Bread making in Goa

In Goa, every village has their own bakery, and it’s much smaller than you think it would be. I know, because I signed up to make bread with a local Poder (bread maker) in Majorda while visiting the area. The bakery was located in a family home and was in a tiny stone room at…

Learning to make pasta in Tuscany

I’ve been getting a lot of requests on how to make pasta after I had the afternoon lesson in Tuscany. I’m going to share the recipe below, but if you can visit Tuscany and learn from a Nona (grandma) like I did, please do. It was a great experience. After cycling the morning through the…

A Culinary Journey in Thailand

Curry, lemongrass, spicy broths and seafood…I’m drooling already. The food in Thailand is so flavorful. The last time I went, I decided to learn how to make some of my favorite things. My culinary journey began with a visit to the local market with the chef from the Anantara Hua Hin Resort in Thailand. Taking…

PHOTO MOMENT: Spicy deliciousness in Indonesia

As you know, I’m a foodie — but I still try to eat healthy.  It’s sometimes hard to find food with flavor that is great tasting. But this isn’t a problem in Indonesia at the Four Seasons Sayan.  I got the rice on the side for this dish so that I wouldn’t be tempted, and…

The Best Oyster sandwich in New Orleans

New Orleans is one those places where you can always find good food and good music.  On my last visit, I stayed in the Warehouse District and it’s my new favorite part of New Orleans. So many great restaurants and some cool art galleries. This delicious delight was from Cochon Restaurant. I ordered an Oyster…

PHOTO MOMENT: Gail’s Bakery by Marble Arch

This is Gail’s Artisan Bakery at 4-6 Seymour Place (by Marble Arch tube stop in London).  She had just opened the shop that day and I couldn’t resist taking a photo…and then buying some of her yummies.

Sacramento Cupcake Wars means more cupcakes for me

I’m officially done with all my NPC Competitions for the year…and you know what that means. Yes, that’s right.  I can have chocolate again. Whoohoo! And there is no better way to satisfy my sweet tooth than with cupcakes. Plus, I’ve actually had a couple cupcake shops call me up over the last month to see if I could interview…

Hold the bacon, please

Over the last few months, I’ve seen bacon mayonnaise, bacon and asparagus, bacon, bacon cupcakes and even bacon crème brule. This is all well and good – if you happen to like bacon. If you’re a non-bacon eater like me, it’s starting to become intrusive when you see that your favorite vegetarian items are now smothered with bacon….

Secret Wish: Be a guest judge on food show

 Bobby Flay during taping of Iron Chef America – AP  This request could not have come at a better time. After weeks of eating bland low-fat food, I received an invitation to judge a cooking competion. Yay!! You know I love food – really good food, but I bet you didn’t know that…

Ode to a cupcake

It’s 12 days before my fitness competition and while I’m not hungry, I’m starting to make a list of things I haven’t been able to eat in the last 8 weeks. One of them is this decadent S’Mores Cupcake seen in the photo. It’s the most incredible thing I’ve seen in a long time, and…

Spencer On the Go coming to Sacramento

Spencer on the Go will be at the 2011 Sacramento Mobile Food Festival on April 30 2011. Now this is exciting news for all foodies living in the area. If you don’t know why I’m excited then you haven’t checked out the yummy gourmet food they have in their truck. Usually, the only place I…

The trouble with goat cheese

I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with goat cheese. I swear…some days it’s the best thing to come out of a goat, and the next time I eat it, I’m spitting it out into my napkin. Crazy? Totally. This weekend was one of those times. On Friday I picked up…

New dinner series promotes ‘green’ dining

Close to a hundred people were having a really good time on Saturday night. They were sipping on springtime cocktails and enjoying a farm-to-table dinner at FM150’s first dinner series. Yes, I know FM150 sounds like it’s a radio station, but believe me, it’s not. Instead, it’s a really innovative dinner series that showcases local…

There’s more than BBQ at the Houston Rodeo

Unfortunately, that old Texas saying “this ain’t my first rodeo” does not apply to me. That’s because this March will be my first time at a rodeo. Yup, this city girl is about to become a whole lot more Texan. Who knows. Maybe by the end of the month, I’ll actually be able to pull…

I’m dreaming of a Mexican Christimas

Can you believe that I’ve lived in Houston for over five months and have never had Mexican food? I know. I can’t believe it either. I told my friend Juanita about this dilemma and she said, “What are you waiting for? Christmas?” Apparently, I was. This is because it wasn’t until the holiday season that I…

Nana Mouskouri and a weekend of cookies

This weekend, I’m planning to spend time at home. Don’t get me wrong. I love checking out the stuff that’s going on around Houston and blogging about it, but sometimes it’s nice to hang out at home — especially during this time of year. That’s because it’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to…

Mac & cheese, big ass brownies and more!

Mashed potatoes, chocolate, bread pudding, peanut butter sandwiches…everyone has their own form of comfort food. Mine is usually chewy brownies, but since I moved to Houston, I’ve been craving good old fashioned macaroni and cheese. Good thing Max’s Wine Dive on Washington Avenue in Houston had exactly what I was looking for…and a little bit more….

Yay!! Starbucks has new treats

We all have our weaknesses. One of mine happens to be Starbucks, which is weird because I don’t drink coffee (I’m a hot tea drinker). Yet, I can’t pass by one without the temptation of going inside. Must be something subliminal in the mood lighting that suckers me in. So because I am frequent customer,…

Friday night football, but no Frito Pie

I’ve been told that you haven’t truly lived until you’ve watched a Texas high school football game. Well, apparently, I HAVEN’T lived, because not only have I never seen a Texas game, but I’ve never been to any American high school football games. No, I haven’t spent my life living in a cave. I just…

Birthday dinner for one

I happened to have my birthday the first week I arrived to Houston. So not only, did I not have any furniture (the moving truck was still in transit), but I didn’t know anyone in the city. And I mean no one. I barely even remembered my co-workers names at the station. Of course, everyone…