Category Archives: international cuisines

A Tasty Barcelona Dish

Today I leave for the West Coast to visit some of the friends I made while studying abroad in Barcelona! I can’t wait to see them, but thinking about it makes me miss being in Barcelona. I dug up some of the recipes I had from a cooking class I took there so I can make some traditional Barcelona food in my own home. One of the foods I really enjoyed was the Chupito de Sopa de Tomate, a tomato soup shot. The dish is a form of gazpacho, a cold soup dish that is popular all over Spain, especially …


Restaurant Review: Orinoco

Last weekend, I celebrated my birthday with a delicious feast at Orinoco restaurant in Brookline Village. Orinoco specializes in Venezuelan cuisine, which I had never tried before until recently. I had read great reviews and as expected, this restaurant was perfect for celebrations – great food, great drinks, and great ambiance. They also have locations in the South End and Harvard Square.

I am a big fan of mojitos especially in the summertime because they’re so refreshing. At Orinoco, my friends and I tried both the autentico version and the mixed berries; both were tasty, but I prefer the autentico, which was made …


2013 Food City: Toronto

In the list they put together back in January, the editors at Epicurious named Toronto this year’s Food City. And as a native of the city (read: lived there for a year), I’ve decided to give a few reasons why I think it deserves the title.
First the reason why it was on the list: new restaurants. David Chang has three new spinoffs of his Manhattan-based tasting-menu restaurant Momofuku Ko – Shoto, Daisho, and Noodle Bar – which have really done much to raise the food status of the city. Chef Daniel Boulud also opened Café Boulud in the past year, …


Home Cooking in Italy

For the time I was in Livorno,Italy I became very spoiled!  My friend cooked for me lunch and dinner Tuscan style, fresh simple cooking from the freshest of ingredients.  Cooking was quick, simple and delicious.  Meals were simple, prepared simply with minimal use of pots and pans. I can take some lessons since when I cook the recipes have many ingredients and by the time I am done preparing the recipe my kitchen is a mess with dirty bowls, pots and pans!
A visit to the Mercato for meat and freshly pressed hamburgers made to order were on the menu often!  …


Pretzel Paradise

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Soft, chewy pretzels have been a favorite snack for hundreds of years. Originating in Germany, pretzels have become a staple at concerts and carnivals around the world. Whether you like them sweet and covered in cinnamon sugar, or savory and salty dipped in mustard, there’s a pretzel out there waiting to be customized to your personal taste buds.
And now you can make homemade pretzels with this convenient little gadget. The Nostalgia Electrics Soft Pretzel Maker will have family and friends in awe. The interchangeable, non-stick plates can either make two large or six small pretzels at one time.
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Double Dutch

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Today’s gadget is one that many of you may already own. A staple piece among cookware, the Dutch oven is a reliable and very versatile tool. The Dutch oven is perfect for cooking stews, soups and chili on cold winter nights.
Dutch ovens have been in use for hundreds of years all around the world. Most countries have their own version of this heavy-duty cooking vessel that are also known as casserole dishes. The French cocotte, the Japanese tetsunabe, and the South African Potjie are all very similar designs.
The thick walls of the Dutch oven are usually made of cast-iron which …


Welcome to Livorno

So how did I get to Livorno?  It took many years and reuniting with friends from long ago on Facebook that started my journey. When a friend said come to Livorno in time I eventually said yes. What did I have to lose? I planned my trip six months before and used my frequent flyer miles for the journey.  Have you ever noticed that planning and anticipating a trip is a very special part of the trip?  The anticipation lasts longer than the trip. The trip quickly flies by!
I decided if I was going all this way to Italy, going …


Middle Eastern Cuisine

As you hopefully I know I recently returned from an amazing trip to Dubai. The city itself was great, very modern and a cool place to visit but the one of the main parts of what made my trip so spectacular was the food. I want to share with you some of the wonderful things I ate while there but I don’t want this to just be a brag-post. Rather I hope this will be an inspirational post on food that you too can enjoy. Middle-Eastern food in general is something I love and it’s a great way to mix …


Little Italy here we come!

We are off to Mulberry Street!  It has been years since I have been on Mulberry Street.   Growing up in New York I would often go to Little Italy and visit Caffé Roma, Caffé Napoli, and Ferrara’s just to name a few places all the time.   September would not be the same without a visit to the Feast of San Gennaro.  So many memories!
Tonight as I walked Kudzu onto Mulberry Street there was an incredible amount of activity. The sidewalks were filled with people.   Restaurants one right after the other had their menus on the street and each restaurant had …


Check out the Seaport area in Boston!

Recently I had the opportunity to go for lunch at Daily Catch on the waterfront. My sister was visiting from out of town and it was fun for us to see another part of Boston that has changed so dramatically since she lived here over 16 years ago. It felt like we were on vacation just being on the waterfront.
After lunch we took a walk along the harbor on the beautiful walkway passed Louis and Sam’s at Louis, passed Seaport Convention Center and the Seaport Hotel, a long time participant of Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer.
Then we came to 4 …