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  1. Onion confit. I'd browsed the forums a bit, but joined as a member because of this onion confit thread. First time I made it in my slow cooker, it perfumed my apartment for nearly a week. I thought the smell was divine. Drove my husband bonkers! Time to make onion confit again - but in my InstantPot (purchased also because of EG)!
  2. Must have currants or raisins. No pecans, chocolate, cranberries, orange peel or any of that rubbish. I admit I like making them as squares, mainly because I don't have patience to fiddle with a bunch of individual tart shells. Extra generous with the currants, though.
  3. I bought a ThermoPen digital meat thermometer and "The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island". I used a Prime Day $10 coupon for the book. I wanted Fuschia Dunlop's "Land of Fish & Rice" but it wasn't eligible for the coupon, sadly.
  4. Oooh! Great idea - made in Canada, too! Putting it in my cart now.
  5. Beer Caesar! Caesar (aka. the only Bloody Mary worth drinking) topped with lager. Radler - grapefruit juice & lager In Berlin I had a weissbier with cherry syrup - very refreshing.
  6. Orange flavoured chocolate. I like oranges, I like chocolate, I even like candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate. But I loathe & despise orange chocolate, and any desserts with chocolate and orange. Gaaak!!
  7. There's only one way to find out! Looking forward to your results. Personally, I don't think raspberry leaf tastes anything like black tea. But I've always found rooibos tastes a lot like Ceylon orange pekoe with a bit of honey, and it's easy to come by.
  8. Still deciding the menu, but right now it's looking like I'm doing cubano sliders, baked chicken wings, crispy brussels sprouts, either shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon platter, cheese/charcut platter. Still need a couple non-meat dips. Deciding between a hot spinach dip or classic spinach in a bread bowl. A few other things maybe, not sure what, but it should be non-meat. It's a bigger group this year, 14 bodies in our small apartment, hope we can squeeze everyone in. We'll need more food this year (despite husband's protests - Superbowl is about the food as much as it's about the football), so is it better to do more quantity or more variety?? Can't decide on chicken wings flavour. My go-to is sweet-spicy, but I want to do Thai chili brussels sprouts. Is that too much sweet-spicy food? Go Rams!
  9. Just remembered the cousins told us to go to Raohe Night Market (by the temple) and skip Shilin. Shilin is the bigger, more well-known one, but they said it's touristy. Raohe has pepper pork buns located at the entrance by the temple, and they are really good.
  10. I'm so excited for you - Taiwan is awesome! We're planning a trip end of the year. Looking forward to your trip report! Where in Taiwan are you visiting? I don't have restaurant recommendations, because we spent a lot of time with relatives, and I have no idea where they took us. But I can promise you the food is incredible. Vegetarian food is everywhere (Buddhism is one of the major religions), and plenty of seafood. You'll have lots of options. My Mandarin is terrible, but a lot of young people speak some degree of English, so we got around by pointing at food and asking young people. -Go to the night markets. This is a must do. Eat everything. Go to where the lineups are. -Eat Taiwanese breakfast, it's the best - soy milk (sweet or salty), fried cruller, oven pastry, egg pancake -Stinky tofu. Deep fried with pickles. It's funky, but not that funky. You can smell it at the night markets, follow your nose. -Oyster omelettes -Oyster vermicelli in thick soup -Shaved ice -Tea and bubble tea (boba tea/pearl tea). Taiwan is also known for their amazing oolong teas -Japanese food is excellent -Din Tai Fung for the xiao long bao (steamed soup buns). There are a bunch of DTFs in Taipei, but the original one is on Xinyi Rd, by the Dongmen metro station. They also have seafood and veg buns. They open at 10am, but lineups start early. -Pork sauce on rice (lu ruo fan) -Pineapple pastries (another Taiwanese specialty) -Mochi - sticky rice flour confections, sometimes with stuff in the middle. You can get it on shaved ice too. -Fresh fruit - really good -7-11!! 7-11 in Taiwan is NOTHING like the ones in N. America. I can't even describe it - you just have to check it out. OMG, I'm so hungry now....
  11. Beebs

