Do you drink chai? Do you call it chai tea? Or maybe you’ve ordered it at Starbucks and call it a chai latte. For the love of my Uncle Hameed, please know that “chai” is another word for tea. And if you call chai, chai tea, or order a chai latte (which Starbucks does not add a shot of espresso) you are agreeing to conform to the masses and its acceptance of not knowing what you’re talking about. I’m not judging you. In fact, I used to call it chai tea myself. That is until Uncle Hameed, my husband’s uncle, schooled me. Given the fact he is from Pakistan and drinks chai daily he would know a thing or two about tea. [click to continue…]
Nothing is more disappointing than being psyched up to eat something epic only to discover it’s mediocre. During my last couple visits to Hawaii I always make it a priority to eat as the locals do. Instead of hitting the beaches to soak up of the sun, I put on a pair of good walking shoes and do a self-guided food crawl with a list of must-visit places to eat. While on Oahu, visiting the famous shrimp trucks in the North Shore is a given but what bothers me the most about these trucks are how their reputations built this out of body experience hope that must be tried in order to understand the hype. I won’t pick on any singular shrimp truck, but I will say this much. I wasn’t so impressed that any of these trucks blew me away like I hoped and expected. It boiled down to cooked shrimp swimming in a bath of melted butter and tossed in what tasted like jarred chopped garlic, which in and of itself has a distinguishable flavor. I’m not trying to be a purist but the difference in flavor between jarred garlic and fresh garlic is like night and day. [click to continue…]
Take a really good look at that photo above. Don’t you wish you could bite into it? What if I told you it was healthy and good for you? What if I told you it wasn’t dessert, but it was breakfast dressed to look like dessert with all the health benefits of a complete meal including healthy complex and simple carbohydrates, a substantial amount of protein, and healthy fats? What if I told you these yogurt granola fruit tarts were super easy to make, would you make one?
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“Where do you want to eat?” Rob says.
“I don’t know. I don’t care. Just pick a place.” I say.
“How about XYZ (restaurant).” He says.
“No. I don’t want to eat there.” I say.
He continues to offer up suggestions as I shoot each and every one of them down. He suggests about five places knowing I’ll say no to all of them. I am an awful person to have to go out to eat with because unless I really want to eat a particular dish, I become indecisive and difficult.
However, I always have a back up plan. Cooking dinner at home comes easy for me. Now, I realize for many people it doesn’t come as easy and this is why I’m excited to show you how to make one of the most popular Thai dishes people order when eating out at home. [click to continue…]