About me

I’ve always been a great eater (if I do say so myself) but I’m now interested in the cooking and baking part of it too. What you’ll find here are recipes with soul and a story to go with it. Just as I enjoy the simple things in life, the same can be said about my taste in food. I love the creativity and art of Molecular Gastronomy and I can definitely appreciate a perfectly cooked sous-vide piece of lamb with a mint jelly foam, but I’d still take Shrimp & Grits nine times out of ten.

Cheesy Shrimp & Grits, Collard Greens and Hoppin' John's (Black-eyed peas & rice)

The idea behind Tastes Better With Friends came to me in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium (of all places). A Dodgers baseball game was one of many stops during my 2009 summer road-trip through California and Oregon with some buddies and we found ourselves in the all-you-can-eat bleacher section.

It was a perfect summer evening at the ballpark and our attention was focused on the Dodger dogs, peanuts, nachos, Coke and beers rather than the game itself and it occurred to me that food simply “Tastes Better With Friends”.  I couldn’t determine how or why it tasted better, but among friends, the scenery, the laughs, it was just better!

Since that moment, this blog has been my home.  I can share my adventures, be it in the kitchen, travelling or simply writing about life as I see it. My blog is meant to be a comfortable and fun place where old and new friends can hopefully learn and be inspired.

It also tastes better in Maui!

Just like it’s easier to smile than to frown, it always Tastes Better With Friends!

Thanks for stopping by,



27 responses to “About me

  1. Awesome Blog, Ethan… very original

  2. tastesbetterwithfriends

    thanks Armen, look forward to reading yours…

  3. Gretchen

    just stumbled across your site…love it!

  4. Montreal to Vancouver– that’s quite a drive. What are you doing at the Olympics?

    • tastesbetterwithfriends

      5000 kms worth of driving to be exact! I’ll be managing the training venue where the men’s hockey teams will be practicing during the Olympics.

  5. Also just stumbled upon your blog, love the title, love your stories! Keep it up!!

  6. Deasi Tresna Asih

    nice blog ethan,,by the way,,nice to know about you and your blog…

  7. Chelsea

    Hi Ethan!! I love reading food/recipe blogs, I often read joythebaker, and thanks for facebook, saw yours! You seem to do the coolest things 🙂 love your blog!!

  8. Just came across your blog and whole heartly am enjoying reading through it!! 🙂

  9. Terry Thrasher

    From Thrash … “You write way too nice for me.”

    Happy belated birthday. Sorry you won’t be in Montreal on 13 Feb. We’ll have to go to St Viateurs without you.

    • tastesbetterwithfriends

      To Thrash…I’ll try and toughen up my writing for you and a happy belated birthday to you as well!
      mmm, enjoy the smell of the bagels and snacking on a warm one in the car…amuse toi!

  10. AM here thru Super Baker Joys about page :-))))
    Thought i’ll hop by and see what u were talking about :-))))))
    U have a lovely blog blog here and sure am going to hop around :-))))

  11. Robin

    Hey Ethan,

    Instead of searching for a new job, I have just spent the last 30 mins reading about your adventures in food. The other comments are correct – it is a cool blog. Have a great trip mate and I look forward to some posts from your travels.

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  13. Jana

    Love it. You’ve inspired me.
    Lovely meeting you Ethan.
    Horseshoe Tournament Labour Day?

    • tastesbetterwithfriends

      Thanks Jana! It was great meeting you as well. Possibly, although my horshoe tossing skills are a bit rusty

  14. Ethan,
    It was great to meet you at Teeter’s cottage. I love to talk to others who are passionate about food and drink and the memories that can be invoked by our experiences. I look forward to following your blog. As Jana said, it would be great to see you at the horseshoe tourney on the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend. All are always welcome! Check out our Grill-a-Dog website!

  15. Yay! So glad I found this blog. Good stuff. Looking forward to reading more.

  16. So glad to have met you! Food does taste better with friends (although it’s pretty good all alone, too, you ask me!)! Looking forward to getting to know your blog!

  17. Love your blog! Have subscribed and look forward to all of your wonderful posts!!


  18. Christina

    Great blog! Seems like you have a hankerin for southern food, me to!! LOL. Sometimes I just want to wrap bacon in butter and snack away. Anyway, I look forward to following your blog. I L O V E F O O D!

  19. Such a simple style of writing. Non-fussy and to the point.

    Simple things make more profound an impact and yours has. Lovely blog, lovely attempt and soothing words!

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  22. I just found your blog via Twitter via the Camp Blog Away hashtag. 😀
    Great writing and beautiful photography!

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