Archive | February, 2013

Chinatown Philly, Part 2

28 Feb

After our crazy journey to get to Philly over the weekend, there was no way I was leaving the city without raiding Chinatown. Plus I had a white friend with me who had missed dim sum the day before. She needed to be initiated.

Must-find Chinese delights: Wu Gok, the taro root dumplings that I raved about in my last post.

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Next on the list: Bubble Tea, also known as Pearl or Tapioca Tea, boba tea, “the drink with the fat straw,” and a variety of other names.

These delicious drinks come in a ton of different flavors including papaya, coconut, honeydew, taro, coffee, thai tea, lychee, or mango.

Some are the same consistency as any iced drink. Some are blended into a thick smoothie.

But the element that makes Bubble Tea what it is are the dark Tapioca balls waiting for you at the bottom of the cup.

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Chinatown Philly

25 Feb

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So a couple of friends and I took a road trip to Philadelphia over the weekend to go to The Justice Conference. It was exhausting, since we spent 30 of the 70 hours we were gone on the road and encountered snow, ice, and car trouble.

One redeeming part of the trip, however, was that Chinatown was only 3 blocks away! We ate Dim Sum one afternoon where I was so excited I completely forgot to take pictures. Oops.

The servers pushed their carts of steaming little delicacies around and we picked whichever plates we wanted. My friend chose exotics such as jellyfish and shark fin dumplings, the latter of which are controversial because the sharks are killed just for their fins.

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Perfect Plantains!

20 Feb

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Plantains are an easy, delicious treat. You might be wondering “What is the difference between plantains and bananas?” Bananas can be eaten raw while plantains are starchier and served cooked. My friend Tigui from Mali recently showed me how to fry plantains.

At first I got a little worried because her plantains were very green on the outside and mine were black and yellow (more black than anything). So I did a little research and was relieved to find that plantains can be friend at any stage of ripeness. Just like bananas, the more yellow/black they are, the sweeter they taste.

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Happy taste buds, empty wallet

17 Feb

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Ever since I sampled their delicious food at a downtown event several years ago, Eclipse Spanish Tapas and Bar has been at the top of my “must try” list.

The concept of tapas, small dishes that everyone shares, reminds me of one of my favorite Cantonese Chinese traditions, Dim Sum.

Adventureous friend in tow, I finally checked it out last night. The ambiance and decor were delightful. We were seated quickly. I drooled over the menu. But *gulped* at the prices.

We decided to try three different dishes…

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Bienvenidos. Akeyi. Welcome!

10 Feb

086I am an early-thirties adventurer who spent the majority of my twenties traveling the world doing mission work.

I climbed mountains. I held babies. I ate worm cocoons. I cried at poverty and suffering. I drank deeply of each new culture I experienced. I laughed. A lot.

I discovered many new passions and interests along the way, and fell irrevocably in love with different cultures and new experiences.

Now I’m “settled in” finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and continuing to enjoy as much adventure as I can find in my little corner of the world.

One of the ways I attempt to hold my wanderlust at bay is through my taste buds. I have found that an amazing little off-the-beaten-path restaurant or a delicious international meal cooked with my friends can transport us via our senses to a different country with each flavorful bite.

For example, wouldn’t this delectable Baked Salmon in Lime-Coconut Cream Sauce just fly your senses somewhere that’s not here?

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