Food & Drinks

Amazing Avocados and Dreamy Greens

Grilled or sliced, savory or sweet—creamy avocados corner the fresh market in these summery salads and a cool treat Photos by David Uhrin Hipsters may have made them meme-worthy—$22 avocado toast, anyone?—but there’s a reason nutritionists and foodies alike sing…

Online Farmers Markets: From Dirt to Doorstep

Karla Robinson used to consider herself the meat and potatoes type, but a passion for produce grew when the “veggie fairy” began making weekly visits to her front porch. “I grew up in the Midwest and summer meant salads—of iceberg…

How To: Jazz Up Your Ice Cubes

While reading the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living, I came across a “good thing” and that was edible-floral ice cubes.  Martha says to freeze flowers in your ice cube trays to make your ice cubes pretty—good idea!  I began…

How To: Rice It Up (Part 2)

Image: JamieOliver.com One of my all-time fave foods is risotto, in fact, I’ll be making it for dinner tonight.  Yes, it is made of rice, Arborio rice.  Some people think it’s a pasta and confuse it with orzo (which is…

How To: Rice It Up (Part 1)

Image: multicooking.com “Rice again!”  As an Asian-Canadian growing up this wasn’t an uncommon remark at home.  But as I got older I have come to learn that rice is really the universal food.  Found in every type of cuisine, it…

How To: Do Richmond's Carytown

There’s much ado about any state capital, perhaps it’s the concentration of power in one city.  What I have learned, after my share of meandering in not-so-seemingly exciting towns, is that there are always gems just begging to be found. …

How To: Be Proper for Tea

Après jour a delightful tea event with the girls at the Hunter House Museum in downtown Norfolk, I thought about all of the distinct details entails preparing such an occasion (large or small):  The beautiful place settings, miniature delights, delicious…

How To: Menu Party Plan

Taken at our holiday party, Jan. '11 My husband and I are both February babies.  To be exact, we are one week apart, translation: Dual-birthday celebration.  Our theme this year is French, meaning French cuisine, décor—starting with the E-vite.  In…

How To: Properly Eat Sushi

Last night, my husband and I sat at the sushi bar of our favorite Japanese restaurant in Hampton Roads, Kyushu.  Know to have the most authentic Japanese food around, the place, which measures no larger than a shoe box, was…

How To: Hostess Gift

Like many of you, a whole slew of holiday parties await.  For my husband and I, we have been invited to three homes for Thanksgiving Day, alone (talk about spreading yourself thin).  Out of the goodness of my heart I…