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Brazilian Cooking Class

As I typically do on all my travels, I signed up for a cooking class as soon as I arrived in Brazil.  It was winter and the weather was a bit dreary during the week I was in Rio de Janeiro.  Cooking classes are a great rainy day activity (although I would do it even … Continue reading

Moqueca Baiana

Moqueca baiana which translates to “Bahian stew” in Portugese is literally that — a delicious Brazilian seafood stew originating from the Bahia state in the Northeast region of the country.  This dish is influenced by African cuisine, which is most noticeable in its use of palm oil.  Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil made … Continue reading

Balinese Cooking Class

Bali is one of the world’s most popular island destinations with its beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, lush rice terraces, cultural and historical attractions, and top diving and surfing spots… this paradise has something for everyone! The first time I traveled to Bali was in 2008 with Natalya, during which we did plenty of the “touristy … Continue reading

Penang Cooking Class

One of the best parts about being in Singapore is… well, how easy it is to get out.  Singapore’s central location in Southeast Asia makes it the ultimate travel hub for quick weekend getaways.  My goal is to travel at least once a month and so far, I’m right on track!  I tend to choose … Continue reading

Lamb and Winter Vegetable Stew

Winter doesn’t really exist in Singapore; it’s ridiculously hot and humid all year round.  That whole equator proximity thing… The seasons we do experience here can be characterized as wet and dry, although the lines are blurred because it can rain even during non-monsoon season.  Which it does… often.  However, when it is monsoon season, … Continue reading

French Onion Soup

With fall upon us, even though the weather is still hot, I’ve been inspired to do more soup recipes. I’ve wanted to make my own French Onion Soup for ages, mostly because I am addicted to cheese (no joke) and it’s always such a satisfying appetizer. My friend Tori and I made this during one … Continue reading

Super Chili

I made this chili for Super Bowl Sunday, and while I am a bit sad the 49ers aren’t playing today, this deliciously hearty bowl of chili has made my stomach very happy! I found two super easy chili recipes on AllRecipes.com that I decided to combine to make my chili: Debdoozie’s Blue Ribbon Chili and … Continue reading

Oxtail Stew

This is one of my favorite dishes that my mother cooks — I always request it when she visits me in NYC.  Oxtail stew is so rich and hearty, and can be very simple to cook, especially if you use Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix like my mother does.  Perhaps one day I will … Continue reading

San Francisco-Style Cioppino

Don’t know what cioppino is?  Neither did I, even though apparently this fish stew originated from where I grew up!  But then again, whenever I dined out in San Francisco, my family only took me to Chinatown so I think I can be excused from this lack of knowledge… oh well now is the time … Continue reading

Ratatouille

If anyone could make the idea of a rat in kitchen an endearing concept, it would have to be Disney.  As long as you didn’t get stuck on the notion of rodents around gourmet food, Ratatouille was a charmingly delightful film that inspired cuisine-challenged people such as myself to seek out what exactly was the … Continue reading