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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 […]

BBQ Eel Fried Rice

BBQ Eel Fried Rice

The Best BBQ Eel Fried Rice After I tried BBQ Eel Fried Rice for the first time five years ago at a Japanese restaurant, I knew I had to make it from home. Now that the restaurants are closed, I feel more inclined to create […]

Pasta Puttanesca Recipe

Pasta Puttanesca Recipe

Pasta Puttanesca Recipe I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m putting a recipe like Pasta Puttanesca up on my blog. It seems like I’ve been creating a lot of content involving complex Asian dishes so I’ve gone back to basics. A staple in my kitchen is […]

Spicy Turkey Chili

Spicy Turkey Chili

The Best Spicy Turkey Chili I’m in the mood for something healthy today, so I spent two hours cooking up the best spicy turkey chili ever!  Before you say that this recipe is basic, I ask you to try this before you decide. For cold […]

How to Make Baked Short Ribs in the Oven

How to Make Baked Short Ribs in the Oven

Best Oven-Baked Short Ribs Recipe with Beer and No.7 Hot Sauce Do you ever crave that fall-off-the-bone short rib dish at Irish pubs? I do. I happen to love the braised meat that is slow-cooked in the oven until it’s tender and soaked in gravy. […]

No.7 Hot Sauce: An Interview with Carlos and Sandra Flores

No.7 Hot Sauce: An Interview with Carlos and Sandra Flores

In Conversation with Carlos and Sandra Flores, Creators of No.7 Hot Sauce Ever wanted to learn more about local food in Toronto? Now is your chance. I wanted to feature stories of local business owners, so I decided to learn more about Carlos and Sandra […]

Thai Baked Chicken Wings

Thai Baked Chicken Wings

Thai Baked Chicken Wings As an appetizer, this Thai Baked Chicken Wings recipe is loaded with flavour. These baked chicken wings are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy with a bit of tang thrown in. Give this recipe a try and you’ll always want […]

Quick and Easy Crispy Chili Beef

Quick and Easy Crispy Chili Beef

Quick and Easy Crispy Chili Beef My Quick and Easy Crispy Chili Beef is a recipe you can’t mess up. I know this recipe is very basic but it’s aligned with my motto: to provide busy professionals and families quick and easy recipe ideas. For […]

My Life Pre-COVID

My Life Pre-COVID

A Trip Down Memory Lane Pre-COVID Not too long ago, I considered myself to be a fun and adventurous thrill-seeker. Looking back to my experiences pre-COVID, I would say that I lived a pretty good life. Moving forward, I hope that I can continue being […]

Street Eats Drive-Thru

Street Eats Drive-Thru

My Review of Street Eats Drive-Thru What do Canadians like to do? Shopping and eating out. It’s like the pandemic never happened and when shops and takeout joints start opening up, crowds of people gather around. I guess it’s the herd mentality; people like to […]


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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.