Some of my most memorable cocktail experiences have been in New York. From Apotheke to Please Don’t Tell to Angel’s Share, NYC undoubtedly has a deserving reputation of being home to some of the best cocktail bars in the world. So as a tribute, I’ll close out my New York series with none else than a recipe for the Old Fashioned cocktail. A little history lesson: the “cocktail” was first defined in the early 19th century as a beverage consisting of spirits, water, bitters, and sugar. The basic formula came

I first heard of this famous food stand 15 years ago when a friend told me her sister brought a halal plate aboard a plane and stunk up the whole cabin. “Why would she choose that?” I said. “Because it’s worth it,” my friend said. I finally tasted The Halal Guys in 2006 when the then-boyfriend-now-hubs and I took a trip to New York. It was after midnight, and we stood in a line about 20 people deep, about half of whom were intoxicated. But whether sober or drunk, I

Good Japanese food is lacking in Midtown Manhattan, so what to do if you’re hit with a sudden craving for ramen or yakitori whilst trekking around the business center of New York City? There are two viable options, and if you’re lucky (or show up right as they open), your wait will be bearable. The first time my cousin took me to Totto Ramen was five years ago. We waited nearly 90 minutes for Saturday lunch, and it was a painful wait because there was really no place nearby to

Every year when the annual NMO Patient Day sponsored by the Guthy Jackson Foundation rolls around, I get nostalgic since that’s where NMO Diaries was born. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to attend for quite a few years since I’m always tied up with other events during the Patient Days. I know there are many patients and caregivers who are also unable to attend, and the nice thing is the GJCF will often stream or upload key videos from the day’s events online for worldwide viewing. You can check out

I have to admit, the first time I’d ever heard of International Women’s Day was only three years ago, and it was because I had some female fans in Vietnam wish me a happy International Women’s Day on my Facebook. This year, while I’d like to honor women everywhere, I also want to highlight five specific women whom have left impressions on me. Whether I know them personally or from afar, in no particular order, here are the five women I admire. Yon Suh, my mother-in-law My hubs’s mama (whom

Readers of my blog know that I absolutely adore sous vide cooking. From strip steak to Thanksgiving turkey to pork belly bao, we use the technique frequently in our home. In fact, I just cooked pork belly sous vide at my pop-up last week. Today, I introduce to you guest blogger, Joe Hughes, also known as the Sous Vide Wizard. Hughes is an expert in the cooking technique and provides the latest sous vide industry news, techniques, tricks, and recipes on his website. Follow him on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

To all my Houston folks! WHEN: Monday, February 27, at 7 PM WHERE: Ninja Ramen (4219 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007) Today in the school news bulletin! Ninja Ramen presents: Julie Rogers of Coltivare and MasterChef season 3 winner Christine Ha team up for a one-night-only special event to raise funds for Chefs Cycle, a 300-mile bike ride in support of the No Kid Hungry campaign whose mission is to end child hunger in America. On the school cafeteria menu: a special “sack lunch” prepared by Christine Ha, and craft

All I can say is, best blueberry pancakes ever. And everyone knows it, too. The wait on weekdays can Be well over an hour. On weekends? Expect a two- to three-hour wait. The good thing is, like most establishments in New York, you can put your name and number on the wait list, and go somewhere nearby for coffee or cocktails (depending on your MO). The downside is, there aren’t too many options close by. I loathe waiting more than twenty minutes to be seated, but I’ll do so on

Chu mung nam moi! I recently posted a recipe for Vietnamese New Year square cakes, or banh chung, and as promised, here is the YouTube video showing me attempting banh chung for the first time. All I gotta say is, mad respect to Grandma! Wrapping it is the hardest part, and then getting it cooked just right is second. But, like with all things in life, if you’ve stopped learning about food and cooking, you’re no longer living. I think I’m pretty brave attempting to make banh chung without sight.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. You want to do something special for your significant other. You call around to different restaurants but find they are either booked or are boasting menus with inflated prices. Don’t panic. Here’s your new plan: stay in and cook for your S.O. at home. I can’t remember the last time I went out for Valentine’s Day. There’s something more personal and loving about cooking the meal yourself, or better yet, with your S.O. Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic dish for a romantic night in. You

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