Ferme de la Rançonnière, France

Fifteen kilometers from Bayeux in the village of Crépon,

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lies a 13th century farmhouse called Ferme de la Rançonnière. Continue reading “Ferme de la Rançonnière, France”

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Seattle Restaurant Week – Vendemmia

Seattle Restaurant Week is held bi-annually in April and October. With more than 165 King County restaurants offering three-course dinners for $32, it is a great way to try out new places within budget .

This year we visited Vendemmia – a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Madrona.

We started our meal with an assortment of appetizers for the table, that includes

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Mont Saint-Michel – La Mère Poulard

The day we visited Mont Saint-Michel, the weather wasn’t perfect.

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So we made the best out of it having lunch at La Mère Poulard. Continue reading “Mont Saint-Michel – La Mère Poulard”

Memphis & New Orleans

This is a guest blog by my friend Jing, a first-time blogger who was born in China and moved to the US not so long ago. Jing visited several southern states during the time of Christmas and New Year 2016. Right after the election, I heard stories about foreigners being threatened and mistreated and was concerned about her trip down South. As it turned out, my worries were completely unnecessary.  Continue reading “Memphis & New Orleans”

Big John’s PFI, Seattle

Who would have thought that rummaging through an old dimly lit warehouse could be so much fun?

At Big John’s Pacific Food Importers, you’ll find aisles of specialty food items such as Hazelnut Spread from Italy made with Arcacia honey and Piedmont hazelnut; Cream of Almonds from Sicily; or Crème de Calisson from Aix-en-Provence.

Shelves of olive oils from France, Italy, Morocco or Spain. Continue reading “Big John’s PFI, Seattle”

Gion Kawakami, Kyoto

After making a brief stop in the snow laden Kanazawa, we arrived in Kyoto late afternoon to a brilliant sunset.

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For dinner, we went to Gion Kawakami (祇園川上). It turned out to be one of the most satisfying meals we’ve had in Japan this time around. Continue reading “Gion Kawakami, Kyoto”

Daebak Wang Mandoo

Tucked away in a strip mall in the Korean neighborhood of Federal Way, Daebak Wang Mandoo is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in Wang Mandoo.

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Mandoo (만두) or mandu is dumplings in Korean. Wang (meaning king) mandoo (왕만두) refers to buns.  Continue reading “Daebak Wang Mandoo”

Dough Zone

Chinese restaurants in America (except those in L.A, New York and San Francisco) oftentimes try to serve everything on their menu, from stir-fries to hot-pots, from rice dishes to dumplings and noodles. Unless you know the chef’s specialty before hand and order accordingly, you are likely to be disappointed…that is, if authentic Chinese is what your are after.

Dough Zone is different and that is why they’ve been successful since opening in 2014. As the name indicates, they specialize in all things made with a dough, for instance these Shanghai-style soup dumplings, served piping hot at the table

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Juicy Jian Buns (I order them to-go and eat them as breakfast the next day – twenty seconds in the microwave, they are good as new 🙂 ) Continue reading “Dough Zone”

Sushi Kashiba

Sushi Kashiba is an upscale sushi restaurant in Seattle. It’s conveniently located by the Pike Place Market and is owned by the Seattle legendary sushi chef Shiro Kashiba, who trained with Jiro Ono back in the 1960s. Sushi Kashiba is often regarded as one of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle. Tourists and locals alike queue up outside its door before the 5 o’clock opening time waiting to get a seat at the sushi bar.

But, does it live up to the hype? Continue reading “Sushi Kashiba”