Jarrett Wrisley

Jarrett Wrisley hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania. For the past seven years, he's been working as a writer in Asia, though he still dreams of greasy cheese steaks. More

Jarrett Wrisley hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania. For the past seven years, he's been working as a writer in Asia, though he still dreams of (and occasionally returns for) greasy cheese steaks. Jarrett's first trip to Asia came as a college student, when he traveled to Beijing to study Mandarin Chinese. He returned to China after graduation, and began writing about Chinese food in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. After a six-month stint in Chengdu, he moved on to Shanghai, where he worked as a food critic and magazine editor for four years before striking out on his own. After six years in China, he recently moved to Bangkok, where yellow-clad protesters immediately shut down the airport where he had just landed. Luckily for him, he couldn't leave—and now intends to stay. Jarrett is presently working on a series of modern Chinese cookbooks with Hong Kong chef Jereme Leung and writing features that focus on food and culture in Asia. He'll be bouncing around the region as much as possible and writing about things he encounters along the way. His blog trains an eye on food but addresses other cultural phenomena, tidbits of travel, and the oddball politics of East Asia.
  • Pastry With a Sense of Adventure

    In this little shack they sell five things -- Goan pastry, newspapers, bars of soap, sodas, and sausage. In India, fritters and flaky triangles are not what they seem. Indeed, they are filled with an array of tantalizing spices to satisfy any palate. Finding a hidden "inn" with sweet and savory results.

  • Thailand's Honky-Tonk Soul Food

    Hiding somewhere in the corners of Bangkok's nightlife, between the live music, tiny cafes and bookshops, kooky hipster hangouts and riverside spots, is this strangely charming music and cuisine that would be as much at home along the Mississippi Delta.

  • Real People, Not Slumdogs

    Just hours after Slumdog Millionaire picked up its eighth Oscar, our correspondent visited the Mumbai neighborhood depicted in the film and gauged reactions

  • One Day in Bangkok

    An on-the-ground report from a city of closed airports, disbanded political parties, and rolicking protests

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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