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I made hummus for the first time today because I have been craving it for a while now. I bought the following ingredients from the market yesterday: 1 bag of pita bread, 1 can of chickpeas, and 1 jar of tahini (sesame paste) which came out to around $9. The tahini was about $4 but it will last me the whole year since it doesn’t expire until 2012.

The hummus came out surprisingly good and my mother enjoyed it.

Original Recipe Yield 2 cups


  • 2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained – but keep 3/4 cup of bean juice for texture
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley


  1. Place the garbanzo beans, bean juice from the can, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and paprika in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the garbanzo bean mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley if desired.

I think next time I will try to put sun dried tomatoes into the blender. You can also use more or less garlic cloves to your liking. I put three cloves but it turns out it was too strong for my taste so I am going to put two next time. The original recipe also had salt but I didn’t add any and it tasted fine the way it was. Plus, the bean juice in the can already had salt added to it. Toast your pita and enjoy!

After craving for some Italian, my friend Gloria and I decided to go to Scottadito Osteria Toscana, which was located in Park Slope. It’s a very cozy Italian restaurant and perfect for dates! Service was quite attentive and the environment was very pleasant.

Gloria ordered the handmade spinach gnocci with sage and butter sauce and I ordered a dish of penne with plum tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant. All the ingredients were organic and fresh. Along with our dishes, we also ordered a couple of glasses of rosé wine (totally forgot the name but it was awesome).

I would definitely come back again next time. Perhaps for their brunch special on weekends– unlimited mimosas, champagne, and coffee! Yum.

788A Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 636-4800

As you can recall from John’s entry on the pizza bun he bought from Paris Baguette Bakery, it seems worthy enough to purchase: there is enough sauce, cheese, and even has a garnish.

These pizza buns are also available in Chinese bakeries and now I am starting to think about how they skimp on almost everything! You can barely taste the sauce and didn’t even seem like a pizza to me. It’s cheaper than Korean bakeries but I guess you get what you pay for!

My mom and I thought it would be interesting to make this bread we brought from Ikea one day. It was fairly easy to make and we followed all of the instructions.

Right when we took it out of the oven, we spread it with butter. It tasted exactly like whole grain bread but somewhat bland. We barely tasted the lingonberries in the bread which was very disappointing. It was just downright boring! I do not recommend unless you want to waste your time and effort making bread, when you can buy a loaf of whole grain bread in the market.

Brought some Paris Baguette Bakery goods back home to eat. I bought the savory items instead of the sweet items because in my opinion they taste much better. I bought the pizza on a sweet roll and the bun with various vegetables and meat inside.

The pizza was good with an interesting soft sweet bread crust; usually used for sweet desserts. It had a interesting taste which was very welcoming.

The bun with vegetables and meat is an all time favorite of mine. No matter where I get this, I am very satisfied. It is almost like a dumpling but with a very bready outercrust. Try it someday, if you have not already!

My first meal at Reading Terminal Market and what a treat it was. It was our first time there and we were bombarded with vendors everywhere. I seriously had a headache not knowing where to go and what to eat. We decided on  Beck’s Cajun Cafe and it was a nice introduction to Reading Terminal Market.

We ordered the jambalaya and the bread pudding. The jambalaya was delicious. The rice was perfectly cooked and so was the chicken, shrimp, and sausages that were in the mixture. the sauce was a thick tomato based sauce that melded everything together very well.

The bread pudding was also very good. The outside crust had a harder bread shell and the inside was gooey and wonderfully sweet.

Although not many people talk about Beck’s Cajun Cafe when talking about the Reading Terminal Market, I highly recommend it.

12th & Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

I toasted some Naan Bread on a skillet without adding any oil or butter. It came out nice and toasty. I spread some strawberry jam on the naan and it tasted wonderful.

Naan bread is a Indian bread which tasted very buttery and rich.

Had a afternoon snack of multi-grain bread smothered with strawberry jam and cottage cheese.  I absolutely adore multi-grain bread, especially the incredibly soft and hearty ones.  The strawberry jam was organic and had no sugar added which makes the jam taste much more earthy and like real strawberries.  The cottage cheese was something extra I just put on because I wanted to try something different.

If you have these three ingredients laying around in your fridge and want to make a quick snack, try this lip smacking good treat.

Cindy and I were walking around Soho and came across this little cart called cupcake lovers with a conspicuous man standing inside selling mini cupcakes. Located on broadway (but don’t know for how long) we decided to try four of the flavors. Although I really wanted to try the nutella mint, unfortunately they ran out of all of these (must be the best!).

The four flavors you see starting from the top left corner going counter-clockwise are strawberry, mint chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. Cute little things but the taste was nothing special.  Personally for me, the plain jane vanilla was the best.

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