Vietnamese Style Braised Pork Ribs

So imagine my delight when I find that baby back ribs are buy 1 get 1 free at the grocery store! And the weather is getting warmer. I honestly can’t think of a better way to welcome spring quite like ribs on the grill! I actually toyed with the idea of grilling my ribs, but the thought of fall of the bone, super tender braised ribs seemed so delicious with a bowl of hot rice. And why not make my ribs savory and sticky and delicious in the process! I…

Zucchini Lasagna, an Attempt at No Carbs for Dinner

I’m not sure what has possessed me to try this, but we haven’t eaten a strict Paleo meal in a few days and I wanted something in between. I wanted to do no carbs, but have something a little unhealthy. So I decided to try my hand at making zucchini lasagna, but throwing in some cheese as an indulgence. I’ve used zucchini in lieu of noodles before, and really quite like it, so figured, tonight’s dinner shouldn’t turn out that bad. It was actually really hard for me to find…

We’re All Guilty of it: A Few Common Kitchen Mistakes

I don’t consider myself a pro or anything in the kitchen, but I’d like to think that I know my way around the kitchen pretty well and know what to do and what not to do. However, both Life Hacker and the Eating Well section of the Huffington Post did a really good article about some of the common kitchen mistakes that we all do and just don’t realize it. It opened up my eyes and I wanted to share, since there were listed some mistakes that I didn’t realize I…

To All The Vino Fans: Win a Getaway for Two

This is my first time blogging about a promotion, but I love wine and this was too good of a giveaway to keep to myself. District 365 (www.district365.com) wants to introduce everyone to their new site that brings the public exclusive access to fine wineries that deliver to DC, MD, and VA. Here’s how the site works, every Monday, they will feature premium wines from a different winery and bring you exclusive pre-negotiated deals. To kick things off, they are giving away a free stay for you and someone special…

What’s Up With All the Different Frozen Treats?

It’s been ridiculously hot these past 2 weeks. And I can’t think of a better way to cool off than strolling through the ice cream aisle at the grocery store. Normally, I go straight for ice cream. But lately, I feel I’ve been a little inundated with the various amounts of cold sugary goodness available and with all the recent frozen yogurt shops sprouting up around town. So what exactly is the difference between all the different varieties? Let’s start with the traditional ice cream. This is pretty much what…

Some Info on the Paleo Way of Eating

During my Crossfit class last night, our trainer briefly mentioned nutrition and what we should or shouldn’t eat as we embark on this journey to get fit and healthy. The diet that many Crossfit enthusiast follow is know as the Paleo diet. So this got me thinking, what exactly is the Paleo way of eating? The essence of this way of eating is to eat what a caveman (or cave-woman) would eat. The word Paleo itself is derived from the Paleolithic era, a time when agriculture and animal husbandry did…

What’s in That Honey Jar

  I’ve always associated honey with Winnie the Pooh, thanks to the good ole cartoon classic from my childhood. So the other night, as I was strolling through the aisles of Whole Foods gathering up ingredients, I came across a wide variety of honey. I had to stop and stare for a moment; I didn’t know there were so many varieties. I was just looking for the plastic bear bottle. This got me thinking, why honey over sugar; and is there an actual difference in the types of honey? We all…

Getting a Bang for Your Buck with Prix Fixe Meals

Are you looking for a night on the town, but don’t want to bust open the piggy bank? Here’s a small list of some great prix fixe lunches and dinners. Take advantage of these great restaurant promotions to get a great meal and still have money left for that latte in the morning. 2941 – Modern French American 3 course lunch, $20 4 course dinner, $58 6 course tasting menu, $110 Acadiana – Cajun, Creole 3 course dinner, between 5:30pm-6:30pm, $35 Georgia Brown’s – Southern 3 course lunch, $24.95 Kushi…

The Good and Bad of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Many of you may know that I gave up high fructose corn syrup, HFCS, as my new year’s resolution. I felt that my body doesn’t need this overly processed sweetener to function, so why shouldn’t I give it up. There are many debates on the health concerns and as far as I can tell, there is nothing definitive linking HFCS to health issues and there are arguments on both sides arguing for and against HFCS. At the same time, why should one use a processed sweetener when there’s real sugar as an…

Is there a benefit to eating Organic?

Tuan and I have tweaked our diet for almost 2 years now by eating organically and using all natural ingredients whenever possible. What really spurred this movement was watching the movie Food Inc. It just sparked something in me to become more aware of what I’m actually consuming and be more aware of what I’m introducing into my body. Now if we flash back just 5 years ago, I was totally on the other end of the spectrum, eating junk food like it was critical to my survival and stocking…