Gaga for Guava

This summer when I was working in Ecuador, I came to the realization that I absolutely love guava. I just could not get enough of the guava juice and guava jam I had there. Growing up, we used to eat a lot of Cuban guava pastries, or pastelitos de guayaba. My favorite is with cream…

Some jugo, por favor!

One of the things I’ve loved about eating in South America the couple of times I’ve been down there (well one of many things) is all the delicious fruit that’s available and the fruit juices that you can get at every meal. Not only do they have all kinds of fruits not available here but…

Eating in Ecuador-Locro de Papa

This summer I’m working in Ecuador for about a month, so the next few posts will be about foods that I’m eating here. The first thing I wanted to post about is this delicious soup I first tasted when I was in Ecuador 2 years ago. I was in the Galapagos Islands and stopped at…

Microwave s’mores & the birth of S’more Francis Bacon

Each Monday I read the blog for the NPR show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” where they have a post called “Sandwich Monday”. The WWDTM team tries a sandwich (usually something very weird or crazy) and reviews it (which if you ask me is an awesome job). On one Sandwich Monday, they reviewed a microwave s’mores…

I don’t want your shi-shi tapas

For those of you who aren’t familiar with tapas, these are snacks or appetizers eaten in Spain. It’s kind of like meze in the Mediterranean or the Middle East.  When I’ve been in Spain and had tapas, it’s usually been in a bar while having drinks.  You can either order specific ones or I’ve been…

Umami Burger – Sorry, I just don’t get it

Last year I was watching “The Next Iron Chef” on the Food Network and the chefs were asked to create dishes highlighting the tastes salty, sweet, bitter, sour and a new one called “umami”.  The show translated this word as “delicious” which I thought was a weird taste category. Reading on Wikipedia about umami, the…

There’s a party in my mouth

As a kid, I loved eating Pop Rocks. I loved to pour most of the bag in my mouth then just let them sit in there as my saliva activated the “popping” and then would just open my mouth so the sound of the candy popping would be amplified. Of course I was never brave…

I’ll have my fries well done, please

When I moved to L.A. I noticed that people here seemed to be very serious about their love for In-N-Out burger. And not just in L.A. but it seems true for most people living on the West Coast. I mean, when you hear people talk about this fast food restaurant, you think “Wow, they sure love…

How making waffles turned into a chemistry lesson

I love breakfast. It is my favorite meal. I can eat breakfast at any time of the day. And I love all kinds of breakfast foods: eggs, cereal, pancakes, waffles, french toast, hash browns, bacon (and boy, do I love bacon) and other breakfast meats…I think you get it. I recently had breakfast with some friends and we…