Month: January 2019

Food: Dinner Tonight – Spicy, Ramen, and Sweet Potatoes

My tastes buds are forever set to spices of all types, and although on occasion, I settle for bland, just to flush out the over indulgence – I start searching for that exotic dish, full of robust flavors.  The funny thing is while I take out the ingredients from the refrigerator or the cupboard, those around me waiting for my creation to take shape, always wonder with great curiosity how I know what ingredients work well together. This recipe for example is the perfect combination of ingredients, I know it, because I can taste it virtually 🙂 – those who cook understand what I am mean by virtual tasting. INGREDIENTS 4 strips thick cut bacon, chopped 3 small shallots, thinly sliced into rounds 2 tablespoons sesame or extra virgin olive oil 8 ounces wild mushrooms, torn 1 inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced 8 cups low sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1-2 tablespoons Gochujang (korean chili paste), using more or less to taste 2 small sweet potato sliced into 1/4 inch rounds or half moons 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast 4 squares ramen noodles 4 cups shredded Tuscan kale   {not a fan of …

Boutique Hotel Picks – Stylish Motels In America

Since Airbnb, travelers have opted to stay most anywhere these days – a home in the woods, a tree house, a bungalow, and everything else outside of the normal hotel stay. And I suppose motel chains, or those independently owned have realized, they either need to step it up a bit, or become a thing of the past. And so, the aim to renovate, and promote the chicest of stay for a handful of motels across America, and ones you may want to consider adding to your list – you know the one – where you drive your way across the country. This applies to Americans and tourists alike – check them out: {featured image – Skyview Lodge} {for a list of other properties, go here}

Lifestyle: Is It Really Love…

Or madness – as I read this article listing the 19 best love stories of all times in comparison to modern definition or thinking – about stalking, obsession, and simple criminal behavior. Or do we just chalk it all up to being true love and the measures humans would go to achieve the forbidden ones. How do you know if you are in love or otherwise? 

Food: Dinner Tonight – Beans and Toasted Italian Bread

In Rome, I’ve observed, that most tourists normally opt for pasta or pizza while seated at curbside at any restaurant, aiming for a quick bite in between touring the amazing ancient city. And this is often the case for my travel partner, but not me. I scan the menu for Canoli beans (Fagoli) hopeful it is offered by the restaurant.  And if so, I order the simple dish prepared with olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, served with a slice of toasted Italian bread and enjoy every bite. So guess what I am craving for dinner tonight –  beans not poured over the bread, but rather served with on the side. INGREDIENTS 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 lb. sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed 5 garlic cloves, 3 thinly sliced, 2 finely grated ½ tsp. dried oregano ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes 3 tsp. kosher salt, divided, plus more 1 5-oz. package baby spinach, coarsely chopped  {or in my case, cilantro} 2 15.5-oz. cans white beans, …

Day After A Holiday…

A long weekend tends to throw me off – in that – the confusion of having that extra day to do whatever, makes it very difficult the day after to continue the norm. But here we are, and there’s lots to talk about this week. As I said here, that I planned to watch ROMA last night, which I did and I have to first say, the film won two Golden Globe awards out of three a few weeks ago and is up for a few Oscar nominations – coming our way February 24, 2019: The movie is over two hours long and filmed in black and white to perfectly depict the period the events took place (1970-71). With much detail, Cuarón chronicles the day-to-day life of a maid living with a middle-class family in Roma, Mexico.  Although, the family has its own set of troubles, and the country is in the middle of a revolution about the gaps between those living in the slums and those that are wealthy, the main focus is the …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Lemony Chicken and Orzo

I got a late start today – after waking up at 330 in the morning, to get glimpse of the only blood moon for 2019 – which was more silvery by the coastal San Francisco. But that’s ok. It was a beautiful sight no less – clouds stacked upon clouds, and the full-moon larger than usual, adding the perfect soothing shades to the fluff, glistening over the Pacific. I grabbed a fresh-bought novel from the stack I brought back with me from England, and got back into bed – with dog by my side, I attempted to read, but ended up falling asleep instead – waking up suddenly and realizing I hadn’t shared a subject of interest with all of you this morning. So – first of all – thank you to those who emailed me for a copy of a novel I had written a few years back. Your copy will be in the mail in the next few days. Second, I am jumping right into an easy dinner on this cold San Francisco …

Sunday Edition – Grab A Cup of Coffee and Read On

Don’t you love it, that over the course of the week you make plans for the weekend, and by the time Saturday rolls around, you find yourself lingering in bed, or even getting a slow start to organizing a breakfast outside of an energy bar, or a fruit or a yogurt you grab on your way out the door every single day of the week? Well, that happened to me on Saturday to the point, I stayed in my pajamas and vegged out. I guess my body needed to recoup from something – perhaps the winter blues – or just the fact, I spent a month away from home in December travelling and haven’t yet recovered. This morning, while sitting perched with my back  against my pillows in bed, tapping on my iPad at a paint-by-numbers app I downloaded, hoping to calm my anxiety, which it does, I started thinking about a few topics – which ironically fit in line with a novel I’ve been  working on in a much slower pace than I care …