First Dublin Stop: The Old Jameson Distillery

After a six hour flight from Chicago, we landed in Dublin. It was 2AM Central Time, but 8AM Dublin time. There was no time to sleep; we simply had too much to see and do in Ireland. It was a wet and rainy morning in Dublin, but fortunately for us, there was not much traffic so we could practice driving on the "wrong" side of the street with ease. And in Dublin and Ireland, it's always … [Read more...]

Review: Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza in Chicago

On our journey to Ireland, Nicole and I took the Amtrak from St. Louis to Chicago. We left at 6:40 am and arrived in Chicago at 12:30 pm. We were starving and very thirsty by the time we arrived at Union Station in Chicago. It was poor planning on our part. We didn't pack any water for the train ride, because we both were anticipating the "no water allowed" rule for the airplane trip. And … [Read more...]

Ireland – A Beautiful but Rainy Vacation

My most recent travels took me to Ireland, the land of saints and scholars, four-leaf cloves and leprechauns, and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. I found an amazing Groupon Getaway deal that offered 9 days, 7 nights in Southern Ireland. For only $1,100, I was offered round trip airfare, my car rental for the entire trip, and all of my hotels covered. What an amazing deal! The … [Read more...]

Sup Mang Cua – Asparagus and Crab Soup

Sup Mang Cua, or Vietnamese Asparagus and Crab Soup, has always been one of my favorite soups, and a cherished childhood memory. Growing up, my mom would always make this soup on Sunday mornings. It was our lunch after we got home from Mass. This soup is easy to make, and it offers a lot of versatility in terms of what you put in it. When I was younger, we didn’t always have fresh asparagus on … [Read more...]

Ginger Lemongrass Snails with Chiles (Oc Luoc)

This weekend, I am in Denver, Colorado visiting my friend, Steven. My good friends, the Vagabloggers, Josh and Meisha, decided to make a pitstop to Denver on their way up to explore the Northwest. We went to the coolest Asian supermarket here in Denver and found live snails! Visiting the rice paddy fields in Vietnam and handpicking snails with my cousins is a fond memory that I have of my … [Read more...]

How to Toast Almonds

Roasting almonds is amazingly easy and quick. It deepens the flavor, offering a more robust and complex taste. If almonds aren't in your normal diet, you should add them in. Almonds are a superfood, packed with monounsaturated fats ("good fats"), known for lowering your cholesterol and decreasing your risk of heart disease. These healthy nuts are also packed full of essential nutrients and … [Read more...]

The Road to Tulsa

Road trips make me super happy, so does traveling. Two weekends ago, I was getting the itch to go somewhere. It had been over a month since I had taken a trip - I know, the horror! It had been close to 30 days since I had left St. Louis! As I am a huge HANSON Fan - a Mmmboppin' lifelong, dedicated fan - I have always wanted to see Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hanson's hometown. Actually, I've wanted to … [Read more...]

Seared and Roasted Quail with Marsala Sauce

I love quail and keep it stocked in my freezer. From my local grocery, I buy a package of four frozen quails - though wish I had access to fresh quail - and keep it on hand, thawing the day before I'm ready to cook. Seared and then roasted quail makes an easy supper to impress your friends and family. You can make this dinner in under 30 minutes, though I definitely recommend you take at least … [Read more...]

Red Wine Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

I had the best lobster and shrimp risotto the other evening at dinner, so I have been craving a really good bowl of homemade risotto. Since I don't have lobster or shrimp on hand, I decided to create a risotto recipe using what I had in my fridge - asparagus (fresh), peas (frozen), garlic, onion, parsley, and cheese. I always keep wine on hand, and I had just about a cup of leftover red wine left … [Read more...]

Pho Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

When you think of Vietnamese food, what comes to mind? Let me guess . . . is it Pho? The Japanese are known for their Sushi; the Koreans for Kim Chi; and the Vietnamese for Pho. Pho is considered the national dish of Vietnam. It’s a Vietnamese noodle soup that can be made from beef or chicken. In the United States, Pho Bo (the beef version of this famous dish) is more popular and more … [Read more...]

My Obsession with Vietnamese Cuisine

As you'll notice on my blog, I do quite a bit of Vietnamese cooking, and I share many of my favorite Vietnamese recipes. The reason? Simple. I am a purebred Vietnamese girl. I was born in a small village near the sea in South Vietnam, and came to the United States when I was in Elementary School. Growing up as first generation Vietnamese girl was difficult, acceptance hard to come by, but … [Read more...]

WTFudge is “Hungry Wanderlust?”

Since I was a little girl, I've wanted to travel around the world. Unfortunately, it costs lots of money to be able to travel globally. … [Read more...]