Happy Anniversary to my “Initiation” into the Blogging World – my 100th post on “My Notebook”, and my 259th post on my 6 Blogs

Happy Anniversary! Today, there are reasons to celebrate.  It is the first anniversary of my first blog which is from "curiosita to..." As I was new to blogging, I went around to experiment on different themes.  Writing is not really my best attribute, but I love to learn new things, and love challenges.  As traveling... Continue Reading →

Fried Salmon Head and Collar

This post is in response to fellow blogger Sybaritica's Notable Nosh: Grilled Salmon Collar. When I saw his post, I said, there aren't lots of meat there.  But he said "There’s actually quite a bit of meat in the head (a large one anyway".   I can understand this now, because my sister just cooked a... Continue Reading →

Michelle’s Pancake House, Cupertino, California

Michelle's Pancake House 19060 Stevens Creek Blvd Cupertino, CA 95014(408) 517-9886 It was Easter Sunday weekend.  Our party of six went to try out this Chinese dumpling restaurant which is in Cupertino.  When I heard the name Pancake House, I thought it is American pancake!  It is said to be very successful in Los Angeles as well.  We... Continue Reading →

Argentine cuisine – trout, beef, pasta, empanada, sweet snacks and chocolates…

In this South America trip, we were in Argentina for about 8 to 9 days.  Therefore I can say that we did tried quite a bit of everything in terms of Argentine food.  The food was good, but again, I did not notice a lot of traditional Argentine cuisine.  I was most impressed by the... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #19 – Chiliean traditional food “The Pastel de Choclo (Corn Pie)”

In my last post on my South America Trip  #18,  I talked about a very popular Chilean dish Caldillo De Congrio. Even Pablo Neruda wrote an ode to this dish.  As we stayed in Chile for only 3 days, and we lived literally in the National Park, we didn't have a lot of opportunities to go... Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year Banquet

Happy Year of the Snake! I wish all my readers and fellow bloggers a wonderful year of the Snake! I know some of you are really interested in Chinese (Cantonese) cuisine, particularly for those of you are living in an area where not too much Chinese food is offered.  Well, I am lucky to be... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #18 – Chilean Cuisine: “Ode to Caldillo De Congrio ” by Pablo Neruda

"Chilean cuisine stems mainly from the combination of Spanish cuisine with traditional Chilean ingredients, with later influences from other European cuisines, particularly from Germany, Italy,France and the Middle East. The food tradition and recipes in Chile stand out due to the varieties in flavors and colors. The country's long coastline and the Chilean people's relationship with the sea adds an immense array of ocean products to the variety of... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #17 – Brazilian Food and Beverages – Caipirinha, Charrascaria, Brazilian Coffee and Coconut Water

Brazil In Brazil, I learned about a new drink called Caipirinha.  It is alcoholic but made from sugar cane! Here's the description: Caipirinha Caipirinha (Portuguese pronunciation: [kajpiˈɾĩɲɐ]) is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça (pronounced: [kaˈʃasɐ]) (sugar cane rum), sugar and lime.[1] Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage (also known as Pinga orCaninha). Both rum and cachaça are made from sugar cane-derived products. Specifically with cachaça, the alcohol results from the... Continue Reading →

Mushrooms with Garlic and Oyster Sauce (My Recipe: My Best Dish)

Yesterday it was Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Although we often eat out when we celebrate, we usually stay home and cook on Thanksgiving. This year, as always, my sister cooked, for about 30 people. She cooked a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. Although this is not a potluck party, I feel that I should contribute... Continue Reading →

Macarons and Desserts in Bottega Louie, Los Angeles Downtown

This is a conference week. We are now in Los Angeles downtown. After dinner we passed by the Bottega Louie restaurant with a gourmet market, where some French bakery and desserts looked very interesting. We were all attracted by their colorful look. I bought three beignets , one plain, one chocolate and one raspberry, and ate... Continue Reading →

Ahi Tuna Sandwich – Nordstrom Cafe

As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I am a regular at the Nordstrom Cafe. This week, there is a special that I really like. I think it is one of the best specials in this cafe. Here are the ingredients on the menu: Ahi tuna Roma tomatoes Wasabi aioli Ginger sesame slaw Brioche roll... Continue Reading →

Fresh Fish Congee with Dried Scallop — an experimental cooking method…

From Post a Day to Post a Week, and From My Notebook to Food for Thought I have been neglecting my foodblog for a while, because I posted primarily on another blog My Notebook in the past month, usually in response to the weekly photo challenge. I was also trying to post a day, but could... Continue Reading →

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