Category Archive: Food

I love this time of the year. There’s a certain point at the beginning of September when the air turns crisp and the boots and scarves come out of storage. Of course it’s also fall harvest with apples, pumpkins, root vegetables and one of my new favs, quince. My friend has a quince tree in […]

Crab, Lobster and Corn Chowder

August 06 , 2015 by Hong - in Food

Although we are smack in the middle of  summer here in Seattle I had a little hankering from some crab and lobster soup. To say that this has been the summer of crab is an understatement. Over Independence day weekend my family and I had our annual Hood Canal gathering and we were very lucky […]

Mango Sticky Rice

April 30 , 2015 by Hong - in Food

Confession: we do Thai take out at least once a week, especially during the summer season when mangoes are abundantly available. And the reason? Mango sticky rice…..ahhhhh. I can seriously eat this every day. Make sure you use “Manila” mangoes. These are much sweeter and have a golden skin. My little yogurt jars I lugged […]

Gruyere Gougere Sliders

April 26 , 2015 by Hong - in Food

Remember when I made those choquettes a couple weeks ago? Well I had the bright idea of setting aside a little bit of that batter and added some gruyere cheese. Ya, I know. Oh. So. Good. Oh but wait…there’s more! I then proceeded to make mini BLT’s! and tuna fish sliders! and meatball sliders! To […]

Sugar Cane Shrimp (Chao Tom)

April 24 , 2015 by Hong - in Food

One of my favorite things to eat when I’m at any Vietnamese restaurant is vermicelli rice noodles. It’s typically served with egg rolls, grilled chicken or pork and if you’re lucky sugar cane shrimp. Similar to egg rolls, they are actually an easy and forgiving recipe, yet a little labor intensive. I’ve always been a […]


April 10 , 2015 by Hong - in Food

Have you heard of chouqettes? They’re a french treat made of the same batter as cream puffs. The difference being that there is no filling and they’re topped with a bunch of pearl sugar. YUM! The key is to make sure you use pearl sugar as they can withstand higher temperatures and you don’t want […]

Flourless Chocolate Cake

April 08 , 2015 by Hong - in Food

One of my most favorite things in the world is chocolate cake. I came across this recipe about a year ago and have attempted it a few times. The first time I failed miserably as I didn’t use a spring form pan. This time it came out imperfectly perfect. I was saving my Belgian chocolates […]

I’m taking a little break from Europe and treating you all to this beautifully delicious recipe to start your weekend. One of my splurge souvenirs while in France was a Laduree cookbook. This book is absolutely breathtaking, which inspired me to get into the kitchen…you can thank me later! Remember when I made these? You […]

Eating and Seeing in Bruges

March 25 , 2015 by Hong - in Food, Places

When I’m visiting a foreign country I love discovering the local eateries. If you haven’t already guessed, my life revolves around eating and photographing. I was quite surprised to experience such great food while we were in Bruges. Our first dinner was at this great Argentinian restaurant just near the town square. My sister in […]

Did you know that the historic city center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? One can understand why after exploring just a small part of the city square. This is where we focused most of our attention for two days. I arrived at the train station early in the afternoon and was able […]

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