Coconut Shrimp

My food preferences have changed over the years, so much so, that I have an affinity for coconut now. This recipe, taken from Sally’s Baking Addiction did not disappoint. Give it a try! Ingredients: 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (or whole wheat) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 large eggs, beaten 3/4 cup Panko bread…

A New Beginning: Back to the United States of America

After a year of blogging about my month-long European experience, we have finally come to the end of the 4-part chapter (Netherlands, Germany, England, France).  Your feedback over the past year has been incredible, and I feel ecstatic that you all have either been able to relate or use my posts to help guide your…

Chocolate Petit Gateau

French dessert. Need I say more? Ingredients 2 4oz bars bittersweet chocolate 4 eggs 4 Tbsp sugar 4 Tbsp flour 1.5 sticks butter (room temperature) 2 Tbsp cognac (optional) Directions Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Find two pots where one will fit into the other. Fill the big one halfway with water and put…

Last day in Paris

On my last day of Paris, I decided to relive all of my favorite experiences in the city. I also wanted to get completely lost in the city to see what I would encounter in this glorious city. Watch the video below to accompany on my trip!   Au revoir Paris! Je t’aimerai pour toujours!…

Solo Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

    Prior to this cruise, I don’t think I had ever eaten dinner by myself in a public space, but I could not think of a better “first time” place to do so, than on a boat in the middle of the Seine River!  The best way to summarize this experience is to say…

Pesto Caprese Sandwich

Ingredients 3 individual crusty bread rolls (or individual ciabatta rolls) 8oz Fresh Mozzarella, sliced ½ Cup Basil Pesto Sauce 6 cocktail tomatoes, sliced Salt and Pepper to taste For the balsamic reduction: ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp honey Directions Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. To make the balsamic reduction, add the balsamic vinegar…

$ vs. Euro vs. Pound

     In the span of a month, I had to familiarize myself with the conversions between 3 different currencies. It was confusing, and sometimes even depressing when I had to convert dollars to pounds (pound was worth more at that time). Due to the fact that this was the first time I had ever…

Minimalist Traveling: 10 things you should carry on an airplane

Healthy Snack-Airplane food is usually high in sodium and sugar, so bring your own snack Face Wipes-You never know what germs are flying around Head Phones-Some airlines do not provide headphones for guests Hand Sanitizer-For that “good, clean feeling” Water Bottle-An air cabin is a very dry space, so it is important to stay hydrated….

Chicken Cordon Bleau

Ingredients 1 lb. penne 4 tbsp. unsalted butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp. flour 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup heavy cream kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp. mustard powder 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 1 cups thick-cut ham, chopped 2 cup shredded Gruyere 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1 tbsp. fresh parsley,…

An American’s 10 random observations about Europe

1. You have to pay to use most public restrooms, or “water closets,” and plain old water See my post: Europeein: European Bathroom Observations 2. Europe has a weird fascination with KFC, also know as RFC in some places. I even watched a cricket game which was entirely sponsored by KFC. Monopoly anyone? 3. People actually enjoy…

Paris “Metro” System

Paris was my last stop of my European adventure, and in comparison to the trains that I took in Germany, Netherlands, and London, it was the best. That’s not to say that it was perfect overall, but it definitely had some important features that I valued more so than my other train experiences in Europe….

French Bread

Bread, bread, bread! A glorious and classic edible that has survived thousands of year. With this recipe, you can continue the tradition! Ingredients 2 cups warm water 1 tablespoon yeast 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 5 cups bread flour Directions Dissolve yeast in warm water (110 degrees) and sugar in…