One-Pan Alaskan Halibut and Veggies

As a Foodie and Runner, my post-workout meals have to be delicious while giving me the necessary nutrients to stay healthy and recover efficiently.

I’ve cooked and tried a wide range of recipes. One meal that I tried which stood out the most this year and have cooked repeatedly is Tasty’s “One-Pan Salmon and Veggies.” I adapted this recipe with my favorite type of fish, Alaskan Halibut, and followed the recipe accordingly by doubling the serving size. Not only was this easy and fast to make but also delicious and healthy with a balance of carbs, protein and veg as well as use of whole foods.

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French Cuisine in Napa Valley: The French Laundry

Like any foodie and fan of Chef Thomas Keller, The French Laundry has been at the top of my list of Michelin star restaurants. After fully paying off one of my student loans, I decided to take the plunge and treat myself by joining my “Foodie” BFF and a group fellow foodies in SF for Chef’s Tasting Menu at The French Laundry in Yountville in Napa Valley, CA.

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Many Treasures of Tasty Pot

Married to a Taiwanese guy, I discovered the fun and deliciousness of Hot Pot. So when Hubby told me that we would be going out with our Taiwanese couple friends for Hot Pot, I expected going to someone’s home for some fun, communal cooking. I even asked Hubby if we should drop by the Asian market to bring anything.  He laughed and said that we were going to a restaurant for Hot Pot and that this isn’t new to him but will be for me.
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Udon at Omen A Zen

When I’m in the mood for Udon, I love going to Omen A Zen in Soho in New York City. Introduced by a good friend who is an expert on Japanese food, Omen A Zen serves traditional dishes from Kyoto with a modern feel and ambience.

For tonight’s meal, my friends and I ordered several dishes to share with our Udon. We had the Agadashi, Black Codfish and Omen (Udon with servings of goodies).

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Truite en Papillote for the Holidays 

With the holidays just around the corner, Hubby and I decided to host a dinner for our friends so we could all spend some quality time together before traveling for the season.

Among my group, we have several pescatarians.  As the designated chef, I decided to make Rachel Khoo’s Truite en Papillote. It was a big hit for both my friends with dietary restrictions and those that could eat anything. It was simple, yet delicious! The preparation was fun as my friends were my sous chefs, and Rachel’s recipe gives you room to be creative.

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A Fun, Fresh Take on a French Classic

Outdoor BBQs and parties are always such fun in the Summer, especially when you have the long weekend!

Hubby and I hosted an intimate gathering with a few close friends for a Pre-4th of July this evening. We decided to do a “French” take on our BBQ, since we all love French food.

We made Rachel Khoo’s “Brochettes au Coq au Vin” (Coq au Vin on Skewers). We knew that my French BFF would shudder and lecture us as to why this was not the Coq au Vin. However, Brochettes au Coq au Vin is a fun, fresh take on the French classic. We have all of the elements of the Coq au Vin, deconstructed on a skewer and revitalized as a red wine dipping sauce.

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District Một, A Vietnamese Hot Spot in Astoria

June is my Birthday month! In celebration, my Vietnamese friends took me to District Một, a Vietnamese hot spot in Astoria. Born and raised, Vietnamese, I was very excited to try this new restaurant and that I had the convenience of simply walking there for my fix for Vietnamese food since it’s in my neighborhood.

Pho was the first thing that came to our mind. But we also ordered a few other dishes to share, try, and compare to our family’s cooking. We are harsh critics for Vietnamese food after all, since we grew up eating the best!

The first dish that we tried was The Grilled Rice Paper.

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