• Alboraya Horchata Big Bang
    Libations

    That’s Gold, darling! Horchata Series: Part I

    ‘That’s Gold, darling!’ he exclaimed upon tasting a sample of the drink. So…who am I talking about? What is he drinking? And why am I opening up my blog post with a Spanish quote? He is James I of Aragon (d. 1276),  who according to Valencian urban-legend*, was in a Spanish town called Alboraya **, for some reason… ***, when he came across an insanely delicious drink called ‘horchata’. And he clearly liked it! The English translation in it’s original Valencian is  ¡Açò és Or, xata!  Or, xata —– > orzata —- > horchata. I highly doubt my first horchata encounter will similarly become centuries-old lore**** , but I’m going to share it with you…

  • Grilled Watermelon Top View
    BBQ

    Grilled Watermelon with Burrata

    Credit where credit is due. I owe my culinary discovery of grilled watermelon to my good friends Ed & Eka. They sure know how to throw a mean party.* The type an immaculately detail-oriented Martha Stewart would be proud of. So cue my initiation to a life-changing grilled watermelon experience during early Summer 2016. Warning – once you try this there is no going back.  It’s like a B.C / A.D type transformation when it comes to watermelon-eating. Really it is sooooo delicious. All this to say…. Thomas turned our mini-watermelon into a truly stunning dish last night, and I want to relive it with you**! He went with a super classic…

  • Tajine from Chambar Restaurant
    Restaurants

    Sunday Brunch at Chambar

    Located in a micro-hood called Crosstown*, Chambar is an award winning and long-standing ‘Belgian spiced with North African’ themed bistro. It’s stunning inside. They serve delicious food and boast a huge Belgian beer selection. There really is nothing quite similar to Chamber in this regard, which makes going there a unique experience. I like that. So we impulsively went there for Sunday brunch. (Brunch Menu for the curious). Thomas (the boyfriend) ordered the Fricassée (Braised short ribs, balsamic cipollini onions, potatoes, watercress, fried eggs, applewood smoked cheddar) and I ordered the Tajine (Spicy merguez sausage, saffron tomato stew, fried pita, raita, poached eggs, fresh herbs). Both were delicious but if…