Eating My (Savory) Way through Tokyo

I’m so excited that this is my first blog for the year and it’s about food.  It’s been a busy few months with some wonderful big changes that I’ll talk about later! But I had the luxury of taking some time off recently and decided to take off to visit …

Burrata Mint Salad

I have so much love for Burrata that I’ll almost always order it if it’s on the menu. Recently, I’ve also been experimenting with it at home.   My most recent concoction is a Burrata mint salad.  The nice thing about this one is the greens combined with the cheese …

Vegetable Lentil Soup

The other night, a few days after I got off my juice cleanse, I decided to make a hearty lentil soup full of veggies.  That would give me all the protein I’ve been short on the last week but also get to stock up on vegetables.  This is definitely a …

LA Eats

Of course, eating well and discovering new places to eat is a part of every successful trip.  This last trip to LA, I found two new places for yummy eats. First up is Little Next Door, a most quaint brasserie with a beautiful outdoors garden.  Great for brunch and light …

An Acai Super Bowl

Ever since I’ve tried Acai bowls in LA filled with the super fruit, a mix of other seasonal fruits, and granola, I’ve been hooked.  I thought I’d find many places here in the Bay Area (especially in the marina…) that serve this but surprisingly I’ve only found two and they’re …

Appetizer for Two: Burrata + Honey and White Truffle Oil

Last night, I made pappardelle for dinner. But as a pre-dinner snack, I made an appetizer that I’m super excited about: Burrata on Walnut Levain bread drizzled with Honey and White Truffle Oil. Here’s what you need: 1. Toasted walnut bread 2. Fresh burrata 3. Local honey.  If you’re in …

An R+R Weekend in Sonoma (and some Napa)

My girl Sabrina and I planned this wonderful and much needed weekend in Sonoma.  Last week, we desperately counted down the days until the minute we could go away for a weekend of food, wine, sun, and relaxation.  And that, precisely, is what we got! We left on Saturday AM …

Introducing: SPICESUTRA by Monica Bhide

OMG. I just got my box of SpiceSutra Chocolates, a stunning, beautifully packaged spice-kissed luxury chocolates by my super talented friend Monica Bhide. Monica has embarked on a new challenge and new adventure: chocolates infused with love and lust-inducing spices, just in time for Valentine’s.  Me bragging about this won’t help …

Remembering Japan: Pretty Edibles

A few weeks ago, I watched ‘Jiro dreams of Sushi’, a documentary about a sushi master, Jiro, and his 3-Michelin star sushi restaurant in Tokyo.  If you’re a sushi lover, this documentary will make you fall in-love with sushi all over again, and with vengeance.   I think I’m due for a …

Harira: a Moroccan Lentil Soup

In my humble opinion, there’s nothing better than lentil soup on a cold January eve.  And what’s better than any ol’ lentil soup, is a Moroccan one, Harira.  I decided to make this one tonight. Ingredients 250g ground beef 500g chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons fine short …

My Favorite SF Izakaya: Roku

Roku is quickly becoming my favorite Japanese restaurant in SF.  It opened recently right on Market St, only a few blocks away from my place.  Over time, I had gone there with my camera — by my third visit, they were used to me taking photos and often helped me …

A Sumptuous Box from Vivel Patisserie

I just saw my Mom and sister over the holidays and they had brought back for us a stunning box from Vivel Patisserie, A family owned patisserie and cafe business based in Dubai. We opened the box of Iranian-inspired sweets when we got back to SF to have some with our morning …

A New Year’s Eve Feast

Of course, we have to end 2012 and start 2013 with an amazing feast for the stomach and the eyes!  Food to me is a symbol of a life well-lived.  The Hashem ladies have outdone themselves.  We started with hors d’oeuvres: pastries of feta cheese and caramelized onions and spinach balls. Then we …

A (Middle Eastern) Holiday Brunch

One of the best things about the holidays is the food.  That’s especially true when my mom is around.  She’s probably one of the best cooks I know!  As we all meet up in DC for the holidays and host numerous feasts, I get to enjoy my mom’s special dishes …

Holiday Nut Crescent Cookies

The holiday season has begun and all the baking and cooking has commenced as well.  My super crafty friends Allan and Joanne make these heavenly Nut Crescent Cookies every holiday.  This is my second year getting them and they are divine.  Not only are they so tasty, they’re beautifully packaged …

A (not so) Lazy Dinner

What started out as a lazy dinner for two of soup and salad ended up in French Onion Soup, Kale Caesar Salad and the jewel of the table, a new batch of fresh homemade Tartine bread. We also didn’t think it was enough food, so of course we had to …

Tartine Bread, Homemade

If you’ve had Tartine bread, you know there’s nothing in the world like it.  It’s just the right exact texture, crisp on the outside, fluffy with slight chewiness on the inside.  The taste is just divine. The problem with Tartine bread is scarcity, and if you know us, you know …

A Saturday Night Tuscan Feast

One of my favorite Tuscan dishes is Pappardelle al Ragu di Cinghiale.  I’ve became determined to make this sumptuous dish!  Last night was my second time attempting this and I have to say, the flavor and texture were super close to that time we had the dish in Siena at Osteria Enoteca Sotto le …

Bresaola, Home Cured

Ever since Khaled tried bresaola in Boston, he’s been forever in love with this lean Italian-style cured beef.  Since Boston has a huge Italian community with many salumerias in the North End, bresaola was easy to come by.  Now that we’re in SF, bresaola is rare, very expensive and with …