Vegan Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

If you’ve been to a Chinese restaurant serving dim sum, then you’ve probably seen the fluffy white steamed buns filled with a sweet and flavorful red-hued pork. This was always my favorite dim sum dish – a bao bun filled with char siu, a Cantonese barbecue roasted pork. I loved the glossy meat that had…

Everything You Need to Know About the New Food Hall in Flushing NYC

I love food halls, especially those that feature a range of international foods all in one place where you can snack tasty bites from around the world without having to leave. I’m always on the lookout for the best food halls in NYC and anytime a new one opens, it definitely catches my interest. Most…

10-Minute Fig & Brie Toast

My inspiration for this toast came from my month stay in Portugal. In the US, fancy toast on restaurants menus is often limited to the ubiquitous avocado toast. Not in Portugal! Many brunch restaurants and coffee shops had multiple fancy toasts on their menus: thick, flavorful bread piled high with veggies, spreads, and eggs with…

How to Visit Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa

JUMP TO… What is it? When should I visit? / What’s the weather? How do I get there? Where can I stay? How much does it cost? What should I bring? What’s there to do? What is Addo Elephant National Park and why should I visit? Addo is one of the 20 national parks in…

Soothing Cold-Relief Beverage with Ginger & Lemon

Have a head cold or flu? A sore throat? Nausea? A hangover? I’ve got you. This soothing cold relief infusion will ease a sore throat, cough, and congestion using all natural ingredients. I’ve been using it for years when I’m sick and it never fails! I use it so often that I couldn’t NOT share…

How to Plan a Month-Long Stay in a Foreign City

Have you ever dreamed of living abroad for a month or more? About two years ago, my spouse and I came up with a life plan. He’s a teacher with 2 months off in July-August, while I work remote and can work from anywhere. We decided that we needed to take advantage of this by…

How to Visit Death Valley

Last updated January 17, 2022 Welcome back world! I have been away for some time…2021 was hectic, I was balancing a lot, and my blog hobby started to feel more stressful than restorative. I was also blanking on content and feeling super uncreative so I took a break. But now things have calmed a bit…

Stovetop Grilled Pineapple Skewers

The weather is getting warmer! I was hoping today would be one of those sunny, warm spring days that makes you crave barbecues, or at least a day that hints that you might consider grilling soon. Instead, I got a dreary, gray, slightly chilly and damp rainy day. But no matter, because these grilled pineapple…

My Oahu Hawaii Top 5

It’s happening, it’s actually happening. Slowly but surely, travel restrictions are lifting and many people are planning for their first trip in a year and a half. Where are you planning to go first? I know where I’m going: Hawaii. Because I’m getting married! And to a Hawaiian, so it only makes sense to have…

Instant Pot Red Red (Ghanian Black-Eyed Pea Tomato Stew)

I’ve wanted to make a dish from West Africa for awhile now, but I admit I’ve been a little intimidated. I’ve tackled some recipes from East Africa and Southern Africa, but West Africa, not yet. Perhaps the reason is that I’m simply less experienced in eating and cooking food for this part of the world,…