All posts tagged: foodie

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 …

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 …

The White House Tavern: Aspen, CO

The White House Tavern was our last meal in Aspen, and boy did we go out with a bang! We sat at the bar with Tyler and a full view of the open kitchen. Although this was only half of the kitchen, as the other half is in the back, we were still able to see a lot of the exciting action. Tyler started us off sharing a local beer on draught, while we decided what to have. Once he told us the special was a version of a reuben, we were sold. We just had to decide if we wanted to have the super popular chicken sandwich or a burger. I do not eat burgers very often because I like to have my burger rare or medium rare and sometimes it is hard to find a place that you can order this way. When I told Tyler this, he said “Go with the burger!”, so we did. We sipped our beer, which was really good, and toasted to a fantastic week in Aspen. We …

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 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 …

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 …