Category Archives: traveling

Spicy Cocktails in San Francisco

 
While in San Francisco recently, a friend took me to a restaurant she loves, Pacific Catch. The restaurant is a San Francisco only chain, with six locations around the city. The drink she ordered was called a Spicy Pacific and was made using hot chilies. I wasn’t sure if a spicy cocktail sounded particularly appealing, but I trusted her judgement and ordered one for myself as well. The drink turned out to be awesome! Spicy and vodka are two words you normally wouldn’t use in a sentence together, but give this drink a try the next time you want to …

 

Adventures in Portland Ice Cream

 
This past week I returned from the West Coast, where I spent some time in Portland, Oregon. Portland has a reputation for being a weird city, and it certainly lives up to it. From people being obsessed with the pattern on the airport carpet (They sell it on t-shirts, stickers, and water bottles) to the graffiti that constantly appears on walls saying “Keep Portland Weird”, there’s no shortage of character to this city. With a city like this, the food is bound to be equally as unique. Salt and Straw is the perfect example of this. It’s a small ice …

 

Desserts of Europe

While I was abroad in Barcelona last semester, I was able to travel a lot on weekends to other countries. This met experiencing a bunch of different cultures, including the food. It’s amazing how much food can vary from country to country. And a lot of the time, countries will have the same food item, but it will taste completely different in each one. Pizza, for example, tasted amazing in Rome, but back in Barcelona, it was essentially just bread with minimum cheese on top, not exactly what I was looking for.
A lot of the places I visited have a …

 

Welcome to Summer!

The festivities of July 4th are now behind us! The numerous firework displays and concerts celebrating the birth of our country are over for this year!  The evenings leading up to the 4th and after have been filled with the sounds of fireworks.
Now summer is in full gear!  The weather we have waited for all winter is here for us to enjoy! Winter seems to last forever but summer always seems to fly by without a second thought or glance.

Summer entertaining and grilling takes center stage as well as long awaited visits to the beach where the water temperature is …

 

2013 Food City: Toronto

via searchingtoronto.com
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, …

 

Life with my Mother

After my father passed away in February of 1966, my mother devoted her life to her two young children ages 9 and 4.  She never dated or wanted to date. Her children and family were her life.  She hated driving and would never take a highway.  If she could get there by back roads she would go! If there were no back roads, it was the Long Island Railroad or a cab!
She loved to shop and did all of our clothes shopping and would bring home bags of clothes for us for us to try on!  She loved jewelry.
I never …

 

Corkcicle Cool

You know the feeling, when you get home on a Friday evening from a long week at the office, and all you want to do is relax and enjoy a nice glass of wine? Well whether it be wine, beer, a cup of tea or a dish of ice cream, we all know how great it feels to forget about the work week and kick-start the weekend with our favorite little treat.
corkcicle from wired.com
For all my fellow wine-o’s, today’s gadget is the Corkcicle. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer white or red, the Corkcicle will keep your white wine cool …

 

Asia Food Tour: Part 3

 
 
In this last part of my Asia food tour blog series (see also Part 1: Mainland China – Beijing & Guangzhou and Part 2: Hong Kong & Macau), I’ll share with you some of my food experiences in Taipei, which is the capital of Taiwan, a large island/state located east of China. Taiwan is home to delicious food, hot springs, and Taipei 101 (2nd tallest building in the world).
 
 
 
 
 

Did you know that bubble tea was invented in Taiwan? Bubble tea is a popular iced tea drink often fused with milk, and mixed with tapioca “pearls” or “bubbles.” There are many flavors to choose …

 

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!  …

 

Asia Food Tour: Part 1

 
I’m finally back from my blogging hiatus, after spending almost a month in Asia! I traveled to Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, and Guangzhou to sightsee, visit family, and of course, enjoy all the delicious food. It was my first time visiting mainland China (Beijing and Guangzhou) and Taipei, Taiwan. Today’s blog – part 1 – focuses on some good eats in Beijing and Guangzhou. Beijing is the capital of China and historic site where the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City are located. Guangzhou is the third-largest Chinese city (after Shanghai & Beijing), located in Southern China.
 
 
 

 
The number one must-eat food in …