The Simple Things: Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

Sometimes it’s the simple things that matter. I’m at a point in my life (i.e. one year until I graduate from college) where suddenly it seems like the “big things” take precedence. And then I take a step back and I see this: …a still pond on a perfect summer’s day… …a surprise thunderstorm… …Robin’sContinue reading “The Simple Things: Balsamic Roasted Asparagus”

Blueberry Corn Salad

Before I knew much about food, I figured the category “Fruits and Vegetables” should be two categories, “Fruit” and “Vegetables.” But after tasting salads such as arugula and watermelon or even mango salsa, I have realized that fruits and vegetables complement each other. Maybe you are saying “Duh” or maybe you have not ventured intoContinue reading “Blueberry Corn Salad”

Mamma Maria, Boston

For Mother’s Day, I treated my mom to a wine tasting tour of the North End. My whole family ended the tour with a spectacular dinner at Mamma Maria, which is one of my parent’s favorite restaurants. This was my first visit and from the impeccable service, to the fabulous food, I can’t wait toContinue reading “Mamma Maria, Boston”

Poolville Country Store, NY

As mentioned many times before, going to school in upstate New York leaves much to be desired in terms of culinary experiences. On the one hand, I save a considerable amount of money. On the other hand, it’s easy to see how students can subsist on Ramen noodles. However, I got a chance to visitContinue reading “Poolville Country Store, NY”

Green Things, Roasted

The best thing about being back at school, other than my brilliant Creative Writing Workshop, is that I finally have an oven. I am (most certainly) making my way in life: first going from an oven-less kitchen with a less-than-desirable electric stove top, then to an kitchen with an oven and a more desirable electricContinue reading “Green Things, Roasted”

At last, Black Beans (and a Quinoa Salad)

As you may know from previous posts, there seems to be a black bean shortage in Australia. Boy, are those Aussies missing out on my favorite protein-packed legume. Now that I’m home, you can imagine my excitement as I swiped cans of black beans into my cart at the supermarket. It probably looked like IContinue reading “At last, Black Beans (and a Quinoa Salad)”

Grilled Mediterranean Portobello Burgers

It seems most children enter a phase of self-awareness, when they start to be conscious of their fashion, friends, toys, homes, and general appearance. When I was little, I was embarrassed by our family’s barbeque grill. The dingy charcoal grill had aluminum foil covering the gaping hole at the bottom of charcoal basin, and aContinue reading “Grilled Mediterranean Portobello Burgers”

Easy Shrimp Scampi and a Food Court

The food court at the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney is perhaps the wildest food court I’ve ever visited. I mean that in the best way possible. The walls are a shiny black granite-like material, making you feel like you’ve landed somewhere glamorous. It also makes it seem like the food court is endless, whichContinue reading “Easy Shrimp Scampi and a Food Court”

De Medici, Bruges

Here’s another post about the glorious subject of food poisoning. Last summer, I traveled to London with my parents where we Indian-restaurant-hopped. This would be┬ámy family’s version of bar hopping. We ate not one, not two, but three Indian meals in a row. I love Indian food, with all of its comforting deep-fried pakoras andContinue reading “De Medici, Bruges”