Auténtica Taqueria in Kendall, Miami

My friend, Miss Y., surprised me with an invitation to eat tacos at Auténtica Taqueria. It was exciting – the first restaurant I visited since the pandemic! We were short on time, so we only ordered two dishes – a chicken tostada and tacos, of course. Chicken Tostada A crispy tortilla topped with refried beans, […]

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A Simple calalou

So what is Calalou? It is not exactly a dish that can be easily found on Miami restaurants’ menus. It is a simple, warm, and nourishing soup that can be made at home. Calalou (also spelled callaloo, calaloo, or kallaloo) is either a soup or a stew made with okra and dasheen or spinach leaves. […]

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Would I Consider Becoming Vegan?

Adopting a vegan diet for health purposes has crossed my mind on many occasions. I always said that if I was faced with some major health crisis, including cancer, I would not undergo chemotherapy or intensive medication- I would adopt a 100% plant-based whole food way of eating instead. Veganism is mainly an idea in […]

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Okra CHICKEN Soup

Beautifully slimy, silky, and chunky okra soup. This is a soup I started to make when I first moved out of my mother’s house. It’s easy to make, filling, and perfect for days when you want something fast, delicious, and nutritious to eat. It is indeed slimy and for me, that is the best part […]

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We Love Brussels Sprouts

These little green bundles that resemble baby cabbages have a contentious reputation – some love them, others cannot stand them. It seems that the secret to enjoying these little nuggets of goodness is in the preparation. They are full of nutrients and vitamins and are thought to be native to Belgium, specifically to an area […]

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Jazzed-Up Instant Ramen

I was not introduced to instant ramen until I was in my early 20’s. As a pasta-lover, this new type of noodle was quite a discovery. As I got older, I started playing with ramen and adding all kinds of ingredients to the noodles and used them as sides or complete meals. Now, my chickens […]

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Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of those comforts foods that is easy to make. I never made it until recently, motivated by the nagging of my 17-year old who was so bored during the corona quarantine that she wanted to bake. I researched many recipes on YouTube and ended up with a combined version of Tessa […]

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What Is Going To Happen To The Restaurants?

I love food, and I love to cook. I also enjoy going to restaurants to try new dishes and to take pictures of the plates. My food is good, but it’s not attractive, so restaurants are an excellent place to take pretty pictures of the preparations. Bars and restaurants in Miami have been closed since […]

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30th Annual Asian Culture Festival in Homestead, Miami

The last time we went out before the COVID-19 situation got grave in Miami was on March 8th, to go to the Asian Culture Festival. I was hesitant to go, and now I am so glad we went – it was early, so not too many people, and the vast array of food available was […]

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Rice & Peas & Scrambled Eggs

I warmed up some leftover rice & peas and mixed it with some scrambled eggs. A weird and wonderful combination. Delicious!

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Masala Chai

Masala Chai is tea prepared with a blend of spices. This recipe, which I got from Saveur Magazine, is a shortcut worth trying.

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Steam, Don’t Boil, Your Eggs

I have recently started to steam eggs instead of boiling them and I do notice a difference  – they are easier to peel and somehow, feel lighter. This method I got from America’s Test Kitchen. “Boiled eggs that start in cold water are hard to peel because the proteins in the egg white set slowly, […]

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I Should Have Married A Butcher

“How could you eat that bloody thing?” My friend Paul asked me in disbelief. “ I do not know why you even bother to ask the kitchen to cook it, it is bathing in blood. You are just a little dinosaur.” I have asked myself that question a million times and the allure of raw […]

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