If you don’t know what poke is, then you must have been living under a rock under the last decade, or at the very least, the last five years. Poke has exploded all over the coastal cities and its popularity is not even close to slowing down. I regularly spend almost $20 per poke bowl in Vancouver so I finally decided to make my own! My recipe for salmon poke is after the jump!
Potato, patata…frittata? Another one of my favourite things to make due to its flexibility and simplicity: breakfast frittata. You cannot go wrong with making this if you want a meal under 30 minutes or less. An awesome choice for those days when you have unexpected guests coming over for brunch or are pressed for time. What will you throw in your frittata?
If there is something that is quintessentially Nicoise, it would be a pissaladiere. I remember living off of these when I spent two whole weeks in the south of France for the my birthday. Is it a French pizza? Onion tart? French pizza onion tart? You be the judge. The result is deliciously sweet yet savoury and perfect for those days of reminiscing about the French Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea.
Ah… classic eggplant parmigiana. Yes, I’m calling it eggplant parmigiana and not eggplant parmesan because this is the traditional Sicilian way of making this dish and not the bastardization that Americans have made it. What’s the difference, you ask? Find out after the jump!
If there's something I love doing, it's recreating old recipes with new ingredients. Take my amaranth polenta for example - nutty yet nostalgic. Perfectly paired with my roasted rosemary garlic mushrooms for a hearty vegetarian weeknight meal.
“Cabbage soup” - sounds so boring but I couldn't find an appropriate name for this soup. Maybe I should have called this “wrestling soup” which is how I remember it. So many road trips in high school when we feasted on this between matches - oh, how that remains so vividly in my mind! And also how easy it was to replicate this recipe - such an easy soup to whip up too! Recipe after the jump!
Sometimes you are given ingredients which you are uncertain on how to use but leave you inspired to create something delicious! Insert orange blossom water. Like rosewater, but with a orange flavour. My orange blossom olive oil cake doesn't take anytime to make and leaves you with a light dessert that is the perfect to many spring evenings.
Saimin says…make this dish immediately. Saimin, pronounced just like the name “Simon”, is a traditional Hawaiian noodle soup. I suppose you can almost call it a Hawaiian version of Japanese ramen mixed with Chinese tastes. You be the judge - recipe after the jump!
Have you ever used preserved lemon in your cooking? They’re basically lemons that have been preserved a ton of salt. It’s commonly found in African cooking, tagines, and the like. It makes a great addition to salad dressings and vinaigrettes, like the one found in this recipe!
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!
One of the busiest and bustling cities in the world, Hong Kong is a world-class destination. From its food, its sights, its shopping and its culture, Hong Kong has quickly been catapulted to one of my favourite cosmopolitan cities in the world. Even though I was there for a mere 3-day weekend trip, I was quick to fall in love with it. Read on to find out why!
So difficult to pick what destination would be my first post on this section of SIA Around the World. For me, it wasn't about the destination - it was about the hotel! Read all about my dreamy getaway to Jade Mountain in St. Lucia in the Caribbean!