Spaghetti alla carbonara is one of those dishes that you want to eat EVERY.SINGLE.DAY but you really shouldn’t but you totally could but you really shouldn’t but…

you get it.

So, i’ll be honest, the idea of raw egg being stirred into your pasta and not knowing it’s “cooked” is frightening, but i took the risk and it was totally worth it. no tummy aches. no long hours in the oval office. just a belly full of happy.

My version is not like the others you’ll find on the internet, at least not from what I’ve seen, so really maybe i shouldn’t call it spaghetti alla carbonara – but whatever, it’s close enough.

The most important thing about making this is the technique…DO NOT let your eggs become scrambled.

Ingredients:

Half Small Onion, diced
Teaspoon of Garlic, minced
6-7 slices of bacon, diced
Olive Oil
Spaghetti
Egg, whisked well
Parmesan
Black Pepper

Coat a pan with olive oil and cook your bacon until just about crispy…add onion and continue cooking until opaque & bacon is crispy…add garlic, be sure not to burn! After your onion, bacon and garlic is cooked, take it off the heat.

Whisk egg, parmesan, black pepper together till mixture is homogenous

Add cooked pasta to the onion/bacon/garlic and mix well – take egg/parmesan/black pepper mixture and toss into the hot pasta/onion/bacon/garlic mixture – mixing continuously until well coated and looks creamy.

Top with a little extra parmesan and black pepper if you wish.

Enjoy. every. single. bite. !!!

From left to right …

[Row 1] 

Homemade Pizza – whole wheat pizza dough topped with rao’s marinara, pineapples, mushrooms, turkey pepperonis and mozzarella cheese

Pad Thai – Thai Kitchen original pad thai box (comes w/ noodles & sauce), added bean sprouts broccoli, chicken slices, topped with sriracha

Chopsticks – HIGHLIGHT of my weekend! Found these awesome chopsticks for $0.79 each at the asian grocery store!!!

[Row 2]

Vietnamese Noodles – my fav type of noodles

Dumpling Making Ingredients – Pork, Shrimp, Green Onions, Napa Cabbage, Dumpling Wrappers

Daeji Bulgogi – Spicy Marinated Pork Belly, Korean Style – onions, garlic, ginger, gochujang, chili pepper powder, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice cooking wine

[Row 3]

Dumplings – frozen & ready to be packed!

Jjambbong – Korean spicy noodle soup without the seafood! Made my own broth with dried anchovies; stir fried some pork belly, green onions, chili pepper powder & a little gochuchang, then added it to the broth and added the cabbage and noodles

Cafe Latte from Bayou Bakery 

[Row 4]

Beef Brisket over Grits from Bayou Bakery 

Beignets from Bayou Bakery 

Spaghetti alla Carbonara – O.M.G, amazing! Onion, garlic, bacon, salt, pepper, parmesan, Decco Spaghetti…I’ll post this recipe soon!

 Sweet Frog! Taro Froyo w/ Mochi & Sprinkles. Happiness in a cup :)

 Valentine’s Day Dinner <3

 Lunch Bag Shopping with ELePHUN!

 Tara’s DELICIOUS Revenge Cupcakes

 Meeting Money!

 Mirror Shopping

 Watermark left by the bottom of my cup!

Oh hey Good Lookin’!

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20120203-132726.jpgPopchips Heaven!

20120203-132733.jpgBlueberry Pancakes & Banana Pancakes!

20120203-132738.jpgChef Stand & Stylus for my iPad!

20120203-132743.jpgPollo Peru

20120203-132749.jpgEdible Arrangements, Chocolate Dipped Apples & Strawberries

I’ve been trying to count my calories and pave my way to a healthier lifestyle…it’s really hard because I LOVE food. Living in the Washington DC metro area, the options for food are endless! I love going out to eat with friends and family, and I love trying new foods. Food has become a bond. I have a food blog for goodness sake! But all this eating doesn’t exactly agree with my body…so with all the happy indulging comes the consequences, trying to get myself to a healthy weight and indulge in healthier foods! I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard work, requires a lot of dedication, a lot of will power, and not all days are good days.

But with trying to be healthier, comes the opportunity to create new things! Since I’m calorie counting I have to be pretty precise on what I eat and how much of something I put into my meal. I measure out everything and use an app called “Lose It” to track all my data. With the app, I can scan barcodes for easier tracking of calories and nutrients. But sometimes it’s not accurate so I manually enter my info.

