Lentils with Corn and Nectarine

Last weekend, my friends and I took a trip to Warwick, NY to visit the great outdoor. While there, we stopped by some farms and picked up some fresh corn and nectarine. And they were so good! The corn was sooooo sweet that it felt like a dessert. And the nectarine was so juicy and…

Roasted Fennel, Carrot, Beet

This week’s CSA is the first time for fennels! I know it’s a hard vegetable to figure out what to eat with but I recently roasted it and it’s surprisingly very good. It softens it without losing the taste. I used beets and carrots but you can add potato or tomatoes and it’ll offer some…

Breakfast Quinoa

After spending the whole winter making overnight oats, I’m venturing out for other breakfast options that can be prepped ahead. I used to have arugula egg salad sandwich that I thought it might be interesting to use egg on quinoa with veggies as something to prep ahead.

Cherry Jam with no pectin

Summer is back and we are picking our CSA in Astoria again with Harvest Astoria! This year, we started a little late but our first fruits arrived this week! I was so excited for strawberries but I’ll have to pass them for some amazing cherries.

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…

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.

Day 2 Grapefruit, Chickpea, and Quinoa Salad

I love citrus in salad but I wouldn’t say grapefruit is my favorite citrus. Blood orange or even tangerine are a better option with less bitter taste. However, grapefruits are very good to balance a very savory meal. Since it was meatless Monday, I chose to cook MorningStar Farm’s Italian Herb Chik Patties, which are…

Astoria Flea Market

It’s a long weekend in Astoria, Queens! That means early dismissal and completely disconnecting from work! Saturday was a beautiful day with a rainy afternoon, spent in Brooklyn catching up with friends, which is the best way to spend Saturdays. Brunching in Brooklyn.

LIC Flea Market Opening Weekend 2014

Sure, flea market is not the correct term used for events like this. But calling it LIC Open Market for Expensive Food and Tinkeries doesn’t ring the same bell. It’s quite long and cumbersome to roll off the tongue. From stall to stall, I enjoyed viewing different food, reading ingredients, looking at the colors, the…

Veggie Chik Lettuce Cup

Meatless Mondays started out as a way for my boyfriend and I to have dinner together instead of eating out or working late. We also found it as a good habit to have for our quest to maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle.

9 Places I Tried in 2013

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of 13 restaurants I needed to try this year. I find making these lists really help me to explore different areas of New York. Unfortunately, I only made it through 9 places but they were all very good places, worth checking out.

Baking As A Form of Therapy

My mother used to tell me that cooking isn’t a man or a woman’s job. It’s a person’s job. It is in everyone’s personal interest to learn to cook and feed oneself and not be dependent on going to the restaurant or fast food (in truth, my mother always had the fear that someone would…

A Midsummer’s Night at the Greenmarket

It hasn’t quite been midsummer yet but the sweltering slosh of heat and humidity awashes the city, making fatigue and temper run high. Too hot to hang out at crowded event, too humid for outdoor bars. But I couldn’t resist the ticket to attend the Greenmarket’s free Night Market in Union Square. I found the…

A Weekend of Food at LIC & Celebrating Bastille Day

It was another hot and humid weekend, a heathen summer, thus far. I can count the many hours the heat has hindered me and held me down to slumber. This weekend was not going to be another wasted weekend.

Food I couldn’t live without

When I joked to my boyfriend that he may be allergic to dairy, the Italian in him vehemently protested. “Life is not worth living without cheese,” he bemoaned dramatically. It had me thinking, what would be the food I couldn’t live without? I love food but I have 2 allergies that prevent me from eating…

Chili Basil Shrimp

I’ve run out of food in my refrigerator! All I had was a measly bag of shrimp, some fish, and chicken, and some really bad vegetables. I went to my balcony and saw basil and researched some idea and found a simple enough recipe.