Ligurian Minestrone

Having recently returned from Italy, I had such an eat-ploration that it would be remiss if I didn’t share some new recipe I garnered from the local Bogliascans.

Dandelion Pork Dumplings

Summer officially starts for me when Harvest Astoria begins and a fresh batch of veggies comes pouring in! Well, technically, I have to go pick it up but it’s so great to actually have fresh veggies.


One dinner at Lincoln Ristorante by Lincoln Center, we ordered aperitif that was orangecello instead of the typical limoncello. It wasn’t our first time having a different type of sweet liqueur. In fact, our first trip to Florence, I had bought meloncello and fragocello (strawberry). I had never thought to make it until I ran…


Living in a Greek neighborhood, you learn to appreciate octopus as an appetizer. It’s rare to go to a Greek restaurant without ever ordering a grill octopus. It’s expensive but at least, not as expensive as in the city. Astoria is great for that: great food at decent price.

I Heart Victorian Sponge Cake

I’ve heard a lot about Victorian sponge cake since I love many historial romance but I don’t believe I’ve had one until my recent layover at Heathrow. It was 6AM but I had been up for 6 hours from a connecting flight and saw this beautiful frostless cake. I hate frostings so I gravitated towards…

Tom Yum Soup with Kale and Shrimp

Mr. D (aka David with an E) decided that he wanted to go on a mostly gluten-free diet. Knowing him (and many of the men in my life), I didn’t expect he’d be eating well cooked meals unless you consider yogurt 3x a day, awell cooked meal. So I decided to help out by preparing…

Tuna Tartare to Ring the New Year

It’s the end of the year again and I’m back in NYC, avoiding the crowds to have an intimate and quiet dinner whilst watching “You’ve Got Mail”. After indulging a bit much for the holiday travels, I wanted to keep a simple and light meal.

Tempura Shrimp & Vegetables

Boxing Day, which is typically a British holiday in which you open Christmas gifts, arrived quite warmly, cool breeze and partly cloudy weather. It is a rest day but we are invited to have lunch at an ex-UNEP employee’s home near Karura Forest.

Summer Squash Pancakes with Swiss Chard Salad

Sunday brunch at home was mostly trying to figure out what to do with all our CSA. It’s accumulated for the past 3 weeks and there were a total of 6 squash that I had to go through. I made a batch of baked zucchini frites yesterday, which are always amazing but I needed a…

Day 30: Veggie Burger Salad

Here’s to the end of my 30 days of salad challenge! Who knew I could make 30 different type of salads, some of which I enjoyed…some of which I could improve.

Day 29: Beets, Garlic Scape, and Quinoa Salad

This is the first time I’ve ever encountered garlic scape in person. I’ve heard it talked about, cooked with, and praised. I’ve just never bought one or seen one at the supermarket.

Day 28: Poached Egg Kale Salad

Nothing says weekend like breakfast in bed. CSA had included white kale and I really wanted to try this new recipe that my boyfriend got at Mar’s restaurant, kale and pickled eggs. I only started to pickle eggs the previous night so I decided to replace with poached egg for a breakfast meal.

Day 27: Fruit Salad

Friday tends to be my busiest day in the week. Meetings at work and meetings with friends and dinner. But the latter is always the best part of the day. Especially since this past Friday, I got to have Korean lunch at Hanjan with a dear friend I hadn’t seen in almost 3 years. So…

Day 26: Pho Cabbage Salad

I love soups in the summer despite the heat and humidity. I always could go for a bowl of pho or ramen. So I decided to make a salad with a “thin” broth.

Day 24: Ramen Cabbage Salad

Another long work day. For a quick salad meal, I opted to my favorite dish. Ramen. Instead of making it as a soup, I decided to stir fry it over lots of cabbage.

Day 23: Swiss Chard Salad Pizza

Today was my first day as a freelancer again! It was a long work day that by the time I came home, it was getting late. What better way for a quick dinner than a Boboli pizza with salad and no cheese.

Day 22: Lemongrass Curry Swiss Chard

It’s a new week of salad and I wanted to start fresh. After finally figuring out that swiss chard is not a veggie I can eat raw, I decided to cook it up and serve it with a light curry sauce.

Day 21: Swiss Chard Wrap

Friday nights, I allow myself to indulge from my home cooking by eating out. Astoria has been growing its restaurant listings so I tend to stick around home base where I found this amazing Italian restaurant called Vesta.

Day 20: Hoisin Shrimp Salad

Well, it’s another Friday in the office. This dish, due to the daikon, had quite a smell so I took it out to eat in the bleeding sun, burning onto the gray concrete. Where is a shade when you need one during lunch? Oh, right behind that cheesy Melt shop.