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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 […]

Lamb Steak with Tikka Masala

Lamb Steak with Tikka Masala

Delicious Lamb Steak with Tikka Masala I’ve recently discovered the deliciousness of tikka masala. If you enjoy Indian food, then you’ll love my Lamb Steak with Tikka Masala recipe. I think lamb goes really well with the spicy and earthy tasting sauce. Pair this with […]

Easy Cheddar Couscous Salad

Easy Cheddar Couscous Salad

Cheddar Couscous Salad My type of cooking is simple and affordable. Food is something I always budget for. For example, this Cheddar Couscous Salad is budget-friendly and super healthy.  Eaten as a meal or side dish, this recipe satisfies any picky eater of the family. […]

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 […]


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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.