All posts tagged: chasingcravings

Thavorn Palm Beach Resort: Phuket, Thailand

For the last two nights we spent on Phuket, we had the pleasure of relaxing and exploring Karon Beach and the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort. As their slogan says, “nature”, we were surely transported from the Karon beach town to a jungle serenity.  Our stay at The Thavorn Palm Beach Resort Phuket on Karon Beach was just as the founding family of the Thavorn hotel group intended: peaceful. Located on a massive beachfront property, the tranquil grounds of Thavorn Palm Beach Resort house a beautiful orchid garden, two resident tortoises, rabbits and a host of birds and chickens. When we walked up the stairs at the front entrance into the lobby we were immediately brought to the VIP lounge for check in. The lounge is part of the, soon to be launched, reward program which gives members access to coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks throughout their stay. After completing the check in process we were shown to our room. There are several room types at the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort, all of which are …

Coffee Talk @ Thavorn Palm Beach Resort: Phuket, Thailand

Coffee Talk is one of the restaurants at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort.  It is a quaint coffee shop with some really cool decor.  It truly made us feel like we were back in New York.  I couldn’t resist the Matcha latte!  It was creamy, flavorful and a perfect pick me up, packed with caffeine.  We also tried the Thai Tea, iced with tea ice cubes and sweetened with condensed milk.  This was a huge treat and something I still dream about. The coffee selection here is extensive and they have what they call “Siphon coffee”.  This was a really cool experience.  The heat the water by flame and it rises up into the top of the siphon.  Once brewed, the coffee filters back down into the bottom of the glass, ready to be served.  The coffee winds up being very smooth and flavorful, it does not burn or have a harsh aftertaste.  We gave it an accent by adding some dōTERRA cinnamon bark oil!! This is definitely one of the best ways to brew coffee …

Stacked Restaurant: Koh Samui, Thailand 

Stacked Restaurant on Koh Samui was recently opened and specializes in burgers. When you walk in, you could mistake yourself being in New York or San Diego by the decor and atmosphere of the place. With a huge surfboard table in the middle an retro bar scene, this is a cool place for drinks and great food. We both enjoyed specialty cocktails created by a mixologist from NYC. I had a margarita and Steven tried the island fashion, which was their take on an old fashion. To start we had the grilled Caesar salad. The dressing was clearly homemade and it was so on point. It was creamy and had a hint of anchovy flavor, which is exactly how it should taste. The grilled romaine lettuce was a great touch and it was topped with fresh croutons and shredded Parmesan cheese. The portion size was perfect for two to share as an appetizer. We also tried the Laab Tod, thai style pork meatballs. It came with three smaller size meatballs, so we suggest having your own …

Navigating for Tasty Eats on Koh Tao, Thailand

Preface: major apologies for no photos on this one!!!! We spent close to two weeks in Koh Tao. During this time we visited many different restaurants, mostly throughout meahead. We really enjoyed all of the places where we ate and would recommend all of them, as well as maybe a few that we did not get a chance to try. One of the first places we ate was actually on the pier and it was at a food cart that is run by an older woman. There are couple of food carts that can be found on the pier, but this one is one not to be missed. The special thing about this food cart is the incredible and tasty fried chicken that is made fresh right in front of your eyes. When you walk up to the cart, you can choose exactly which pieces you wish to take home with you after they have just been taken out of the hot oil right next to the cart. We decided to grab one breast, one …

Avocado Egg Salad 

Who guessed it?!  While thinking about how to create a twist on the traditional egg salad, and make something that is a lot lower in cholesterol, I decided to incorporate the only fruit that naturally aids in lowering cholesterol, avocados!!  This egg salad is mayo free and uses fewer yolks than egg whites. This recipe makes a large batch of avocado egg salad. You can make the avocadonaise and use what you need of it and store the leftover just like you would guacamole.  In order to prevent browning of the avocado, store in a tight sealing container. Cover top of avocadonaise with plastic wrap and ensure that the plastic wrap is completely touching the entire top of the avocadonaise. Then place another piece of plastic wrap over the top of the container and seal shut.  Store any leftover avocado egg salad the same way. I prefer a creamier egg salad so this recipe instructs for a larger ratio of avocadonaise to egg. If you like a drier egg salad you can use less avocadonaise. …