Onto the good part of this post! My 310 calorie personal pita pizza!!! It was amazingly delicious and filling! I paired it with a side salad :)

Personal Pita Pizza

1 Mediterranean Pita (170 calories)
1/4 cup marinara sauce, I used Rao’s (15 cals)
1/4 skim mozzarella cheese shredded (80 cals)
6 slices turkey pepperoni (25 cals)
1 tablespoon asiago blend cheese (20 cals)

Spread sauce over pita, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, place turkey pepperonis on top, sprinkle with asiago blend. Put in. a toaster oven for about 5-7 min, until cheese melts, turkey-ronis look crisp and pita is crisp (not burnt). Enjoy!

Of course you are free to top your pizza with whatever you want, but if you are counting calories remember to measure, be precise and top moderately!!!

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A while back I convinced a few friends to join me in running for chocolate…and now we are approximately 4 weeks away from race day, and I am freaking out! First, let me note, we’re not really running for chocolate – we’re actually running for an amazing cause: Ronald McDonald House Charities! I signed up for the Hot Chocolate 15/5K in DC on December 3rd. I somehow thought the 15K would be a good idea…I haven’t run over 3 miles in who knows how long…haven’t worked out in over two weeks and my last race was over a year ago, and only a 10K! WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?! Well, it was too late to go back on my decision (I invested $65!), so I decided it was time to kick my butt back into gear and get myself in shape all within the next 4 weeks! I’m on Day 2 of “Operation Surviving 15K” and so far I’ve managed to get myself on the treadmill and maintain a good pace for 30 minutes. I’m not going for speed this time (or ever) but I definitely want to have the endurance to complete the 15K in less than 2 hours!

This past weekend I attended the 36th Marine Corps Marathon as a spectator/sponsor for my company. It was my first marathon experience and WOW! was it amazing. All the people, from runners to spectators, were so positive, so inspiring and even at 8am, so jubilant! I almost cried hearing some of the stories and watching the perseverance of those who pushed through to the finish line. It almost inspired me to be a runner in next year’s marathon…ALMOST :)

But back to Operation Surviving 15K, so at the end of the race you get to eat all the Ghirardelli chocolate you can eat! What motivation! And you also get an awesome jacket as your goodie bag (I love free race stuff!)

I’ll try to document my journey via the blog and twitter. Wish me luck!

Have you been anticipating ‘Tasty Eats in New England Part 2″? Sorry to keep you waiting. But…I’m here and I’m ready to share! Who am I kidding…I’m probably the only one who reads this…well, me and my mom. hi mom!

It’s been a week since my New England trip and it feels like an eternity. It’s been a long and difficult week and I am so glad it’s the weekend. But, unfortunately we are all stuck indoors because of the impending doom that is Hurricane Irene.

Anyhoo! None of the restaurants in Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun or Rhode Island are worth mentioning or detailing…so I’m bringing us back to Boston! We originally planned to have lunch at Neptune Oyster, but the wait was over an hour long, so we hopped over a few streets to The Daily Catch! There was still a wait, but not as long and by that time we were hot & hungry! So we “queued up” in line and patiently awaited as we took in the DELICIOUS aromas of Italian and Seafood.

The place is small. It’s a hole in the wall, by definition. Majority of the space is the kitchen, and the seating area probably only fits about 20 people max. They serve Sicilian Style Seafood and Pasta…entree portions are served directly from the pan. The menu is written on a chalkboard overhead, not too many options to overwhelm, but just enough to choose from. Don’t be fooled because the chef is Asian.

After reading through the Yelp reviews and various other reviews…I decided I had no choice but to get the Aglio Olio,  Homemade Black Pasta (Squid Ink Pasta) with Ground Squid, Garlic and Olive Oil. Dad got the Broiled Haddock, Cousin got the Monkfish Marsala, Mom got the Shrimp, Scallop, Broccoli in white wine sauce served over linguine.

We shared each others dishes…and my oh my were they absolutely delicious!!! The black pasta was perfectly cooked al dente and the flavors were so perfectly balanced. Nothing felt too heavy. We ate up every last bit of every dish. It was well worth the 25-30 minute wait, and I would definitely go back if I had the chance!

Oh, side note – it’s cash only.

I highly recommend this place to anyone who loves pasta and seafood. It’s small. There will be a wait. But it’s totally worth it. It’s a good thing I just booked my tix to visit Boston again with my girls! :)

This past weekend, I went on an adventure. I traveled North with no plans and only my iPhone, GPS, Mom, Dad & Cousin. It was the most amazing time and some of the best food I’ve eaten. Let me tell you the story…

We flew into Boston and picked up our rental car. I did some research on best places for Seafood and to our luck, it was Boston Restaurant Week! I came across one of the first listings, “Atlantic Fish Co.“, checked out its ratings and reviews, which were positive, and decided to go check it out.

