish for her shape. But she was a she to the core, as any good steamship is, and which I found when I boarded her. I’ll speak no ill of her. Under the maritime...