Travel Diaries: Culinary Journey

Travel Diaries

I shared a lot of the location pictures of my trip this past January in South Korea and Japan, but I didn't really post all my food pictures. So here it is, all the yummy food I got the chance to eat while I was traveling! Be warned: Don't look if you're already hungry!! I ate SO MUCH food! Lots of curry in Japan (my favorite) but also a lot…

Sarah Goes to Korea: Hweshik

Travel Diaries

This week I had the pleasure of attending two Hweshik in one week. But wait, what is a Hweshik? Hweshik or 회식 is short hand for hwesa, which means company, and shiksa, which means meal. So basically it is a communal meal between teachers (if you work at a school like me), employees, or business partners etc. For many people these events can range somewhere between a hardy good time…

Travel Diaries: Maryland Crab Dinner

Travel Diaries

My boyfriend, who is originally from Maryland, shared with me the experience that is a "traditional" Maryland crab dinner. I've only ever eaten snow crab or king crab legs before, I've never actually cracked apart an entire crab in my hands before. Let me tell's quite the experience. If you don't like your food staring at you with dead eyes, then this isn't the experience for you. You have…

First time Risotto & Steaks


I've never cooked risotto before, but risotto is one of my favorite dishes to order if I'm out! I grabbed this recipe from A Beautiful Mess, which is one of my favorite blogs ever! I added 1 tsp of lemon vest though. Although, I didn't have a cast iron pan that I could move right into the oven from the stove top...and I think that's why it didn't turn out…

Taco Night Remix


We all know I love taco night! This time we tried something new though! Last grocery trip I begged for taco night so we picked up chorizo sausages! That was the meat to our tacos, here's what we did! The cooking: A coated the pan with about 2 tablespoons or so of olive oil (enough to cover the entire bottom of a 10" pan) He then added a pinch of cayenne…

Best Day Ever!

Life, Local Flavor

The whole point of going to Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh borough) was to drop off my (aka my mom's) old record player to see if we could get it fixed. But, let's just say my experience/knowledge with the whole "vinyl" thing is extremely limited, that's my boyfriend's area of expertise. If I post, or he decides to post, about records sometime...then I'll share my embarrassing story about my lack of knowledge…

Travel Diaries: Big Macs

Local Flavor, Travel Diaries

For the longest time now, we have been talking about doing a day trip to the Big Mac Museum (which is just a glorified McDonalds with some displays in it and some cool facts about the history of the Big Mac) Like did you know that Pittsburgh declared in 1992 that McDonalds Appreciation Day was September 25th? Cause I had no idea!! Look at that massive Big Mac! Seriously, the…

Spicy (to me) Curry


Ingredients:  4 potatoes, peeled and cubed

 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
 1 yellow onion, diced
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 2 teaspoons ground cumin
 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

4 teaspoons curry powder

 4 teaspoons garam masala
 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and minced

 2 teaspoons salt

 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained 

1 (15 ounce) can peas, drained

 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk 1 bag of frozen vegan chicken strips Boil your…

Taco Night!!


Ask my boyfriend, I have been craving/begging for tacos for almost a month now. FINALLY my calls have been answered and we set a date for taco night! We shopped for most of the stuff at Aldis, which was pretty good! (I only ended up getting shredded lettuce and an onion at my normal grocery. I'm a pansy when it comes to spicy food, so my perfect taco is: Ground…

Sorta Cooking: My favorite Lunch


This is easy food, so it's not really like I'm sharing an enshrined recipe that has been passed down through the family through ancient scrolls. BUT! This is without a doubt my favorite lunch of all time…what is it? You may ask, wondering why I'm dragging this out for so long…well…you're right I should stop now. It's grilled cheese and soup!! (If that was a let down, I apologize) I've…