Beach Day at Gloucester

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Food Review, Massachusetts Eats | 0 comments

Hello hungry readers! If you guys are like me, you love the beach, so when my Aunt invited me to join them for a beach day in Gloucester, I was ecstatic to be able to finally pull out my sunglasses and bikini and head on up. After dreaming of the beach all throughout my long MCAT study days during the early part of this summer, I was mega pumped. I decided to bake a simple cheesecake to bring along as a surprise (recipe to come! ;)) And boy, was it the right decision. Who knew cheesecake and the beach go along so well with each other? We all loved it, and it kept well in the cooler. Topped with the strawberries my Aunt had brought along, it was a summer match made in heaven. After attempting and failing to body board in the freezing sea water, I spent the rest of my time leisurely flipping through The New Yorker and eating snacks while drying out. (In hindsight, I should’ve re-applied sunscreen here, as I got the worst burn EVER! Darn it. Sunscreen is important people! Nerd Jasmine would like to emphasize this. Nobody wants skin cancer. ) For lunch, we headed to this awesome place that served only fried seafood. Can’t go wrong with fried food! Here we have fried: clam, shrimp, clam strips, and scallops. Along with onion rings and french fries, it was a glorious fisherman’s plate. The scallops were my absolute favorite- sweet, juicy and tender on the inside, yet remarkably crisp on the outside. Can anyone say “healthy” though or what? Heehee. It was a long long day, but full of fun and good times. It felt wonderful to take a day away from the city and have some good ol’ R&R. Hope you guys enjoyed this short little post, and hopefully there will be more beach-y experiences for me to share soon hohoho!   – Jas :...

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Jasmine Eats Cambridge: Commonwealth Restaurant and Market

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Food Review, Massachusetts Eats | 0 comments

Hello wonderful foodsters! In case you all did not know already, I’m currently living in Boston for the summer. And what better way to spend my free time than exploring the beautiful city and checking out all the great restaurants this area has to offer? So I decided to start this new series: Massachusetts Eats, where I’ll share any yummy reviews I have of places I’ve been in Boston, Cambridge, or any of the surrounding Massachusetts area. I hope you guys will enjoy going along with me and my stomach for the ride :) Now I dunno about you guys, but I LOVE seafood. Especially the raw stuff, like oysters and sashimi. Being new to the area, the Commonwealth Restaurant and Market was the first place my Aunt and Uncle living here brought me to, and already I’ve returned again and again. Why? Because every Sunday they offer $1 oysters (steal!!) that are locally caught and oh so fresh and delicious. Nothing hits the spot like slurping down a dozen oysters with freshly squeezed lemon and sauce on top. Other than the oysters, they also have pretty good brunch food, with large portion sizes at decent prices. Although everything is pretty yummy, it’s definitely the oysters that keep me coming back. They also have a pretty large drink selection and a nice bar seating area, but the drinks, albeit delicious, are pretty pricey considering the amount you get. All in all though, this restaurant has a very hip young atmosphere, and is definitely a great chill place to bring your friends during the weekends. Highly recommend you all to check it out given the chance! Common Wealth Restaurant and Market 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA, 02142 Tel: (617)945-7030 – Jas :...

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Creamy Mussels

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Recipe | 5 comments

There’s only a little more than a week left until the big gobble gobble day (named thus not for the animal that graces our tables, but for the sounds we make while inhaling food), do you have your big meal all planned out yet? If not, then try these creamy mussels as a delicious addition to the table. Or, if you’re just looking for a vegetarian or seafood dish, then try out this simple recipe. Having moved a year or two ago, my family’s been making very good use of the nearby beach. If you’re thinking that that must mean a lot of pretty girls sunbathing in skimpy bikinis…well, I won’t lie and say that there aren’t but that’s not the important thing. The most important thing is that they don’t mind us watching we now literally have a free fish market practically in our backyard. Fishing’s always been a hobby for my grandpa, and our freezer is reaping the benefits of his hard work. As for the rest of us who don’t have any l33t skillz with a fishing rod? We squat in the sand and gather mussels. That’s right, those slightly creepy looking lumpy black things that you occasionally find attached to rocks? Those things are edible! Pretty amazing, huh? Ingredients: 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped 1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped 4-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 stick butter 2 tbsp EVOO 1/2 cup white wine 1 8 oz can chicken stock 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 cup whole milk 4 lbs mussels pinch of Italian seasoning small pinch of cayenne pepper salt, pepper If you bought your mussels from the market, then skip ahead. If not, you’ll want to get rid of the sand in the mussels before cooking them first. To clean the mussels, if you picked them fresh from the oceans like us, then you’ll see that they’ve got ‘beards’ on them. Give these mussels a shave by rubbing them against each other and soon enough their shells will be smooth and black. Now to make them spit out the sand in their guts, place them in a bowl or try with dry paper towel on the bottom. Cover them with several layers of soaking wet paper towel on top. Stick the whole thing in the fridge and wet the towels on top occasionally. You can keep the mussels in the fridge for two days at the most, and you should find plenty of sand at the bottom. Now that you’ve got clean mussels, the cooking part is simple. Saute your finely chopped celery, onion, and garlic together in the butter. Throw in your seasonings (Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper) to spice things up. Let everything simmer until soft and slightly browned. Add the chicken stock and after the mixture’s boiled, pour in the white wine. Stir well before adding the heavy cream (or whole milk). Once everything has begun to boil again, put your mussels in. Stir everything together and let it boil for another minute before turning off the fire. Keep the lid on everything for about two minutes, and your mussels should be ready. Garnish with a bit of parsley before serving for a pretty finish.  Good luck and enjoy~! ~ AJ ~ Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie Hwang P.S. If you come across any mussels with closed shells, don’t eat them! This means that the mussel was dead before you cooked them, and the last thing you want to eat is seafood that’s not...

