Does anybody agree with me that Korean banchan is the best? They’re the little side dishes that came before your meal that you refrain from eating all of because you don’t want to fill up on them. This one, however, keeps things light. Kangnamul, Korean mung bean sprout salad, packs a punch with an umami-laden dressing with fresh, crunchy sprouts and tons of pungent garlic. Yum!
Anyone remember Dad’s Cookies? I loved those cookies growing up. In fact, my dad still buys those and always has them in stock whenever I go over to his place. They are store-bought, however, so I thought, “Why not make my own version?”. So, here we go: the first version of the classic oatmeal raisin cookie.
What do you guys like better? Potato, egg, or tuna salad? What about all three combined into one? That’s exactly what I did after trying the tuna and potato salad at Ox Bar in Calgary. It’s perfect on its on or with a side of crusty bread. Creamy and smoky, you’ll have cravings for this long after summer is gone.
I think the easiest salads are just packed full with herbs. I’m not a fan of leafy green salads so substituting bunches of fresh herbs for lettuce seemed like a great idea. So much flavour for just a few dollars. I’ve bulked up this salad with some grated carrot and bulgur wheat and topped with feta cheese and toasted almonds. So good.
Pesto is my favourite pasta sauce by far. It’s so easy to make and can be made from a multitude of ingredients. This time, I tried using watercress and roasted hazelnuts with fabulous results. The slightly peppery and very nutty combination of the two ingredients worked wonders and went down easy at Diner en Blanc Vancouver this year. Not bad for a 5 minute recipe!
Does anybody ever remember eating Peak Freans as a kid? Those little sandwich cookies with the candied jam in the middle? I used to love those. They always had those at the doctor’s office for some reason. I was in a nostalgic mood so I decided to whip these little thumbprint cookies up. Such a crowd pleaser and goes great with tea.
The best part about a late summer is harvesting all the vegetables and herbs that summer brings. Zucchini, tomatoes, kale, basil…all these delicious vegetables folded into some tricolour quinoa. A filling salad to use up those late summer harvest vegetables - quick and ready in a pinch!
Summer may be ending but my summery soba noodle salads are still going strong. Hiyashi chuka is the answer for when you are feeling like something light and refreshing but still need that carb-y goodness to fill you up. The ingredients are so interchangeable in this recipe but this one is pretty deluxe and stays traditional. Get your bowls ready!
Why has it taken me this long to write a banana bread post? I really don’t know, especially since I am constantly baking loaves each month. Here’s my ever-evolving recipe! Although I’ve got it down to a science now…
Chiang Mai, the northern part of Thailand. What can I say about you? Well, firstly, you were better than Bangkok. You were (literally) cooler than Bangkok. And your food was great too! I had seen many temples by this point so the only main draw for me was seeing the elephants. Was it worth it? You’ll have to read after the jump!
Warning: picture-heavy post. VERY picture-heavy. Lisbon. What a dream of a city! Definitely my favourite city of all-time. The orange-covered rooftops, countless natas, and copious amounts of wine! A very walkable (yet hilly) city, I had so much wandering the streets without knowing where I was going. Every street corner was Instagrammable and the people were so friendly. I hope to return to this wonderful city one day.
Not going to lie, I’ve never been interested in Puerto Rico…not until Despacito came out and I became obsessed with Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi. But since I needed a weekend getaway, I thought “Why not Puerto Rico?”. There was this beautiful new hotel opening in the ritzy Condado district that I just needed to check out so…I booked my flight. And the rest is (recent) history.
Malta, I’ve been dreaming about you since last year. You see, I was supposed to go to Malta last year but due to complications, I wasn’t able to go and went to Rome instead. Since then, I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. Fast forward to 2019, I was planning a trip to Europe and to be honest, I knew I had to make it happen. And I am beyond ecstatic with how pleasant my stay was. It was all a dream - and a damn well good one.
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.