• Food

    5 Tips For Conquering Your Recipe “White Whale”

    Pixabay (CC0 Licence) For most cooks, there is one recipe that they just can’t seem to get right. It doesn’t matter how many times they try, or how brilliantly the rest of their cooking efforts tend to go, there’s always one: their white whale.  If you, like so many others, have a white whale recipe, then here are a few tips that could help you overcome it once and for all…    #1 – Change your recipe Recipes are essentially a list of instructions and nothing more; the true finesse comes from the skill of the cook. However, if you have followed a particular recipe before and been disappointed with…

  • Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice


    Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice

    I’ve been holding on to this recipe post until we were closer to fall since it is so perfect for fall. Well, the weather is still on the warm side most days but we’re getting in to the second half of September so I thought I might as well share it now! This is one of those recipes from Pinterest that are 100% a success. It is so good! I’ve made it multiple times last fall and winter and I can’t wait to make it again this fall. I used this recipe and followed it. The only note I have is that I cooked it for a little less time…

  • Chef Yang's 46 - Sesame Chicken


    Chef Yang 46

    A few weeks ago I was invited to dine at Chef Yang 46 , a gourmet Chinese restaurant in Clifton, NJ. I was sent a tasting menu to give me an idea of my choices for appetizers, entrees, etc and I enlisted a friend to go with me for dinner. We went last Sunday and when we were seated menus were placed on our table. Like regular menus. So when the waiter came for our drink order, I asked if we were supposed to order from the tasting menu I was sent and he said I could or I could order anything I want. Since the tasting menu looked like a…

  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich


    Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

    I survived the first week back to school! It actually went pretty smoothly, but it was tiring especially with all my condo stress, but it’s the weekend and I’m off to a photoshoot with Lauren today. Then I’m off to do some home renovation shopping. I am not making or eating this slow cooker bbq pulled pork sandwich today, but I am showing it to you because it would be the perfect late summer meal or even for game day as football season is upon us. I pretty much followed the recipe that is linked above. The things I did differently were that I used pork shoulder instead of pork…

  • Salted Lime - Pork Carnitas


    Restaurant: Salted Lime

    For months my friends had been raving about a relatively new Central/South American restaurant nearby called Salted Lime. I hadn’t gone with them the times they went so on my birthday a few weeks ago a little group of us decided to go. One of my friend’s birthdays is a few days before mine and since we don’t all get to see each other very often we used our birthdays as a reason to get together for dinner. The restaurant did not disappoint and I’ve actually been there twice now in less than a month! Here are a few photos of what I had when I went the first time…

  • Shrimp Po Boy


    Popcorn Shrimp Shrimp Po’ Boy

    I am almost all packed up and moved out of my townhouse. It’s very bittersweet and I felt probably every emotion in the range of emotions yesterday. This morning I just have to pack up a few little things and my bathroom things and I’m out. Of course, as mentioned in previous posts, my furniture is staying here until I move in to my condo and then I’m going to (hopefully) get a moving company to move those. It’s a really weird feeling, but I’m trying to stay positive and think about the fun I’ll have decorating my new place. But I try not to think about that too much either because then…

  • Food,  Health

    The Motivation To Eat Well

    According to Epicurus, food should be a pleasure of every moment. The founder of the school of philosophy dedicated to the research of happiness and the absence of pain, Epicureanism, is the first to admit that eating satisfies not only a biological need but also a desire. However, Epicurus was a man who believed in exercising sobriety and moral to his wishes. Indeed, if you want food to remain a pleasure, you need to eat smartly and moderately.  Unfortunately, nowadays, our relationship to food has become difficult with the abundance of junk foods high in fat and sugar, and the constant worry to meet beauty standards. We tend to eat…

  • Grilled Spinach & Cheese Sandwich


    Grilled Spinach & Cheese Sandwich

    It’s my first day back to work today. To say I’m less than thrilled that my summer break is over would be an understatement. But, it will be nice to get two paychecks a month again so there’s that. In more exciting news, I got the all-clear to wear contacts again from my eye doctor! And I had my first laser treatment on my face yesterday (a blog post on that coming this weekend)! And I got accepted in to RewardStyle thanks to an influencer friend’s referral! All that good news aside, let’s talk about today’s topic – grilled cheese. But not just regular grilled cheese – grilled cheese with…

  • Chicken Noodle Soup


    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Another soup recipe today. Last time, I posted about the copycat lemon chicken orzo soup despite it being summer and I’m at it again. Despite the hot temperatures, it does rain and storm a good bit in the summer and sometimes you just want something comforting no matter what the temperature outside so I’m sharing this homemade chicken noodle soup recipe I found on Pinterest that I’ve made before. I followed the recipe except I didn’t use any lemon juice so click the link above for the exact recipe details. For this soup, I chopped up some celery, carrots, and onion. Then, I started to cook them in my dutch oven…

  • La Mar - Limena

    Food,  Travel

    San Francisco Eats

    Now that I’ve wrapped up my recaps of each of my days on vacation in San Francisco, I’m sharing what I ate on my trip! I didn’t take photos of every single meal because things like breakfast and snacks get repetitive. Below you’ll see the breakdown by day and meal and I’ll link to the restaurant if I can! Tuesday Dinner We arrived in time for dinner on Tuesday and went to Tratto for dinner. It didn’t look too crowded inside and the menu looked good. The hostess said it would be a 3 hour wait without a reservation! But we were able to sit at the high top tables without…