Category - Food and Lifestyle

Food reviews on restaurants while traveling the world, recipes of my favorite dishes, etc…

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Live Blogging: Oktoberfest in Southlake, Texas
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Tapas: The Perfect Choice for the Fussy Eater
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American Eating – An Assault of Food
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Thai Food Cravings in Dubai
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Zeke’s Fish & Chips in Fort Worth, Texas
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Pad Thai Cooking Experience at the Blue Elephant, Thailand
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Tom Yam Goong (Spicy & Sour Prawn Soup) Photos and Recipe
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Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant – Bangkok, Thailand
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Tako Yaki (Octopus Balls)
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Food Trip: Pandanus Bistro Bar

Live Blogging: Oktoberfest in Southlake, Texas

We were supposed to go to Fredericksburg for the Oktoberfest but decided to go to Southlake Oktoberfest anyway. But we had a great time, had good food as well.

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Tapas: The Perfect Choice for the Fussy Eater

If you’ve taken advantage of any of the Spanish cheap holiday deals available online and taken the trip to the Mediterranean, or even ventured to local Spanish restaurant, chances are you’ve come across tapas or a tapas menu before. If you haven’t been so lucky, tapas is the name given to a wide variety of different dishes and snacks in Spanish cuisine. They vary wildly in the form they take, with everything from cold snacks such as cheese and olives to potato croquettes (croquetas in Catalan) and deep fried baby squid (known as chopitos) coming under the tapas banner.

Legend has it that the eating of tapas began when king Alfonso X of Castile was recovering from an illness and ordered his servants to serve him wine and small dishes between meals. Once his health was restored, the king was so delighted by the success of his treatment that he declared it illegal for taverns to serve wine to customers without also servicing them a small snack or “tapa”. It was here that tapas was born though it has evolved significantly since its early days. Modern tapas incorporates ingredients from countries the world over with many of its ingredients coming from the Iberian Peninsula. The regional palette in the Iberian Peninsula has been influenced by the many different cultures that have invaded or conquered it at various points in history, with olives and irrigation brought by the Romans and the North African Moors bringing fruits, spices and nuts.

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American Eating – An Assault of Food

Travelling on an Ocean Florida holiday is a great chance to eat American food.  This country is famed for its cuisine and huge feasts – this certainly holds up as the portions here are giant and delicious.

Americans have pretty enormous appetites and if you order a starter and a main course you might be carried out of the restaurant on a stretcher. In fact sometimes ordering just a starter is more than enough. The key is to pick just one course, and if you are apprehensive take a peek at the tables around you – if they are trembling under the weight of food other patrons are eating you might want to be wary. Above all, you don’t need to finish everything – food here is generally quite cheap so there’s no problem leaving something behind.

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Thai Food Cravings in Dubai

My recent vacation started in Dubai, UAE. My friend and I arrived around 5:30 in the afternoon at the Terminal 2 airport and craving badly for Thai food so we went directly to The Blue Elephant Restaurant (Thai Restaurant) located in Al-Bustan Rotana Hotel. We left our luggage at the hotel concierge and sat outside the restaurant until they opened the door around 6:30PM. Luckily, they had a buffet that night. Yum!

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Zeke’s Fish & Chips in Fort Worth, Texas

Before we went to Fort Worth Stockyard my friend and I went to Zeke’s Fish & Chips and had a late lunch.  He mentioned this couple of times that whenever I visit Fort Worth, he’ll take me to Zeke’s.  He did and oh man the Cod fish was awesome.  A Fort Worth visitor shouldn’t miss.

Don’t be disgusted with the shape and color of the food; they may be shaped like turd but wait until you taste it.

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Pad Thai Cooking Experience at the Blue Elephant, Thailand

Few days ago I showed you how to cook my favorite Tom Yam Goong and now let me tell you my experience in cooking Pad Thai.  Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes and very famous with the tourists especially the noodle lovers.  Pad Thai a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper, bean sprouts, tofu, shrimp or chicken, garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and lime.  Compared to the Philippines Pancit (Fried Noodles), Pad Thai have more ingredients and spices.  The distinct taste of it, you’ll know it’s from Thailand.

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Tom Yam Goong (Spicy & Sour Prawn Soup) Photos and Recipe

Like what I wrote on my last article about my experience of Thai Cuisine cooking lesson at the Blue Elephant in Bangkok, I’m going to show you the recipe and some photos of that experience. Let me start with my favorite of all Thai dishes, Tom Yum Goong. It is the first Thai food I eat when I am in Thailand, and I tell you after the first sip, I feel like I am in heaven.

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Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant – Bangkok, Thailand

This was probably the best experience I ever had from my multiple visits in Thailand, a Thai Cuisine Cooking Lesson.  I love cooking, but at this time I am in a place that I can’t really utilize my cooking skills and not so many of my colleagues and friends are aware of.  But I do love cooking and have a good taste buds and can really implement it to my cooking. So, why don’t you join me in my experience of cooking Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Green Chicken Curry, Beef Stir Fry and Pandanus Flan?

I’ve searched the internet which is the best cooking school in Bangkok that offers not just Thai Cuisine cooking lesson but also the reputation that it garnered through the years in the business.  And not to mention the mansion is a century old and the elegant restaurant they have not just in Thailand but also in the Middle East, Europe and other part of the world.

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Tako Yaki (Octopus Balls)

 

I was in Siam Paragorn Mall Foodcourt in Bangkok looking for a quick snack while waiting for a friend of mine coming from a dental appointment.  I saw these interesting looking balls called Tako Yaki or what you call Octopus Balls in our universal language, Arabic.  No silly, in English. 🙂  Hmmm, I wonder how you say that in Arabic.  Anyway, back to the topic.

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Food Trip: Pandanus Bistro Bar

After our lunch at Mali Restaurant, we passed by this Bistro along the street of Sathorn Soi 1 and thought of visiting and trying their food.  We did!  We had lunch after a couple of days and tried their pasta and salads and of course the never ending Ice Tea. 🙂

This bistro has an extensive menu with plenty of Western dishes and local Thai food as well and I find the place very relaxing and cozy enough to have a quiet conversation while eating.  But, if you are planning to have that quiet conversation, visit during day time or an early evening dinner.  At night they have live bands playing at the second floor which I find it too noisy where the band plays Thai Pop music.

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