Tag Archives: French

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

It’s a pleasure to break the yolk and mix it up with noodles and pancetta.

I loved this Spaghetti alla Carbonara from Gamine.
Spaghetti alla Carbonara @ Gamine

They have a straight-forward French bistro menu. All dishes for our dinner, from the mussels to the beef tartare, tasted great.

It’s a cozy food spot on the border of San Francisco’s Marina and Cow Hollow neighborhoods. With candle light, good wine and great service, it was a romantic night out with my hubby.

Our server shook our hands as we left the restaurant, wishing us a pleasant evening.

So classy!


My hubby and I celebrated our 6th anniversary at Papillon in Fremont last weekend. Our wedding date falls just a day after our first date ever. We ran around San Francisco, hunting for bizarre items in a thrift store scavenger hunt 11 years ago. We ended the night at Ghirardelli Square, holding hands and walking by the beach.

I’m happy that we found a sweet, romantic spot in Fremont to celebrate our relationship.
Tomato Puree Soup
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Roam – if you want to…

There are times when I go stir-crazy at home.

When the travel bug hits – I could follow in the footsteps of an 80’s band and lose myself in videos of mountain climbers, martial artists and tribal leaders.

“Roam if you want to-oo… Roam around the world” – by the B52s.

Or – I can hit the road and use food as my ticket to another country.

Fresh veggies in an Oakland garden transported us to Italy. Scott insisted on picking his heirloom tomatoes moments before he was ready to prep them for this delightful caprese platter with fresh basil leaves, fresh mozzarella balls and sourdough baguette slices.
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In My Belly: Exploring St. Petersburg flavors

Original post on my Brainpickings

ST. PETERSBURG – I need coffee in the morning. This has been true since my figure skating days and now on my early morning shifts in the newsroom.

The kitchenette and hot water pot in my hotel room have been a blessing on my two-week stay. I can start off my morning with a hot cup of coffee and a small breakfast of bread, sausage and cheese. I’m not a huge fan of breakfast, but my morning ritual helped me survive my lectures.

I like grocery shopping in other countries. It’s always a treat to see what other folks eat outside of the tourist zone. In St. Petersburg, I have learned to skip the extra fee for a plastic bag and use my backpack for shopping.

After class, I treat myself to a culinary adventure.
Beef, white mushrooms and noodles
I enjoyed the savory sauce over the noodles, beef and white mushrooms at Terrassa.
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