Tag Archive: Food

Foodcation: South America

Ways to make me happy: Make me food. Buy me food. Be food. Food. Eating, sipping, gulping, tasting, chewing, slurping: Food and drink are such an inherent part of any cultural experience. Yet,… Continue reading

Foodcation: Buenos Aires, Argentina

What comes to mind when you hear “Buenos Aires”? Tango or Evita, perhaps? Wine? Steak? Dulce de leche? You may have made many of these associations, though I suspect your preferred search engine is… Continue reading

Long Layovers: Miami, Florida

10 hours in Miami. That’s all we have. Or is it enough? The moment we land, it feels like a leisurely episode of The Amazing Race. A quick jaunt through the Fort Lauderdale… Continue reading

Foodcation: Portland, Oregon

They say if you live in Portland, you need three things: a bike, a dog, or a tattoo; if you have all three, you’re the epitome of cool. I think there’s an unspoken quality… Continue reading

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Try the pork chop. Juicy. Or, ooh, the trout. Tasty. And look, you can top all dishes with an egg – double yay! What am I talking about? A restaurant. In Calistoga. Called Farmstead. That… Continue reading

Teaquation: Break Up With Boba

  Breakups are hard. Unless you weren’t in love anymore…or in my case, ever. So the breakup with boba was easy, cold turkey (my usual style), and pain-free (unlike my recent gallbladder surgery).… Continue reading

Istanbul, Turkey

Can you imagine living in a city that straddles both Europe and Asia? Picture commuting to work on a different continent by simply taking a ferry or driving across a bridge. Residents of… Continue reading

Eleven Shades of ‘Ello

With all the limoncello I’ve recently made, my inner mixologist is feeling creative. I rummage the kitchen for mixers (as you know, scrounging up ingredients is a skill of mine), and here’s what… Continue reading

Impromptu Sangria

What happens when you open a bottle of wine you don’t like? My instinct is to use it for cooking. Do I throw it in some pasta sauce? Mix it into a marinade?… Continue reading

Last-Minute Veggies

Being the procrastinator that I am, I’m pushing the time limit on a day I have to dash off to a luncheon bearing vegetables. Think quick! I have an hour to spare…what can… Continue reading

When Life (or a Coworker) Brings You Lemons…Make Limoncello!

One April morning, I find lemons in the office kitchen. Bags and bags of lemons. Somebody’s fruit-bearing trees have produced more of the yellow fruit than the family can consume. Score! Coincidentally, I’ve… Continue reading

Saratoga Wine Stroll

1 cute downtown, 24 local shops, 60 wines. At least I think it was around 60. Can you blame me for not having an accurate count, considering I attempted to complete the 24-stop… Continue reading

Corkscrew Cafe, Carmel Valley

In Carmel Valley, there’s a little gem that’s off the beaten path called Corkscrew Cafe. It was (for me…and everyone I’ve brought here), love at first taste. The restaurant is quaint and idyllic… Continue reading

Made in Chocolate Heaven

Reporting to you live from Fort Mason in San Francisco…! Ok, so I’m not actually typing this live; it would have been awfully silly of me to try blogging whilst surrounded by chocolate… Continue reading

Salmon Trio

Doing groceries, I pass the seafood display and see some incredibly large, fatty salmon. And it’s fresh! I purchase an overly large filet thinking to do a fail-proof Pacific Rim Marinade. Arriving home,… Continue reading

Food! (And lots of it!)

Filipinos eat a lot. Like, a lot. A single day can consist of up to five meals – not the typical three, but five. Five! There’s the standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner; add… Continue reading

My Favorite (Italian) Things

When Maria sings about her favorite things in The Sound of Music, it’s a marvel nothing on her list is Italian…especially considering how close Austria is to Italy. So, I’ve made up my… Continue reading

Gusto, Gusti, Gelato!

I’m allergic to the cold. Except when it comes to gelato. I wouldn’t want to live in a city where it snows, and I sometimes struggle with California winters despite the mild chill.… Continue reading

Oh, Those Italians!

I’ve often said that Italians are among some of the warmest people. There are, however, many other quirks and interesting aspects of their culture that are endearing. *These are just my personal observations,… Continue reading

Becoming Italian

Everything reminded me of Italy. Prior to this trip, I somehow managed to frequently find an Italian connection in names, words, places, people, and restaurants. In California, I got excited over a “Tuscany… Continue reading

One Sweet Holiday

The familiar scent of freshly baked, coconut-topped bibinka wafts toward me as I wend my way to the overly laden dessert table. My lusty sweet tooth kicks into overdrive, and suddenly, all I… Continue reading

Welcome to Guam

Shopping with my mother, I notice several stores have boots on display. Boots. For sale. On Guam. There isn’t much variety (this is an island near the earth’s equator, after all), but there… Continue reading