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Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

How to make strawberry cheesecake Note to self: my strawberry cheesecake isn’t easy to make. I just wanted to try something fancy and experiment on more complicated recipes. More importantly, cheesecake takes a long time to make. So if you are looking for something fast […]

A Year in Review: A Foodie Tour to Chicago and Spain

A Year in Review: A Foodie Tour to Chicago and Spain

Monica’s Excellent Foodie Tours to Chicago and Spain Solo travel is a huge passion of mine. 2023 has been a year of outstanding food from Chicago and Northern Spain. Since I don’t have any friends, it’s a regular pastime of mine to dine alone, so […]

Best Singaporean Spicy Noodles

Best Singaporean Spicy Noodles

Best Singaporean Spicy Noodles My Singaporean Spicy Noodles dish happens to be one of my favourites at Congee Wong down the street. In fact, I usually pay over $13 dollars for this dish but now I’m saving $5 plus tips. Lately, I have been going […]

Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake Squares

Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake Squares

Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake Squares If you are looking for a decadent summer treat that will take you to the tropics, look no further than my Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake Squares. After debating what kind of cheesecake I should make, I  decided to make a dessert that […]

Five Spice Braised Pork Belly

Five Spice Braised Pork Belly

Five Spice Braised Pork Belly There’s nothing better than old-fashioned Chinese comfort food. At No Frills today, I purchased some pork belly and immediately thought about making Braised Pork Belly with Chinese Five Spice, a popular Asian dish currently trending on Instagram. In no way […]

Japanese Curry Bread

Japanese Curry Bread

Toasty Japanese Curry Bread I’d say this Japanese Curry Bread is my best recipe yet. It’s more complicated and time-consuming, but the results are amazing!! I’ve grown up eating steamed buns filled with pork, and I find that this recipe takes comfort food to a […]

Nerikiri Class at Jelly Bean Cake

Nerikiri Class at Jelly Bean Cake

Nerikiri Wagashi Class at Jelly Bean Cake and Dessert A few months ago, I attended a Nerikiri Wagashi class at Jelly Bean Cake and Dessert on 3336 Yonge St, in Toronto. If it weren’t for Instagram, I wouldn’t have discovered this amazing bakery that made […]

Chinese Air Fried Calamari

Chinese Air Fried Calamari

Chinese Salt and Pepper Air Fried Calamari Last Christmas, I received a digital air fryer and I thought that this must be the greatest invention ever. I love how the air fryer can make food less oily and cut my cooking time in half. So […]

Easy Cajun Turkey Recipe

Easy Cajun Turkey Recipe

Easy Cajun Roasted Turkey Recipe Happy New Year, guys. It’s 2022, and the start of a brand new year. It seems a while since I last updated my blog, but I’ll try to post more delicious recipes up. For my first post of 2022, I’ll […]

Morroccan Braised Lamb

Morroccan Braised Lamb

I’d say this Moroccan Braised Lamb recipe is simply superb. On the weekends, I love to spend extra time in the kitchen and cook decadent meals. I happen to love the taste of lamb a lot and love to add spices like cumin and curry […]


Travel

My Quick Excursion to Cinque Terre, Italy

My Quick Excursion to Cinque Terre, Italy

I’m back from my vacation and I’ve got lots to share!! On my journey across the Mediterranean aboard the Norwegian Epic, I’ve discovered the beautiful and scenic Cinque Terre (or “Five Lands”). All five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are blessed with their unique pastel coloured buildings. Just meandering along the shorelines of the villages and hopping on a boat to different villages made me so happy.

Besides the picturesque views, charming shops and friendly people, Cinque Terre is known for its AMAZING cuisine. In the cute village of Vernazza, I had the most amazing pizza I’ve ever tasted with the spicy salami. It was a lovely prelude to an even more delicious meal in the biggest of all the villages: Monterossa al Mare. Cinque Terre is known for its seafood so I went to this restaurant called Ristorante Ciak (https://www.ristoranteciak.net/). Let me tell you, this place is unbelievable!! I ordered the Spaghetti Ciak (spaghetti with mussels and clams). Oh my god!! This is the way pasta should be made. They were really generous with the mussels and clams. I loved that the olives added a nice salty flavour and the tomatoes didn’t overpower the dish. I liked that they took sun dried tomatoes and marinated them in olive oil, garlic and herbs.

Cinque Terre is foodie heaven. Everywhere you go, there’s an amazing restaurant but Ristorante Ciak is definitely the best place to go for pasta.