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A Taste of Taiwan: Sushi Takeout!

Hey everyone! I've officially been living in Taiwan for about a month now, which was enough time to stuff myself fat and take a couple hundreds of pictures of food. All for you guys! At first I contemplated making my first Taiwan series post an overall view of what I've been eating and visually drown you all in ...

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Moist Strawberry Topped Citrus Cake

Hello everyone! Recently Taiwan has been raining cats and dogs like nobody's business and our house has already accumulated three doggies! It's preposterous. Lots of rain=no going out=eating at home. Thus, my stomach is taking a much needed break today. In the meantime, here's a recipe for a yummy citrus cake that I whipped up during the holidays ...

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Surprise Sliders

Ahh, summer. What does that word mean to you? Is it simply the hot season, or is it the time of year for sunblock and mosquito repellent? For me, it's all of the above plus a nice cool glass to ...

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Try out these quick and tasty ideas!

  • Pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. Stock up on them and store whole in plastic bags -- they'll last up to three months in the fridge.
  • To seed a pomegranate mess free, simply cut into quarters and submerge it in water. Loosen the seeds under water and drain. Tada!
  • Drink a glass of pomegranate juice instead of orange juice in the morning. It's full of vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Simmer equal parts bbq sauce and pomegranate juice. Roast chicken wings for 40 minutes at 400 °F
  • For a pretty and simple parfait, dip ladyfingers in pomegranate juice and layer in glasses with vanilla pudding.


This isn't exactly a Kitchen Tale since it doesn't take place in the kitchen, but it's still a fun little story about food. The Kitchen Tales section is here for any food-related story, whether it's in the kitchen or not. So don't hesitate to contribute some of your interesting tales to us!

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When I was little, my dad worked in Ohio while my sister and I stayed in New York with my mom to continue our education. My dad would come visit whenever he could, and I'd tag along during vacations. 

Besides my first cookie disaster (as seen in the first newsletter), I have plenty of fond memories of Ohio. One of which is of our car's windshield glowing slightly at night due to the sheer amount of fireflies smushed against the glass. However, I like to think that those little fireflies were eagerly attempting to hitch a ride with us because we were on our way to a famous little ice cream stand.

Unfortunately, I can't remember what the place was called, or where it was even. It was located pretty far out in the outskirts and was literally the only building around. Even so, the stand was always crowded at night with a line of people waiting to order their ice cream. Why? Well, it wasn't simply due to the flavors they had available or even how tasty the ice cream itself was. To put it simply, the waffle cone was as long as my forearm and it held a heaping amount of ice cream...whatever flavor I desired. Best of all? The price was reasonable, cheap even. Just another reason why it was so popular.

Eating the ice cream was a bit tricky at times. A spoon just didn't give the same satisfying experience, but without a spoon meant going home with a sticky face and hands. I don't think there was ever a time when we actually managed to finish our ice cream. Many times, the half-eaten cone would end up in our freezer and finished the next day. That is just how big it was.

One of these days, I'll have to visit Ohio again and drive around in search of that little stand.

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