The Restaurant Week menu consisted of 3 first course options, 3 second course options and 3 third course options. If you wanted to go with a two course meal it was $15.11 and if you wanted the three course meal it was $20.11. While the options looked delicious, there were more things on the regular menu that caught my eye! My mom & cousin selected from the Restaurant Week menu: Watermelon Salad + Roasted Local Cod Tails and Sauteed Mussels + Taco Trio. My dad decided to go with Fish & Chips. Me, I selected a cup of crab bisque and a Fried Oyster Roll. As recommended by our waitress, we had Fried Ipswich Whole-Bellied Clams, oh.my.god. they were to dieeeeeee for! I’ve never had Ipswich Whole-Bellied Clams before, but I don’t think I can return to “clam strips” ever again. Spoiled, I know. They came in a little brown paper bag, rolled down just far enough for you to reach your hand in and pull out a little piece of heaven. It was a sad moment when the bag went empty. We all tried a little bit of one another’s dishes…whenever I get the chance I always eat oysters because they are so delicious, especially fried! Atlantic Fish Co. did not disappoint. EXCEPT the part where it says it comes with a Cajun Remoulade…really, it’s just tartar sauce with maybe a LITTLE bit of spice; definitely nothing cajun about it. The waitress gave me some seasoning, which I’m pretty sure was just Old Bay, to spice things up…I ended up making my own cajun remoulade. Everything was delicious and I would highly recommend people to this restaurant. The atmosphere was clean, friendly and super inviting. There’s even an outside patio where you can soak in the city ambiance while enjoying a delicious meal. Price was very reasonable for quality of food!

(Sorry Fried  Ipswich Whole-Bellied Clams not pictured…ate them before I remembered to snap a picture!)

This was just one of the many meals I had this weekend, so stay tuned for details in Part 2. It gets even better.

Atlantic Fish Company
761 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
www.atlanticfishco.com 

Last night’s dinner was a success! For the first time ever, I was all prepped and ready to go with 30 minutes left before my guests were scheduled to arrive. I didn’t know what to do with myself! However, of course, I decided to not cook the entrees until about 10 minutes when they were scheduled to arrive, causing a bigger delay than I anticipated…I didn’t want the food to get cold! I really have to work on my time management skills…

Anyway, I think the highlight of last night’s dinner was the Bo Luc Lac, or Vietnamese Shaking Beef, I prefer to call it “Shaky Beef” …gives it some character and much more fun to say than “Shaking Beef”. Google where the actual name originates.

I adapted my recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers Rasa Malaysia !

Shaky Beef

Shaky Beef *Excuse the crappy picture quality – taken with my camera phone in a hurry*

Ingredients:

Beef Marinade: Ribeye cut into 1″ cubes 2 tablespoons of garlic 1.5 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon of sesame oil 1 teaspoon of soy sauce (light sodium)

Vinaigrette 1/2 cup rice vinegar 1.5 tablespoons sugar 1/2 tablespoon salt

Other Stuff Red Onion, thinly sliced Watercress Tomatoes

Method: Cut your beef into cubes. Prepare your marinade. Mix your marinade with your beef at least an hour before you cook.

Slice your onion thinly. Prepare the Vinaigrette. Pour about 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette over the sliced red onions and let sit for at least 10 minutes in the fridge.

Clean your watercress (soak in water and wash thoroughly, watercress contains lots of dirt and can be sandy if not cleaned properly!). Slice your tomatoes thinly. After all your vegetables are clean and cut, prepare your bed of watercress and tomatoes on a serving platter, set aside.

Heat a large wok or pan over high heat. Add oil. When it begins to smoke, add an even layer of beef and allow to sear for 2 minutes, then shake the pan back and forth to allow the other sides to sear. IMPORTANT: Cook the beef in batches to get a good sear.

Transfer the beef to bed of watercress and tomatoes. Drizzle a little o f the vinaigrette over the beef, watercress and tomatoes. Top with pickled onions.

OPTIONAL – Dipping Sauce – Juice of 1 lime Salt Pepper

Get your NOM NOM NOM on!

Tonight I invited some of my family over for dinner. I am preparing a Vietnamese style dinner with some classic Vietnamese dishes! I stayed up till 2am prepping the food…I’m hoping it will turn out as planned! Here’s the proposed menu:

Bu Luc Lac (Shaking Beef)
Lemongrass Chicken with Chilis
Summer Rolls with a Hoisin Peanut Dipping Sauce
Goi Du Du (or a variation of…green papaya is so hard to cut into matchsticks!)

Dessert will include some homemade butter pecan ice cream; pecans courtesy of my bro and his gf when they went to Georgia! And either cupcakes or a cake from Amphora Bakery in Herndon, VA (thank you living social coupon!)

I will do a follow up post after the dinner, hopefully with some pictures and recipes!

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