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Food Ramble Time! (Picture Heavy!)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in Eating like an Emperor - in Taiwan, Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Hey guys! Rest be assured, we have not abandoned this blog! Things have been so busy that I was surprised once I realized it was already March! Wow, how time flies… On another note, I thought I would get this blog back up and running by putting up a simple post of me rambling. About food that is. xD Recently I’ve been craving so many things! Most of them are Taiwanese street food, which is sadly inaccessible for me now. :( The first thing I will do when I return to Taiwan is eat, eat, and eat. I’ll just spend the day shopping and then head over to the night market and eat through all the stalls. Ah, pure bliss. Until then, I spend my time thinking about it, which might be driving my friends crazy. These days when I’m talking to my friends, the conversation somehow ends up on food most of the time. I have no idea how this happens. Just the other day my korean friend was telling me about all the spicy korean food that I had to try, and now I want kimchi fried rice to satiate my cravings. In the meantime, I feel happy looking at the pictures I took last time. Here are some foods I want to eat again: Are you guys hungry now too? The other day my friend treated me to Haagen Daz! So happy. I tried the Belgian Irish Cream flavour with a waffle cone. Yum yum, so good. The lady gave us two huge scoops, which needed heavy tongue licking action to keep from dripping. Don’t you guys think that ice cream tastes so much better in the winter time? Lately, my favorite thing to eat when I get home from school is hot rice straight out of the rice cooker, with an extremely gooey barely cooked egg on top, and with dashes of soy sauce and sesame oil mixed in. Then I break the egg, let the yolk sink into the rice, and mix it all together. SO DELICIOUS. Easy to make, and perfect to fill your tummy. Okay, I think I will finish up this post. Extremely random, but hoped you guys enjoyed! I will probably elaborate on some of the dishes in the pictures in future posts, so comment if you want to know more! – Jas Photographs taken by Jasmine...

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Broiled Salmon

Posted by on Nov 20, 2010 in Recipe | 8 comments

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m sure many of you are wondering what to cook for the big meal – besides the turkey of course. And so, the next few posts will be dedicated to what could be considered a ‘main’ dish instead of the little easy ‘appetizers’ I’ve been putting up lately. If your family’s thinking of making turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, then it looks like the ‘meat’ area of the meal is covered. For those of you who may be looking to add another pretty dish that can stand up to the almighty presence of a fully prepped, over-sized chicken on steroids…here’s a family favorite. Salmon! Broiled Salmon This recipe is simple and delicious (like many of the others shown on S.S.Munchies!). Depending on your own tastes and how big the salmon is, the amount of ingredients used will vary. Ingredients: salmon Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, paprika, rosemary, fresh dill salt, pepper EVOO lemon butter Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper (or aluminum foil) and drizzle EVOO along the bottom. Sprinkle salt and pepper before placing the salmon on the baking sheet (skin side down!). Add your choice of herbs over the top of the salmon (the ones we used are listed in the ingredients). If you’re using the same herbs that we did then paprika would go on last, before placing fresh dill on top. Prettier that way? Perhaps. I’ll let you decide. Taking a stick of butter, slice about 1/8 inch thick (or thinner) and place on top of the sprinkling of herbs. Once the butter is evenly placed along the salmon, slice a few lemons to place on top of the butter. The lemons make for a nice garnish and it also prevents the fish from burning while cooking in the oven. Once you’re finished layering your fish, stick it in the oven for ten minutes. After ten minutes, lower the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees and continue baking for around twenty minutes. Bake time may differ depending on how large and thick your slice of salmon is so make sure to check on it from time to time! The salmon should be nice and tender. Plate with some veggies on the side, or just make use of the lemons. Enjoy~! ~ AJ ~ Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie...

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