I love myself a good European citrus cake. Okay, maybe borderline obsessed but they are just SO GOOD. Not too sweet, perfect crumb, and suitable at any time of the day. The Portuguesebolo de laranjais no exception. I made this for a party and if you’re looking to feed a crowd, look no further. A breeze to make and a cake that stays moist for days… I don’t think you need anymore excuses to not make this cake.
One of my favourite street foods I had eaten when I was in South Korea was rabokki. Tender and chewy rice cakes, savoury fish cakes and instant noodles - what?! Of course, I had to learn how to make this for myself. Surprisingly, the whole recipe can take less than 15 minute of cooking. Try it - you’ll understand why I was so hooked!
The weather might finally be warming up in Vancouver but that doesn’t mean I’m not craving some real stick-to-your-bones meals! Feijoada, the hearty pork and bean Portuguese stew, is easily prepared in your slow cooker for those busy days when you’re pressed on time. Let the aroma of slow cooked pork, kidney beans and cabbage soothe your soul - a vey satisfying meal that will leave a ton to be indulged in later in the week.
My favourite recipe have to be the ones where I can easily throw all the ingredients in my fridge is and be done with it. This is certainly the case with egg foo young, a Chinese Canadian recipe that may probably be found in all those old school restaurants that I grew up with. Quick, easy and suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this recipe can be whipped up in a pinch.
Pasta + sauce + protein + veg. This is my usual equation for a quick weeknight meal. This time around? I doubled up on the sauce and combined béchamel and pesto to make this incredible cream sauce. Palate pleaser and great to pack up for lunch the next day. Success!
If you can jazz up canned food and luncheon meats, you can do anything. One of my favourite Korean foods, bud jjigae, is up on the blog today! It’s a red hot spicy stew packed with Spam, Vienna sausages, ramen noodles, cheese, tofu and more. It’s a recipe that originated during the Korean War, hence all the canned goods. Don’t let that turn you off that - you’ll instantly become hooked as I was!
Can this title be any longer!? Like any Momofuku Milk Bar recipe, the title is as long as the list of ingredients and components it has. This classic Milk Bar recipe is pretty much foolproof. I followed the recipe to almost a complete tee and it was to die for. A bit too sweet for me but satisfies all my needs when I’m missing NYC.
Ahhhh… Momofuku Milk Bar. How many years was I obsessed with you!? And how long has it been since I’ve made something from the cookbook!? 6 years. It’s been 6 years since I’ve made this exact cake except this time I’ve veganized it. Yes - I was able to veganize Milk Bar’s famous apple pie layer cake with wondrous results. I would make this again in a heartbeat.
Mexico City. An accidental layover turned into a spontaneous birthday trip for myself and my dad. What a vibrant city. An eclectic mix of modernity and and the old. Still authentic to a tee. Dirt cheap tacos and world class mezcal cocktails. Currently awaiting my next weekend trip to this wonderful city. Skip the beaches and go to CDMX instead.
Porto, what a dream of a city. I loved visiting you so much. You were first my introduction to Portugal - and what an introduction it was! A quaint little city nestled by the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean and the Douro River, producing the best port in the world. The food was out of this world. For someone that knew nothing of Porto prior to visiting, I cannot stop boasting about how wonderful my stay was.
Iceland has been a dream of mine to visit for the past little while and I am so glad I finally got to visit! With tourism increasing every year, it was time to go. I visited over my birthday with two of my girlfriends and it certainly lived up to its expectations - and more. I still don’t think the pictures do justice but judge for yourself! Prepare yourself for a very picture-heavy post on Iceland.
Never thought in a million years that I’d be traveling to Wellington but of course, life trajectories happen and have lead me to this beautiful city. Wellington was the highlight of this trip to the Pacific Islands and I am glad I made the trek out there. Wellington, although small, is completely doable in a day or two. Its best enjoyed starting off the day at one of the many artisanal coffee shops, people watching by the bays and ending with a cocktail or two. One of the most hipster cities I’ve seen as a whole and I loved it all. Read on to find out why!
Bula! Fiji was a spur-of-the-moment add-on to my recent trips to New Zealand and Australia. Featuring a one-night stint, Fiji in a day might not sound doable…but if you’re on this side of the world, why not? Heavenly blue waters, tropical climate and everlasting sunsets, what more could you possibly ask for? More after the jump!
Yangon, Myanmar. A place only opened to tourism a mere six years ago and is still unbeknownst to the Western world. So little is known about the country tourism-wise and you’re stuck reading the same blogs with the same tips. But what else is there to do? I was luckily able to explore and wonder over a couple of days in the old capital of Myanmar and it came as a wonderful surprise after my chaotic tourist-filled stay in Thailand. If you’re wanting a place that is still relatively undiscovered and you can count the number of foreigners on your hand, Yangon just might be the place to visit.
The sprawling metropolitan capital of Rome. What a sight, what a beauty! A city studded so full of ancient monuments and doused in history. But is it possible to visit this city in a mere matter of days? A spontaneous flight purchase and boom, I did it again - another weekend trip! It’s definitely doable but I would advise you to plan accordingly. Rome in 48 hours, the complete itinerary - after the jump!
Bali... Oh, where to start? Such a hot destination for over the past ten years or so. I always dub Bali the new Thailand. Island life, hot tropical weather, exotic fruits, white people everywhere. No, seriously. My posts are always honest and transparent. Did I enjoy Bali? Yes. Did I love it? No. Scenery was breathtaking but I fear that the island is starting to be overrun by tourists and locals wanting to make an extra buck. Read on to find out my honest opinion on Bali.
Ah, Seattle. Grunge. Pacific Northwest. Nirvana. Pike Place. There are so many reasons why people flock to Seattle. For me, it’s a quick 2.5 hour drive away from Vancouver. Like international travel…on a really small scale. Learn about some of my favourite go-to places in this chilled out city after the jump!
Panama City - what a fantastic weekend trip this was which remains vivid in my memory today. And on such a complete whim as well! Panama City is an excellent choice for those who want a bit of culture but don't want to leave the comfort of a big city. It is the most cosmopolitan city in Central America - read on to find out why!