Fun times were had when my friend Karen invited me over for a pasta-making party. Yes, you read that right. PASTA PARTY! We made a number of pastas including this fun little number. What happens when a bunch of food nerds combine their powers, knowledge of food, killer ingredients and wine together? You get this wonderful dish: creamy garlic, Boursin and morel fusilli. Drool.
Sorry guys, but Brazilian stroganoff is far superior than the stroganoff you might be used to. It’s far from the Americanized version and features a thick tomato-cream gravy and topped with shoestring potatoes or fries. Yeah, I’m not kidding. It’s some seriously delicious stuff. Can’t wait to try the real thing in Brazil one day!
Ahhhh…I can’t believe how fast I fell in love with this recipe. So simple, so satisfying. Pasta + cream + lemon. LOVE. This recipe demonstrates how with just a few ingredients you can make something super delicious in a pinch. Pair with a crisp glass of buttery chardonnay or a light pinot noir and grab your boyfriend…total date night material!
It’s been a while since I last made a noodle salad. The summer can get pretty hot and you don’t exactly want to down a bowl of hot broth (well, unless you’re me!). But this noodle salad is lightened and bulked up with the addition of zucchini noodles and tons of fresh herbs and vegetables. Dressed in a spicy vinaigrette, you’ll be wanting more of this all summer long.
Creating a menu for a weekend trip getaway can be tricky sometimes when you’re traveling with a group. Stick with the tried and true and go with a cream pasta. This miso cream rotini is packed full of tender cremini mushrooms and spinach - super flavourful and umami-packed. Make sure you make extra as we gobbled this up throughout the evening and onto breakfast the next morning!
You simply cannot have breakfast without eggs. Bacon and sausage I can do without but you absolutely must have some kind of hash to accompany those runny eggs! This classic rosemary hash is a complete cinch to make and is a definite crowdpleaser.
Looking for a party-pleasing salad to bring to your next picnic? Skip out on the kale slaw salad mix and opt for this super flavourful basmati rice salad. It’s packed with protein and tons of vegetables that will leave you feeling full and energized. Recipe after the jump!
Rajmaaaa, a delicious vegan red kidney bean curry. I’m not sure I know what the exact flavour of rajma masala is. I think I’ve only had a version of it once before at the Rice ‘n Spice in the food court across from my office. But the technique I used to make this curry really made it exceptional. Find out what made it stand apart from the rest after the jump!
Who is a fan of rice pudding? Not me! Er, well, it’s not something I ever grew up with or have ever craved. But when impromptu girls nights happen and the theme is Indian, you whip up an Indian-style rice pudding. I present to you: kheer.
I think I’m pretty much obsessed with green pastas. It’s just the best way of eating pasta without feeling super guilty about it. I mean - who am I kidding - do I ever feel guilty after eating pasta? No. But with my veggie-packed dishes, you won’t ever regret having a few bowlfuls of this.
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.