Baked Brie

If you are looking for an easy and delicious appetizer or snack, the baked brie is your answer.  With a crusty outside and melty inside, this dish will fulfill your cheesey cravings.  There is also a minimal amount of prep work and can be prepared in advance. Ingredients: 6-8 inch wheel of brie 4 tablespoons fig preserves 1/3 cup sliced almonds 2 eggs 1 package puff pastry Most importantly, make sure you defrost the puff pastry overnight the night before you want to prepare the brie.  You can not defrost it at room temperature as this will change the way the puff pastry will bake.  It is hard to find a good tasting brie that is inexpensive as a whole wheel.  I was able to find a 7 inch wheel of brie at Whole Foods for about $18, which worked very well for this recipe.  Most cheese sections in grocery stores will allow you to taste the cheeses, especially if you are buying a whole wheel.  Picking a brie on the mild side will work …

Thai Coconut Shrimp and Seabass

On an ice cold winter night, a warm and comforting dinner is always the best. This Thai inspired dish was created from some tips from a friend at the fish market and my friend Wendy! We had a great time in the kitchen, partially following the recipe that we were given and then adding a few twists of our own. You can use any type of fish you prefer, or even chicken. Just remember that chicken will need more time to cook! Ingredients: 2 cans coconut milk 1/2 cup water 1 1/2 cup white basmati rice 1 red pepper 1 carton shitaki mushrooms 4 celery stalks 1 zucchini 1 bunch basil 1 bunch cilantro 2 limes 1 whole sea bass, filet and remove skin 8 shrimp Green curry paste (optional) Extra virgin olive oil Salt Instructions: Prepare the rice by adding 1 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup water to 1 1/2 cup rice in a rice maker. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. If you do not have a rice maker, use these same proportions …

Lemony String Beans

String beans are a great side dish that can be created in so many ways. This recipe keeps it simple with some lemon zest and sliced almonds. Usually, I enjoy sautéed string beans or French beans, but I decided to try blanching them. The beans came out perfectly cooked and were so tasty! Ingredients: 2 pound bag of string beans (or French beans) 1/2 cup sliced almonds (or your favorite kind of nut) 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil Zest of 1 whole lemon Salt and pepper Instructions: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook for 5-10 minutes. Make sure you are checking the beans occasionally so you do not overcook them. I prefer them to be more on the crunchy side, but others like them softer. This is totally up to you so taste test as you are stirring them. When they are at the desired texture, remove them from the heat and strain them. Run some cold water over the beans so that you stop …

Cinnamon Bun Waffles

Gooey, sticky, drippy cinnamon buns are one of the most satisfying treats for a sweet craving. We decided to throw them in a waffle maker for breakfast. For those with a sweet tooth, this is a fantastic breakfast treat. Ingredients: Package of pre-made cinnamon rolls (includes frosting) Waffle maker Cooking Spray We used Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, which can be found in the dairy section by the slice and bake cookies and biscuits.  This was purely personal preference, so you can use any brand that you would normally use for regular cinnamon rolls. The waffle iron should be set up and the temperature should be on medium.  The size of the waffle maker will determine the number of rolls that you could do at once.  It is recommended to do one bun first to see how it cooks in the waffle maker.  Place the bun in the center so you can see how much the bun expands and then determine how many you can do in the next batch. When the waffle maker is heated, lightly …

Breakfast Tacos

Scrambled eggs or sunny side up are always a great choice for breakfast, but it is nice to spice it up sometimes and try something new. In my fridge I had some uncooked sausage that was not used from a barbecue this weekend. So with some tomatoes, onions and cheese, why not create a breakfast taco. Here is a great egg recipe that can be created with whatever you have in your kitchen! If you don’t have tomatoes use red or green peppers. Also you could add cilantro or black beans. This recipe is great for kids because they can build their own tacos. Ingredients: 6 eggs 3 tablespoons milk 2 tomatoes 1/2 sweet onion 1 sausage, removed from casing 1/3 cup cheese cubes (your choice) 9 corn tortillas Olive oil, for cooking Salt and pepper Optional toppings: Guacamole (recipe coming soon) Sour cream Salsa Hot sauce Instructions: Begin heating the oil in a pan on medium heat. Finely chop the onion and add to the pan. Let the onion cook down for about 7 …