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Stir Fried Short Ribs

Stir Fried Short Ribs

Spicy Short Ribs Recipe My all-time favourite dish would be my Spicy Short Ribs recipe. For me, this recipe is equivalent to KFC fried chicken. It’s finger-licking good, that’s garlicky, spicy and salty. You’ll want to eat with your hands and grab a cold beer […]

Spicy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps

Easy Spicy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps This is my first quarantine post and I thought I would try  Spicy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps for dinner. As you can see, I’m a very lazy person who prefers to watch Netflix and read crime novels. I don’t […]

Best Singaporean Spicy Noodles

Best Singaporean Spicy Noodles

Best Singaporean Spicy Noodles This is my first blog post of 2020. I’m sorry I haven’t updated my blog in a while. You see, I’ve been busy studying for my realtor’s exam, which has occupied a huge chunk of my time. Once my exams are […]

Strangelove’s Hot Chocolate

Strangelove’s Hot Chocolate

Strangelove’s Decadent Hot Chocolate When Narcity mentioned that Strangelove Coffee has got the most decadent hot chocolate in town, I knew I had to try it. I’m a huge fan of holiday drinks: cinnamon hot chocolate, hot apple cider and gingersnap latte -all of them […]

Quick and Easy Mexican Corn Chowder

Quick and Easy Mexican Corn Chowder

Mexican Corn Chowder This quick and easy Mexican Corn Chowder is great for potlucks or weeknight dinners. It’s getting cold outside and what better way to warm yourself up than a nice bowl of savoury chowder. Moreover, this recipe is very versatile and quick to […]

In Conversation with Chef Shai Mandel

In Conversation with Chef Shai Mandel

After I attended the pop-up restaurant on Friday, I was inspired to interview Chef Shai Mandel, owner of Rooks to Cooks. I wanted to understand more about the importance of culinary education for kids and how the summer camps help instill life skills that impact […]

Kids Cooking Summer Camp – Rooks to Cooks

Kids Cooking Summer Camp – Rooks to Cooks

Kids Cooking Summer Camp – Pop-Up Restaurant by Monica Wong On Friday, August 23rd, I dined at Rooks to Cooks’ pop-up restaurant, the  Chef’s Platter. When kids culinary school Rooks to Cooks invited me here, I was intrigued. Kids cooking summer camp is somewhat of […]

Chocolate Making Class in Toronto – Chocolate Tales

Chocolate Making Class in Toronto – Chocolate Tales

Chocolate Making Class in Toronto Wondering what to do for date night or a night out with your bestie? Here’s an idea. Chocolate Tales offers a wonderful chocolate making class in Toronto for anyone who has a passion for chocolate. Whether you are hosting a […]

Sweet Tea Vodka with Plum Wine

Sweet Tea Vodka with Plum Wine

Sweet Tea Vodka with Plum Wine When I think of summer, I think of having cocktail drinks on the patio with friends. I’m excited to announce that this is my first alcoholic beverage recipe. Furthermore, I had so much fun experimenting with different exotic flavours […]

Easy Drunken Noodles

Easy Drunken Noodles

Easy Drunken Noodles I’ve seen this Drunken Noodles dish everywhere at restaurants so I decided to make my own. It’s super easy and quick to make in less than 30 minutes. For vegans, just substitute meat with fried tofu and snap peas. I got this […]


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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.

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