Archive for May 2013 | Monthly archive page

Happy Memorial Day, friends! Darren and I are still in Portland, so here are a few Instagram shots from the past few days:

Natty Boh and Crabs Darwin Discovered, Portland Instagram
Kicked off the weekend with Maryland blue crabs and Natty Boh //  Flew to Portland and met this munchkin for the first time (Darren’s niece)

image Nuvrei Patisserie and Cafe, Portland
Visited the Japanese gardens on a rare sunny day // Macarons from Nuvrei Patisserie and Cafe in Pearl District

Lardo, Portland International Rose Test Garden, Portland
Pork meatball banh mi sandwich, Lardo  // International Rose Test Garden

Multnomah Falls, Oregon Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland
Woke up at 5 AM to visit Multnomah Falls. Despite the rain, it was well worth the trip since we had the waterfall to ourselves for over an hour // Voodoo Donuts- Maple Bacon Donut…a gluttonous delight

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Seafood Martini Recipe

Alcohol and seafood. Is there a better combination? Last summer when we were in Cancun, the resort we stayed at served seafood martinis as a late night bar snack. Sounds intriguing, right? Unfortunately, the ‘martini’ I received had zero alcohol and lots of brine. Consider me unimpressed.

Flash forward. We hosted a few friends for dinner recently, and the request was simple: seafood. Lots of it. The failed martini immediately came to mind, and I poked around the Internet searching for something similar (but better). The closest I came were these Seafood Dean martinis by Rachel Ray, but I wasn’t sold. So I went into the kitchen, added a few things here and there, and came up with this. If a Bloody Mary and ceviche engaged in some hardcore baby-making by the ocean, this is their love child. It’s super easy, super tasty, and looks cool. Enjoy! Read More

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Darwin, Discovered - Xiao Long Bao (Dim Sum Garden)

Dim Sum Garden
59 North 11th Street, Reading Terminal/Market East

As frequent visitors of New York City, we always make a point to grab some xiaolongbao (Shanghai soup dumplings) whilst playing in the concrete jungle. When we heard there was a place that served the same in Philly, naturally, we had to check it out.

Located in an underpass nearby Reading Terminal Market, Dim Sum Garden is a small hole-in-the-wall conjuring up memories of Chinatown NYC (or really anywhere, for that matter). Set with small Ikea plastic tables and chairs (some of which have seen better days), the layout was open enough that you didn’t feel like you were dining with strangers, despite its size (a common occurrence in NYC).

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