Budinca de Dovlecei – Zucchini Pie

Budinca de Dovlecei is a traditional Romanian dish that is similar to crustless zucchini quiche. The difference is less eggs, more vegetables, and a lot more cheese.   In order to pack a lot of zucchini into the recipe, the vegetables are shredded. Excess water is squeezed out of the zucchini and then mixed with … Read more

Romanian White Cabbage Salad – Salatǎ de Varzǎ

Romanian White Cabbage Salad with Dill

Romanian cuisine is particularly known for its meaty dishes. Roasted pork knuckle, a variety of sausages, cabbages stuffed with pork, or savory meatballs (chiftale) are on the top of the menu.  Alongside such dishes are often very simple salads, which are meant to offset the heavy entrées. Romanian White Cabbage Salad (Salatǎ de Varzǎ) is … Read more

Chiftele – Romanian Meatballs

Romanian Meatballs - Chiftele

These traditional Romanian meatballs, called chiftele, are pretty unique, as well as being absolutely delicious. Most cuisines have their own version of ground meat rolled into a ball, but there are many regional differences in meatballs The ingredients and the spices in meatballs are a great indicator of the flavors that dominate a region’s cuisine. … Read more

Zacusca – Romanian Eggplant and Red Pepper Spread

Eggplant and Red Bell Pepper Spread

Zacusca is a slow cooked eggplant and red pepper spread. This traditional Romanian dish is made in Autumn when its main ingredients, eggplants and gogosari peppers are in season. Gogosari peppers very similar to red bell peppers, which is what I use in this recipe. During our time in Romania, we came to enjoy having … Read more

Taipei Food Guide – What to Eat in Taipei

Taipei Food Guide

In preparing to write this Taipei Food Guide, we immersed ourselves in Taiwanese food culture. And this is definitely a foodie city. There are restaurants everywhere, and the Taipei night markets are a regular destination for locals. Entering any of the food markets that dot the city is an immersive experience. The crowds jostle to … Read more

Taipei Cooking Class and Market Tour

Taipei Taiwan Cooking Class

While there were many reasons that we were looking forward to our first trip to Taipei, Taiwan, one very specific reason topped the list. During the very beginning of our stay we signed up for a Taiwan cooking class where we were going to learn to make one of our favorite dishes. Xiao Long Bao … Read more

Things To Do in Tbilisi, Georgia

Things To Do in Tbilisi

Looking for things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia? First of all, we’re not talking about Georgia, the state in the southeast of the United States. Tbilisi is the capital city of the country of Georgia, located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Its neighbors include Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.  Before visiting Tbilisi, we had … Read more

Malaysian Prawn Sambal

Prawn Sambal Recipe

Prawn Sambal (or Sambal Udang, Sambal Shrimp) relies heavily on one of Malaysia’s favorite ingredients, Sambal Sauce. The spicy sauce is a staple in Malaysian cooking. The very basic sauce, Sambal Oelek, is a paste made with fiery red chiles and plus a little salt and/or vinegar.   Recipes for Sambal sauces vary widely from … Read more

Johor Bahru Malaysia Night Markets

Johor Bahru Night Market

There is no better place to experience the diversity and heart of Johor Bahru than a night market. The universal appeal of good cheap eats, fresh vegetables at bargain rates, and the unexpected encounter or trinket proves to be a universal draw. Night markets open most days of the week, at different locations. We regularly … Read more

Nasi Tomato – Tomato Rice

Nasi Tomato

Nasi Tomato (or Tomato Rice) is a flavorful Malaysian side dish. But with the complex mix of sweet and tart tastes in this dish, it can easily be served on its own. It is typically served with Ayam Masak Merah (which is a lightly spicy chicken dish simmered in a sauce with tomatoes). The combination … Read more