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Foodie penpals reveal day! (July 2012)

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A few weeks ago, I received a package from my foodie pen pal Renee.  I was on my way out when I saw the package but I didn’t open it yet and had to wait until I got home later that afternoon.  Renee blogs over at Tortillas and Honey and she has a lot of mouthwatering collection of recipes that you should check out.  I am seriously wanting to try one of her blueberry cheesecake cupcakes!!

When I finally got to open the package, I saw that she sent me a lot of yummy treats! She sent me plantains (which I devoured immediately), macadamia and cranberry bars, McCormick recipe for Lime fajitas (going to try that one asap), breakfast on the go, and even my Trader joe’s favorites: Roasted pistachio toffee and chocolate bars.  She just spoiled me and my sweet tooth!

Not only those, she also sent me green chiles ( what New Mexico is famous for!)  and her mom made apricot butter from her very own apricot tree! My husband and I seriously loved this! We have it on our toasts every morning 🙂  Thanks Renee for spoiling me and I loved every single thing you sent me! (and that includes your letter with the ristras photo)

If you want to be spoiled (like me!) and you want to send some yummy treats to someone then you should sign up for this fun event.  Just head over to Lindsay’s website to sign up.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

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Recipe: Pan de sal

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There are two reasons for this post: first is I love and incredibly miss having pandesal every morning, and second is I booked a flight to the Philippines this September!  I am very excited to visit home and I could only think of nothing but Filipino foods (and my family and friends of course!) ever since I made that reservation. Read more…

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Photos: Bite of Seattle 2012

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It is time for the annual Bite of Seattle this weekend and It is a fun event for the whole family.  For one weekend out of the year, Seattle restaurants and food companies become center stage at the Comcast Bite of Seattle.  Basically, It means lots of food! As much as I wanted to try everything, I could only try some of it – pork lumpia, Russian dumpling and crab cakes! Happy Sunday everyone!

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Recipe: Cinnamon bread pudding

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Every time I go to Pike Place Market I always grab two demi baguettes at Le Panier. They offer authentic French patisserie and I just love their macaroons! Anyway, two demi baguettes are obviously more than enough for my husband and I so I had this half-loaf of bread sitting on the counter waiting to be eaten. I went online and found this recipe for a bread pudding. It did wonders to my 3-day old baguette. Read more…

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Recipe: Cherry hand pies

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Since I moved to Seattle, I relish the fact that during the summer I can get seasonal cherries instead of the usual produce like apples, tomatoes and oranges which you can find at grocery stores at any time of the year. I think a lot of people like me anticipate the sun’s welcoming rays letting the people know that summer has come to Seattle. You will know that the sun has graced on the city by seeing people wear shorts and dresses for a change, seeing hardly any umbrellas in sight, and Pike Place market is suddenly crammed with camera-laden locals and tourists looking in awe at tents of fresh local seasonal cherries. Sad to say, summer is far beyond my reach but I read somewhere that February is national cherry month which gives me good enough reason to post this cherry hand pie recipe I saw from food network magazine. Read more…

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Foodie penpal reveal day!

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Last month I joined Foodie penpals hosted by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean and it is where foodies everywhere send their favorite foodie stuff (food!) and it works by you getting paired with two persons: one you will be sending the package to and other you will be receiving from.  It is very exciting especially when you know the package full of surprise foodie stuff will be in your mail box soon! (Details about this program will be explained later in the post)

For this month I was paired with Carolyn who is a health coach and licensed massage therapist from Ohio. She sent me goodies from Ohio and I love every single thing that she sent me! Can’t wait to try making the pizza dough since I just recently started making my own and that coffee was simply amazing.  You can visit her website here.  Thanks so much Carolyn!

If you want to join this program please visit The Lean Green Bean and fill up the form.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

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Recipe: Crusty parmesan bread

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Sometimes having a plain bread is not enough, and topping parmesan on a bread brings out something more.  I grabbed these potato slider buns at Macrina bakery (photos below) one day and decided to do just that.  This recipe is plain simple and I was contemplating whether or not I should post this because I can’t simply tell you to slice your bread in half, top it with your favorite cheese then broil them for a minute of two – but I’m doing it anyway because I had so much fun taking photos of the cheese and bread.  Maybe this will inspire me to use for sandwiches or burgers but right now I’m going to enjoy the deliciousness of this simple recipe.

Ingredients

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 baguette or slider buns

Procedure

Preheat the broiler to low. In a small bowl, mix the butter, mayonnaise and cheese.  Cut the baguette in half both crossways and horizontally. Evenly spread cheese mixture on the bread. Place on a baking sheet and broil until golden, about 3 minutes.

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Photos: Fremont Solstice parade 2012

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It was a cloudy Saturday when my husband and I drove to Fremont looking for a spot to park our car.  10 blocks away we walked towards the event wondering to myself  “why am I so excited to see naked people ride bikes?” – because this would be my first time to witness such parade and I could only feel excitement as I was thinking about If I have enough battery life for my camera (thank God I brought a spare)  We immediately grabbed a bite and situated ourselves close to the parade as possible – I am shorter than most people 🙂  As soon as the naked bicyclists flooded the main road I was busy taking pictures and having fun! Here are some of the “kid-friendly” photos I took that I want to share with you.

“The Fremont Fair is one of Seattle’s most beloved neighborhood street festivals featuring a weekend of eclectic activities that celebrate the quirky community of Fremont, the self-proclaimed “center of the universe.” Held annually in mid-June to coincide with the Summer Solstice, the event draws more than 100,000 people to shop, eat, drink, mingle, groove, and enjoy all manners of creative expression. Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, the free-spirited Solstice Parade produced by the Fremont Arts Council, and many other oddities that personify Fremont’s official motto “Delibertus Quirkus” – Freedom to be Peculiar.” – Fremont Fair website

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Recipe: Cinnamon honey banana bread

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Bananas are one of those fruits that I grab every time I go to the grocery store every week, and sometimes I just had too much that some of them ripens to the point where you can’t even eat them anymore.  One way to not waste your ripe bananas is to make banana bread!   I looked online for a simple banana bread recipe and I came across Sugarlaws where she posted this cinnamon honey banana bread.  I had all the ingredients in my pantry so I baked away while listening to KEXP. This is one of the best banana breads I’ve ever had! I used the saigon cinnamon which I bough from Marketspice, and the raspberry honey from Moon valley.  Both the sweetest of their kind, so I was hoping only for the best results.  You can use any kind of honey that you have too. ...READ MORE…