I love cities with a thriving street food culture.  Seoul’s is particularly wonderful because on top of there being a wide variety of delicious foods, the stands in Gwangjang market come with heated benches, the likes of which I have never seen in the US.  Imagine my surprise and delight when after hours of walking through the cold, snowy streets, I plop down on a bench for a late lunch and find […]

I love baked stuffed mushrooms.  They’re easy to make and so good that there are never any leftovers.  This is a fairly simple recipe and aside from the mushrooms, consists of things I always have available.  Foodie tip: keep a stash of breadcrumbs and small pucks of goat cheese in the freezer for emergency appetizers. Ingredients: a large pack of mushrooms 1 egg 3-4 oz goat cheese 3-4 tbs breadcrumbs […]

One of the most unique dining experiences I’ve ever had was at a seafood restaurant in Gangnam named Goraebul(고래불), meaning “whale fire”. It’s known for its fresh seafood and is on a number of “Top Ten Restaurants” lists for Seoul. The menu varies depending on the daily catch and, in case you forget, there’s a tank full of live specimens right by the front door. Nothing on the menu was […]

I couldn’t sleep tonight so I made these sparkly little Space Invader sugar cubes.  If I can get them to come out of the molds consistently without the legs breaking off, I think they would be fun to have around for a tea party. These are amazingly easy to make.  All you need is sugar, water, and a mold. Fill the mold you want to use with sugar.  That’s all […]

There are a lot of recipes that call for a lot of egg yolk but what do you do with the egg whites when you’re done?  A friend suggested meringue and in my search of a good recipe for my first attempt, I came across this highly rated one for meringue mushrooms.  Despite it being a little time consuming, what I love about this project is that because mushrooms are naturally […]

I love eating eggs in a frame, yolks slightly runny, with a twist of freshly ground pepper.  It’s best with buttered toast cut into fun shapes, which makes breakfast feel like a special occasion.  I bought the set of XO♥ cookie cutters for this purpose and have used them for little else.  This is how I like to make them: Punch a hole out of the center of the slices of bread […]