Author: Leah

Cornbread with green chiles

Happy first of May and Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “5th of May”) is a celebration of Mexico’s cultural heritage and pride. The festivities include parades, mariachi band performances, street festivals and of course — margaritas! Mr Sweetie is Mexican-American which is why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated at our house. (Ok, I admit, it is a great excuse reason to make and drink margaritas at home! This is the one and only time each year that we ever drink hard liquor at home. He is not a drinker while I like wine and champagne, and the occasional drinks with girlfriends.) The idea of drinking fruity margarita on a weekday seems fun and naughty whenever Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekday. However, this post is not about margaritas. It is really about corn bread with green chiles. The recipe has been adapted from the book “Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking” by Toni Tipton-Martin. It is called Spanish Corn Bread in the book. Jubilee is such a wonderful …

Shrimp salad sandwich with sriracha mayo

Eating this shrimp salad sandwich was like summer in my mouth. It had freshly squeezed lemon juice, chopped crispy cucumbers and celery which were contrasted with the taste of sweet onions. The tangy homemade sriracha mayo perfectly complements the flavors of juicy and plump shrimp. I used toasted sourdough bread to cradle all of these deliciousness. It was truly a medley of flavors and textures. Sriracha is a type of spicy Asian hot sauce. It is made from pepper paste, vinegar, sugar and salt. Vietnamese pho (noodle soup) is often served with sriracha on the side. I have always eaten sriracha with Asian food at mom and pop eateries in the Bay Area. with my friends for as long as I can remember. In the last decade or so, sriracha became a trendy food among foodies and has become mainstream. Check the aisle of your local grocery store. You might find it right next to soy sauce and other Asian spices and condiments. When I made this sandwich it was on a lovely spring day …

San francisco | postcards from boudin bakery

All I wanted for my birthday last February was to go to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and eat a bowl of clam chowder in sourdough bread. This clam chowder sourdough bread bowl is an iconic San Francisco food. Boudin’s sourdough bread is a “must eat” when visiting San Francisco. Boudin’s “mother dough” is touted to be about 172 years old. Boudin itself is one of San Francisco’s oldest businesses dating back to 1849. Bay Area locals do turn their noses up on Fisherman’s Wharf for being “touristy.” Well, it is but I do not mind touristy places. Fisherman’s Wharf is breathtaking with unparalleled gorgeous views of the bay. There are many delicious seafood restaurants to choose from. This tourist destination is just plain fun for adults and kids alike. Mr Sweetie made my birthday special by letting me have whatever I wanted for my birthday including taking me to Fisherman’s Wharf, getting me a birthday cake, a bottle of French champagne and many pretty presents. What I did not anticipate was how packed Fisherman’s Wharf …

Hawaii shrimp food truck- inspired garlic shrimp

As inspired by our vacation in Oahu in 2019, I re-created the shrimp and rice dish that we had at one of the food trucks on Oahu’s North Shore. Shrimp trucks are popular in Hawaii — just watch Hawaii 5-0 (or not! LOL!) where Kamekono’s Shrimp Truck was a fun mainstay of the show showcasing Hawaii’s local food culture. Please check out my North Shore Oahu Shrimp Truck post here where I posted yummy photos of our shrimp plate and food trucks in the town of Haleiwa in Oahu. This dish is so easy to make and so delicious! Buttery and garlicky shrimp over hot rice make this the ultimate comfort food! Make it as spicy as you want. A little note on vegan butter I also want to mention that in order to lessen the guilt, I used vegan butter for the first time. I really could not tell the difference between dairy butter and vegan. It so happened that the vegan butter was on sale at Costco. The woman right next to me …

North shore, oahu | shrimp truck

I have been thinking of the garlic shrimp plate that we had at a food truck while in Oahu during our vacation in November 2019, just months before the pandemic. We are so glad that we got to go before the world pretty much went on lockdown and when it is no longer currently safe to travel. I thought that I would post the pictures of our trip before I post my Garlic Shrimp recipe. I just had it for lunch just now. It took me all but 10 minutes to whip up this really tasty and comforting meal! Mr Sweetie and I went for a drive from our hotel in the Waikiki area to the town of Haleiwa (pronounced hah-lay-EE-wah is a historical surf town that’s about an hour’s drive from Waikiki). We rented a car and got to hit up some “must see” spots in the North Shore of Oahu. Among things to do in Haleiwa is to eat at a shrimp food truck. Giovanni’s is the most popular one among foodies. Sure …