Gluten-free experience with chocolate fondant

So I started gluten free diet a couple of weeks ago, to see how I feel. I certainly felt energetic and more alert in my first week of gluten free diet, until the second week, when I got ill and exhausted after tasting chocolate mixture containing raw eggs used for making a gluten-free chocolate fondant….

De Kas, Amsterdam’s Michelin-starred organic restaurant

As De Kas is recommended in National Geographic’s Food Journeys of a Lifetime as a kitchen garden experience that must be savored when in Amsterdam, I decided to try out this restaurant when I was in town. This is actually a greenhouse restaurant that grows organic produce on site.  The fixed price Mediterranean menu changes…

Whitstable Oyster Festival Opening Day 2017

I went to the opening day of the Whitstable Oyster Festival on Saturday, July 22. The festival started off with blessings of the first catch of oysters by the Church of Canterbury, followed by a procession from the beach to a hotel on the seafront. The day ended with an oyster eating challenge that started…

Eating around Rome

Nothing spectacular about the food in Rome. I had better Italian food elsewhere. Tartufo (chocolate truffle ice cream, pictured in main) at Tre Scalini  Overrated and overpriced for a small tasteless ice cream that was not spectacular enough to warrant it’s price and fame. I will never buy it from this cafe again, nor step…

PHO Kingston

So I had been back in London for about a week when I started to recover from a stomach flu. Craving for something light, I decided to try a new Vietnamese restaurant called PHO in Kingston-Upon-Thames. I had pho tai lan (pictured) and it was decent. I added as much sriracha and chili pepper as I wanted…

Mr. Bao

On Chinese New Year (January 28), I went to Mr. Bao, a Taiwanese eatery in Peckham Rye, London. Compared to Bao in Soho, Mr. Bao has better food, value, service and ambiance (as it is more spacious, relaxing and attractive). The wait staff were very friendly, and even the bill had a personal touch on it. I felt full…

Wally’s Cafe, immortalized in WALL-E

I just came back to London a week ago and I am sorely missing the food at Wally’s Cafe. I definitely will return to this place when I am back in the Bay Area. Situated in Emeryville, a few blocks from Pixar office, like other Pixar employees, I have fallen in love with the food…

Bao in London – is it worth the long queue?

Absolutely not, especially if I come back from a year of hiatus from food writing to write about how crappy most of their food is. After reading rave reviews of this place which was listed as one of the best restaurants in London last year, I thought the wait would be worth it tonight, especially because I didn’t want to…

Anniversary and 30th birthday

I met Tim during my travel in Spain. Today is our first year anniversary and my 30th birthday. I do not remember what I put down on my “30 things to do before turning 30” list. But so far, life is good. To celebrate, we have decided to go to a French restaurant. It is…

Cheap eat in center of Paris

I went to Brasserie de ile st louis (next to Notre Dame) in 2011–this place serves American-sized Alsatian dish with great views for a good deal. I found their drinks and food excellent.

Tilapia with citrus bagna cauda

Yum. I love tilapia with citrusy sauce. I was not about the eat the same old dish twice in two months so I decided to spice it up with a different recipe. Ingredients 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons 4 anchovy fillets, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic 2…

Pasta with steak

Right after I returned to the US from Spain a few weeks ago, I was craving pasta with steak, so I got the “Rigatoni with steak” recipe from Giada’s Family Dinners. I made it with bow-tie pasta instead since that’s what was available in my pantry, and I didn’t add beef broth and parmesan cheese…