Archive | March, 2013

Fruit Dating

31 Mar

Carambola_fruit[1]Have you ever wished your food could be as adorable as it is delicious? I mean, I’m talking food that just makes you want to put your hand over your heart and croon “Awwwwww…”

If you, like me, appreciate cute food, I have the perfect little gem for you: Starfruit, aka carambola.

Here’s a picture of the little guys from the side, the top, and sliced.

See, I told you. Adorbs, right?

It’s extremely juicy, and has a mild, sweet flavor. Besides all that, it is good for you, too!

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Wednesday $5 Bang Bang!

28 Mar

002If you love seafood, this dish is for you.

If you think seafood is ok, this dish is for you.

If you are trying to like seafood, this dish is for you.

If you are allergic to seafood…er, well maybe this dish isn’t for you.

But for everyone else, Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp is a dish you don’t want to miss!

“Tender, crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce” is how the restaurant’s website describes it. I would add “…that will make your tastebuds dance!”

It is served on a bed of mixed field greens, the perfect complement to the rich shrimp. It is meant to be an appetizer, but combined with the complementary bread, it is more than satisfying.

The bread, served with an olive oil and pesto dip, is also amazing. Tonight we had to wait to get our bread, because it was still baking. Oh. My. Goodness. Incredible.

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Aihua International Market, Part 2

26 Mar

443What’s that? You were so intrigued after reading my last post, that you want to know more about Aihua International Market?

Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m totally smitten with this treasure, too, so I went back for another round of food hunting! If you haven’t stopped in to check the market out yet, maybe this post will give you that final little push.

Ever tried guayaba, also known as guava? These little gems are native to Mexico and Central and South America, but are now cultivated in the tropics throughout the world.

My uncle loves them for their overwhelming scent as they ripen on the tree. I love them for their sharp, sweet-and-sour bite that leaves you wanting more.

The are also low in calories and full of nutrients. A single guava has four times more Vitamin C than an orange,  so feel free to indulge guilt-free!

(See above photo of the guavas taunting the oranges with their much smaller size AND higher Vitamin C content. I never said they were nice…just tasty.)

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Aihua International Market

20 Mar

471If you haven’t been in to explore Evansville’s largest international grocery, it’s time for a little trip to Aihua International Market on North Green River Road.

The owner, Aihua Sun, opened her first small store in 2003.

After bursting at the seams for several years, the business moved across the street into a much larger facility in 2010.

The store carries food from all over the world including Russia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as from a variety of Asian cuisines. The aisles are even labeled for your convenience.

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Cafe Arazu and Magnificent Mulligatawny!

18 Mar

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Last week, a friend and I went to lunch at Cafe Arazu to celebrate my birthday. The Cafe serves a variety of Middle Eastern cuisine.

This adorable Newburgh restaurant is as delicious as it is charming. Set in the heart of downtown Newburgh, the Cafe is surrounded by all sorts of quant little shops and boutiques.

I had eaten at Cafe Arazu several years ago and remember enjoying it. I am not sure why it has taken me so long to return!

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The soup of the day, mulligatawny, was a creamy, filling stew of chicken, rice, and vegetables.

It tasted strongly and wonderfully of curry and was topped with chopped green apple and herbs. It was one of the most delicious soups I have had in a long time and I’m already craving it again!

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Malian Saka Saka

8 Mar

Oh. my. tastebuds.

Over the weekend, I hosted a dinner party with my Malian-American friend Tigui as the featured chef.

For weeks, my friend had tried to hunt down some goat meat for us. It got a little complicated, so we decided to go with roast lamb from the Old Fashioned Butcher Shoppe.

Lamb + Onion + Spinach + Okra = Deliciousness!

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If this picture makes your mouth water, here’s the recipe (based on 3 lbs. of meat):

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Dragonfruit Rrrrrrrrrrr

3 Mar

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Her bright pink skin is smooth and vibrant. Her delicate, vivid green petals adorn like jewelry. She has a mystique that’s second to none.

The New York Times calls this member of the cactus family a “fruit with a future” and Hollywood’s new “it girl.”

Her name: Dragonfruit.

This mysterious little gem has always called to me from the boxes at various international markets. For years, I have stared at her. Picked her up and investigated her, but always put her down.

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