    Cheese Fondue

    I've never had an issue with overly salty bites, but then I'm also not dunking the entire chunk of ham in the cheese either. Just the top bit. Also, I alternate between bites of ham/sausage with bites of bread, veg, poached chicken, etc. Or it might be the cheese blend we use isn't too salty either. Or our meat chunks are on the smaller side.
  12. Beebs

    Cheese Fondue

    I love cheese fondue! My family has it on a regular basis. For Christmas dinner this year, I've requested either cheese fondue or Chinese hotpot. Mom vetoed both. I don't see any reason not to try Spam...there's only one way of finding out. We dip all sorts of things - poached chicken/turkey breast, sausage chunks, ham, potatoes, steamed brussels sprouts & broccoli, tortellini, different kinds of bread.... Plenty of wine.
  13. The flat cabbages are labelled Taiwanese cabbage here as well. I like them better for stir-fry than the round green ones - leaves are thinner and crisper. What are some Chinese preparations for red cabbage? I have one in the fridge right now, was planning on German-style red cabbage, but wouldn't mind doing something different with it.
  14. This is great! In my neck of the woods, we get a lot of these labeled in Cantonese too. So the napa cabbage is sometimes labeled siu choy, and the brassica rapa is usually labeled choy sum or yue choy or yue choy sum.
  15. Add a teensy splash of chinkiang vinegar (black vinegar) at the end - it really brightens up an otherwise one-dimensional sauce.
  16. A local pizza chain has recently started offering macaroni pizza (garlic sauce, cheese) and hot dog pizza (honey mustard drizzle). Some of the Chinese bake shops here make something they call a "pizza bun". It's a bun with ketchup, corn, cheese. Some have chopped up bell peppers, or sliced hot dog weiners. Usually a mayo drizzle. They're not bad...just weird in a strangely compelling way.
  17. When I was in college, the campus pizza place's most popular offering was baked potato pizza. Potato, cheddar, green onions, bacon - soooo good! Pineapple on pizza is weird & not tasty. Except for this one neighbourhood joint that does it with hot pickled banana peppers. I'll eat almost anything on pizza, but liuzhou's pics of the local pizza...gak!...that's so far out there, it's not even in our solar system anymore.
  18. @FrogPrincesse Thanks for the recommendations - I knew you'd have some great ideas! We're looking forward to our trip!
  19. We'll be in San Diego for 3 days/2 nights next month - what are some regional specialties & dining options I should be on the lookout for? I haven't been to SD in years - last time was 10 yrs ago for work, and it was an in and out trip. We're staying in the Gaslamp Quarter, will most likely be renting a vehicle, checking out some of the touristy sites (Old Town, Balboa Park, beaches, etc). Casual/upscale casual is preferred to super-fine dining and I really want to eat a lot of good Mexican food, which is practically non-existent here at home. I'm looking for lunch & snack options, too. A bit of Googling suggests that tiki culture is big in SD - are there any interesting tiki bars in the Gaslamp area? I'll read over this very extensive thread when I have a bit more time today. TIA!
  20. As always, thanks for taking us along. Can't wait to see what future shenanigans the two of you will be up to next!
  21. I was in Vienna last year for the marathon there. Kasekrainer from the sausage stand in the beer garden was my post-run recovery treat. I swear it was one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth. Good memories!
  22. Loving your blog! We had planned to go to the Maritimes & Nfld this year, around this time. Now I am not disappointed things got in the way of that, seeing that there's snow on the ground - in summer!! When is the best time to visit? Bookmarking your blogs for our future trip!
  23. Chocolate and orange. I like chocolate, I like orange, I like white chocolate + orange, I even like candied orange peels dipped in chocolate. But milk or dark chocolate flavoured with orange - gakk. And bitter melon. My entire family loves it. I can't stand it.
  24. It's the day one buys Instant Pots.
  25. Had everything planned for cold sesame noodles last night. Except got home and had only buckwheat noodles. So, zaru soba for dinner instead! So delicious....
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