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Christine Ha

How could I blog about my last trip to London and the two great dining experiences I had at Hoppers and Dishoom and not leave you with my recipe for yummy chicken tikka masala? In my opinion, chicken tikka masala is the perfect introductory dish to Indian cuisine. It’s incredibly flavorful and rich, and pairs well with either basmati rice or naan, an Indian flatbread eaten with the hands. In fact, chicken tikka masala is so beloved even beyond its south Asian borders that it’s been declared the national dish

This place was so good, we had it twice. I would describe Dishoom as a modern south Asian bistro. It’s one of my favorites in London. It’d be the one stop I make if I had a Heathrow layover. Yes, it’s that good. The hubs and I stopped by the Covent Garden restaurant for the first time during breakfast, and while the place was busy, we were immediately seated. We ordered a bacon and egg naan roll (£6.90)—think breakfast taco with Indian flair. The bacon was dry-cured for five days,

I love me some tapas. My palate gets bored easily so the best way for me to dine is to have a variety of dishes from which I can nibble. Three bites, and I’m ready to move on. Barrafina fulfills all my food fantasies. A Spanish tapas restaurant located in the hip neighborhood of Soho, Barrafina is a small tapas bar serving thoughtful, unfussy food. The service, too, is quick and thorough. There’s nothing not to adore about this place: attentive servers delivering well-executed small plates in a quiet, unadorned,

London is known for having some of the best south Asian food in the world. Because the British long ago colonized India and, thus, many Indians eventually emigrated to the United Kingdom, bringing their cuisines with them, and because the ingredient quality is supposedly superior in the UK, the south Asian food here is purportedly even better than that in its motherland. I wish I’d tried south Asian food during my first trip to London back in 2001 as a backpacker fresh out of college. Instead of curry and lassi,

After my holiday in the United Kingdom and Ireland, I got the chance to return to London to film a CNN International series called “Inspirations.” The particular episode on which I was featured was entitled “Breaking Boundaries,” and it included a panel of guests who achieved great things in spite of living with disabilities—watch above. The hubs and I arrived a few days early to enjoy London and, of course, eat. Day 1 in London Hopper’s London’s known for amazing south Asian food, so naturally, our first meal upon arrival

The place I enjoyed eating at the most during this trip to Dallas was Madrina, and sadly, the restaurant has since closed. Regardless, I’m paying tribute to Madrina’s excellent Mexican fare with this recipe for elote, or grilled Mexican street corn. I served elote as a side dish to my Korean Wagyu beef taco at my recent pop-up with Ozone in Hong Kong, and it was a hit, especially with the bar’s head chef (who happens to be Brazilian). This colorful dish celebrates summer’s bounty; full of flavor yet well-balanced,

I’ll be honest. I used to loathe Dallas. There’s a longtime rivalry between my hometown of Houston and its northern neighbor. There are the natural sports rivalries, like the Rockets versus the Mavericks and the Texans versus the Cowboys, but there’s also this impression Houstonians have of Dallasites as being uppity and from oil money, your typical ten-gallon hat touting male with his blond big-haired trophy wife. Conversely, we Houstonians are generally proud of our ethnic diversity tendency toward blue collars. But after several trips to Dallas to see my

In my latest Christine Tries episode on my YouTube channel, I do an unboxing video of Tokyo Treat, a monthly subscription-based service that offers unique Japanese snacks and candies delivered straight from Tokyo to your door. For just USD $14.99 a month, you can get a new Tokyo Treat box shipped to you or that Japanophile friend of yours. The box Tokyo Treat sent me had 16 items in it, more than plenty to satisfy a month’s worth of cravings. Watch me do a true blind taste test: I try

Following my trip to Syracuse and dinner at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and with it being deep into the summer season, I thought I’d post a recipe for baked beans. Side dishes are often overlooked at a barbecue feast, but you need those complementary accompaniments to provide variety and cut through the fatty richness of barbecued meats. Besides, I’ve posted before on how to make pork ribs and grilled chicken, so this time, I’m showing you a side instead. When I think of baked beans, I think of my elementary school cafeteria

“You’ve got to try Dinosaur Bar-B-Que,” seemed to be the consensus when I tweeted for Syracuse dining recommendations. Really? Dubious. I mean, I’m from the South where barbecue reigns supreme. But I live in an eternal state of FOMO, so Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for our second dinner in Syracuse it was. We entered the restaurant to find a thick buzz in spite of it being a weeknight. Live music courtesy of a rockabilly band with talent boosted the vibe. We were immediately seated at a booth and looked after by a

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