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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 […]

Upside Down Apple Cake

Upside Down Apple Cake

I know it has been a long time since I updated my blog but between work and studies, I haven’t had the time. But since today is my birthday (May 6th), I baked myself an Upside Down Apple Cake. I know it’s not a traditional […]

Cheddar Biscuits with Chives

Cheddar Biscuits with Chives

Easy Cheddar Biscuits with Chives These Easy Cheddar Biscuits with Chives are so easy to make, you’ll want to make them again and again. Remember the flaky cheddar biscuits from Red Lobster? Now you can make them at home and enjoy at your leisure. Also, […]

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 […]

Chicken with Mushroom Wine Sauce

Chicken with Mushroom Wine Sauce

How to Make Chicken with Mushroom Wine Sauce So this Chicken with Mushroom Wine Sauce recipe is my first post for 2019. It’s a new year which means new recipes with bold new flavours. Also, I plan to focus more on social media (ie. growing […]


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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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