Filipino Chicken Adobo

True story: I spent the first ten days of 2018 without my sense of smell.

I developed a really bad cold that turned into a sinus infection and then one minute I can still smell eucalyptus oil and the next minute, I can’t smell anything.  I had horrible headaches and I was so congested and my nostrils felt raw because I kpet blowing my nose and I was just so, so uncomfortable, but the WORST thing was not being able to smell anything. I couldn’t smell Tiger Balm (it’s like a potent, Asian version of Vick’s Vaporub). I couldn’t smell chopped onions. I couldn’t smell roast chicken. Nothing. Breathing was laborous. Eating felt like a chore, deprived of joy.

December 30, 2017

2017 Best Moments

Here we are again: at the end of another year, reflecting on the best and worst times, and poised to leap forward. For those of you who know me personally and for long-time readers...

Portland, Maine is one of my favorite summer destinations in New England, but last weekend, Matt and I took a trip there and enjoyed the city in its winter wonderland glory. Food & Wine...

Think buttery graham cracker crust, velvety chocolate filling, fluffy espresso and Kahlua mascarpone whipped cream, finished with a generous sprinkling of smoked sea salt. It's perfection.

November 27, 2017

Mini Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These are gluten-free peanut butter cookies with some brown rice crisps for added texture, and mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups for added flavor and instant cuteness.

November 13, 2017

Pecan Pie Eggnog Truffles

The end result are little decadent bites that taste like a cross between chocolate pecan pie and butter pecan ice cream, downed with a glass of smooth eggnog.

Kouign amman (pronounced queen-ah-man) is a French pastry, buttery and flaky like a croissant, with a slightly crunchier and caramelized exterior. I was in San Francisco for a few days and my friends were...

October 20, 2017

What to Pair with Eggnog

Did you know that I grew up celebrating Christmas for three months? That’s right, three months. The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration in the world, with Christmas songs and decors and lights and...

October 16, 2017

NYC Trip 2017

Hello, friends! Sorry for the somewhat erratic posting schedule lately, but the last few weeks have been spectacularly busy for me. I’ve been doing a lot of travelling (went to New York, Chicago, Charlottesville),...