Quick Bites: Nicoise Salad from Taverna

Let me start by saying that I’ve been craving this salad two days after having it. Yes, it was that good. Crunchy haricot verts, roasted fingerling potatoes, Nicoise olives, a ...

Quick Bites: 85 Degree Bakery

85 Degree Bakery is a “pick as you go” type of bakery serving a multitude of different asian baked goods. The taro buns are the best! What’s even more convenient ...

Quick Bites: Ten Ren’s Tea Time

I always have craving for boba and Ten Ren’s has not only boba but sea salt snow ice! Make sure to add pudding to your boba, trust me you won’t ...

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Quick Bites: India’s Restaurant

One way to judge a restaurant is by their cuisine’s common dish, ...

Quick Bites: Bowl of Pho

If you love noodles, broth, meat and vegetable as much as I ...

Quick Bites: Extraordinary Desserts

These are the best desserts in San Diego! You walk in, choose ...

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Bento Box: Ayeh

So I finally took the big step and moved to California to pursue some dreams of mine (YAY!). Although it has only been 2+ weeks that I’ve been here, I’ve already been able to try some amazing dishes that I wanted to share for those planning to venture to the golden coast. I’ll coin this […]

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In the Kitchen: Savory Mustard Sauce for Stone Crabs

This is one of my favorite times of the year, stone crab season! With the start of the season on October 15th, I had to visit my favorite place for stone crabs, Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant. Celebrating their 100th year anniversary, Joe’s Stone Crab is as iconic restaunt in South Beach, a place where locals […]

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Quick Bites: Pondahan Fusion Cafe Bar and Restaurant

This is Okoy (or Shrimp Vegetable Tempura for all you non-Filipinos) from Pondahan Fusion Cafe Bar and Restaurant in the West Covina area of SoCal. Dip it in the vinegar and I swear it’s as if I never moved away from home! YUM! -Ayeh @_ayeeeh Pondahan Fusion Cafe Bar and Restaurant 535 California Ave West […]

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Quick Bites: Hae Jang Chon

Hae Jang Chon is a Korean joint that provides all-you-can-eat BBQ cooked on a stone grill. And as an FYI, it’s open until 2am everyday… just saying. -Ayeh @_ayeeeh Hae Jang Chon 3821 W. 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90020 +Facebook

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The Best of Brunch: Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering

I stumbled upon a great lunch spot in Coral Gables last week called Whisk. It is nestled around the corner of Sunset Place, but could easily be missed. Whisk has a nice Southern flare to it. Drinks and cocktails are served in cute mason jars. It reminded me of a low-key version of Yard Bird. […]

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Quick Bites: Taverna San Marco

These peach empanadas are by far the best dessert empanadas I’ve ever eaten. Crispy on the outside, lightly powdered with sugar and delicious peach cooked to perfection on the inside. Not too sweet, even with the caramelized white ganache that they lay on. Top them off with whipped cream and you’ll order 2 more… I […]

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The Best of Brunch: Baa, Baa Black Sheep

When it comes to indulging a little, brunch is the perfect meal to do it. After multiple recommendations from my new coworkers, Mark and I finally got around to trying Black Sheep. The restaurant is located in the 5 Points area of Jacksonville and is easily one of the most popular. With multiple floors and […]

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Fall Favorite: Avocado Milk Shake

Avocado season is one thing to look forward to when Summer ends. And there’s no better way to welcome Fall then with a creamy rich avocado milk shake. I am spoiled to have a backyard where I can easily pick my avocados fresh from my avocado tree and patiently wait for them to ripen. Different […]

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Italian Culinary Experience with Vero Italian

On behalf of Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately owned wine producer, we were invited to taste a preview of downtown Miami’s latest restaurant Vero Italian. It is slated to open in a couple of weeks and downtown Miami is in for a treat.  Although no official menu has been created, here is a sample […]

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Spotlight on Orlando: Sapporo Ramen

When I was living in Orlando, I had roommates who lived in Japan for a few years and raved about the awesomeness that is ramen. Unfortunately for us Floridians, ramen was a rare sighting having to resort to the – dare I say – grocery store brand that should be banned from even being called […]

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