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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 …

Off the Beaten Path: An Unforgettable Birthday in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The day started out with a Happy Birthday FaceTime call from Jess’s family back home.  I told them about the day that Steven had planned for me and we were so excited.  About 20 minutes later, there was a knock on the door; our breakfast was here! We enjoyed breakfast in bed (included with our room) at The Sarai Resort and Spa; it was more like a feast.  Jess had the traditional Cambodian soup with rice noodles bok choi and bean sprouts as well as home made yoghurt with muesli and fresh papaya, jackfruit, passionfruit, and pineapple.  Steven had plain congee, which is similar to porridge, but made with rice that is cooked in water for many hours or overnight.  This was accompanied by smoked fish and a salted duck egg.  We shared some buttermilk pancakes, but they were nothing like Jeffrey’s pancakes that Jess was craving.  They accidentally also brought us vegetable fried rice, which we hadn’t ordered, but we definitely enjoyed anyway.  Breakfast was also served with a piece of toast, a croissant …

nOmPANG! for Lunch in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

After much research about where to go for lunch, Steven, Gillian, Gavin and I decided to try a place called nOmPANG!  We showed Sony, our tuk tuk driver, where to go on a map and we were on our way. We had chosen this place because it had some good reviews online and had been written up by a few other travelers.  We just knew that they made great sandwiches and you could chose from a bunch of options inside.  When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised by the decor and cleanliness of the restaurant. You can chose to take out or stay to eat at the small tables in the front.  The place seats about 18 people.  We went up to the counter to order and we chose the special with deli meats, pate, pork, and fried egg.  The sandwich is also stuffed with fresh herbs and veggies and seasoned with some house sauces.   We also ordered the sandwich with beef, which did not have a fried egg, but it did have the …

From Hanoi: The Capital of Vietnam to Hoi An: Tailor Shops by Day, City of Lanterns by Night

Our last day in Hanoi was really just the morning, which we decided to spend enjoying what the hotel restaurant had to offer as we had breakfast included with our room.  We stayed at La Siesta Hotel Trendy, the new sister hotel to La Siesta Hanoi Resort and Spa.  The restaurant in the hotel is the Red Bean Restaurant and has been rated as one of the top five restaurants in Hanoi. The included breakfast spread was a mix between a western style breakfast and a Vietnamese style breakfast, though other items could be ordered off the menu. Fresh fruit, home made yogurt, and an order of beef Pho made for for a great start to the day. We finished breakfast with a vietnamese egg coffee and a vietnamese coffee, checked out and ordered an uber. They also offer cooking classes, but we did not have time to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. We highly recommend staying at this brand new hotel!  The service was impeccable and they made sure everything was perfect from …

New City, New Friends, New Memories in Hanoi, Vietnam

About a week before our journey to Southeast Asia began, Jess overheard another nanny talking about how she was moving to Hanoi in a few days while waiting for school pickup. Jess couldn’t help but introduce herself to ask for some tips about the city. They ended up exchanging emails and after a few quick messages back and forth, planned to meet in Hanoi. As a pleasant surprise, Morgan and her husband Nick offered to show us around for the day, as it had been almost eight years since they first met while studying abroad in Vietnam and wanted to do some touristy things as well. We began our day meeting our new friends at Cafe Phố Cũ, a well hidden gem of a coffee shop located behind two souveneer shops. Had we not met Morgan and Nick out front, we never would have found the place! After a brief conversation on the sidewalk, Morgan drove her motor bike straight through the souveneer shop, down an alley in the back of the store and into …

Tim Ho Wan: Dim Sum

The moment we heard about an inexpensive, Michelin Star rated Dim Sum restaurant, we knew we had to try it. Tim Ho Wan, which actually lost its Michelin Star this year, definitely did not dissapoint! We had originally planned to go to Tim Ho Wan for dinner, as a friend advised they would be packed during the lunch hours. Tucked away in the lower level of the IFC mall in the MTR Central Station, Tim Ho Wan was not easy to find. By the time we found it, after walking in circles for an hour and a half, the lunch rush was nearing its end and we only had to wait in line for ten minutes. Even though there was a short wait, the restaurant was still very crowded.  As people got up, seats were immediately filled and many of the tables were communal. As we waited to be seated, we were handed a pencil and a yellow card to place our order. We didn’t realize we were suppose to fill this out while we were waiting, …

Shrimp Teriyaki Soba with Brussel Sprouts and Yellow Beans

This is a great hearty and healthy dinner that is ready in under 30 minutes, but when you taste it you would never be able to guess. This recipe serves 1 person with some leftover for a cold lunch salad. Ingredients: 12 medium shrimp 10 brussel sprouts  Small bag of frozen yellow beans (you can also use fresh yellow beans or string beans) 2 oz dry soba (one serving size or one bundle, depending on how it is packaged) 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce  2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil   Instructions: Marinate the shrimp with 1 tablespoon of teriyaki sauce and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. If you like the brand of teriyaki sauce that you normally buy then just use that. I have found that most brands that I try are too sweet and have too much garlic in them so I doctor that by adding some extra soy sauce. In a medium sauce pan boil water and cook the soba for 2 minutes less than the instructions. Usually the instructions say …

Brussel Sprout and Radicchio Slaw

Cole slaw with mayo and cabbage is always great with your sandwiches, but sometimes it is nice to have some new flavors and a healthier side dish.  This slaw uses brussel sprouts and radicchio to make a gluten and dairy free side dish that everyone will love.  It is easy and a great prepare ahead dish for when you are having a party.  It is also great to make at the beginning of the week and enjoy it throughout the week as it gets better and better with time! Ingredients: 1/4 cup canola oil 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon celery salt Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed 1 small head radicchio 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts Instructions: Begin the process about 1 hour before you are planning to serve this salad.  The slaw develops fuller flavor as it sits and the dressing soaks into the veggies.  You can …

Baked Spaghetti Squash

When you are in the mood for Italian, but don’t want all of the calories of pasta, turn to spaghetti squash for your answer! This gluten free and one pan dish is easy and so tasty. The recipe makes 1 whole 9×11 pan of spaghetti squash “lasagna”. Ingredients: 1 large size spaghetti squash (or 2 smaller ones) 15 ounces of ricotta 1 medium size fresh mozzarella 1 container of spinach 1 clove of garlic 1 cup tomato sauce (fresh or jarred) Extra Virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Instructions: Preheat the oven to bake at 400 degrees. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and drizzle with olive oil. Lightly coat a 9×11 Pyrex or aluminum pan with olive oil and place the squash cut side down on the pan. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes. While the squash is baking, combine the ricotta, egg, spinach, minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper in a large mixing bowl. Also, slice the fresh mozzarella into 1/4 inch slices. Remove the squash from …

Chasin’ Craving’s Creamy Clam Chowder

It is a pretty big challenge for two people to eat 100 topneck clams in one sitting!!! A friend of the family runs a large seafood distribution company in Miami. We were able to pick up 100 clams for $42 while down in Florida. We love clams, but eating all of them in one sitting was a complete fail. We had about 40 clams left over, so I decided to create my own take on New England clam chowder (and yes the clams were actually from New England)! Here is a great recipe that will make 2 to 3 quarts of soup. It seems like a lot, but once you taste it you will be happy you have some to freeze and have later. Ingredients: 40 live topneck clams (30 for the soup and 10 for garnish) 4 cups water 1 cup heavy cream 2 cups half and half 3 tablespoons flour 3 celery stalks 2 large carrots 1/2 sweet onion 6 russet potatoes 2 sprigs fresh thyme 3 teaspoons chives 4 slices bacon cooked …