wino wednesday

wino wednesday

Greetings from DC! I'll be hanging out on the east coast for 18 days, visiting family & friends, attending a ball (fancy pants that I am), and going to my sister-in-law's wedding in Pennsylvania. All of which I am very, very excited about, though I must say that LA has spoiled me. Rain and thunderstorms?! … Continue reading

simple supper

simple supper

While I love roasting a bird or crafting a batch of quinoa sliders from scratch, my favorite suppers are the ones that come together rather unintentionally and without fuss. I'm usually pretty good at planning out a dinner menu in advance, but sometimes, like everyone, I get caught up in the day's activities and arrive … Continue reading

shrimp al fresca

shrimp al fresca

If you ever find yourself in Silver Spring, MD and rather hungry, head to Adega, a great little resto overlooking an enormous stretch of AstroTurf filled with sunbathers, frisbee-throwing twenty-somethings, scary youths, and friendly families. I know, I can't believe I'm recommending a place that's remotely near youths, but this eatery is totally worth it. … Continue reading

wino wednesday

wino wednesday

When not guzzled down or carelessly inhaled, wine-drinking can transport you to to a sort of story-book landscape. The locale is completely determined by your own memory banks, smell and cognition scientifically at work, while fantasy runs free. And this 2011 Albero Monastrell does indeed deliver on the fantasy front.

chinese carbonara

chinese carbonara

One of the best things about growing up an American is the variety of foods available. We are so spoiled! In most places in the U.S. you have access to a full range of cuisines – Lebanese, Vietnamese, Armenian, you name it. With an Asian mother and a Southern father, our family dinner table was … Continue reading

wino wednesday

wino wednesday

I have an affinity for all things French. It's no secret that j'adore French macarons, French designers (if only I could afford real Isabel Marant instead of copy-cats! Ouf!), and mostly, French food and culture. Which is one in the same, really. So it makes total sense that j'adore French wine, as well. Yes, even … Continue reading

salmon steaks with odori

salmon steaks with odori

Odori is a recent discovery of mine, and safe to say, my latest obsession. Frances Mayes introduced it to me, by way of her book, Bella Tuscany. I came across her recipe for it at just the right time; I was getting hungry but was uninspired by everything in my cooking repertoire. Odori, which translates … Continue reading

wino wednesday

wino wednesday

Number one reason to buy this wine: it's $2.99. Second reason: it's quite good. Third reason: it's good cheap wine! Great on its own or used in sangria. Or served to your aunt – the one that puts ice cubes in her wine. Truly, sometimes you just need an easy-going, I'm-not-trying-too-hard wine to unravel with. … Continue reading