strawberry cream pie

Strawberry Cream Pie

This is my first dessert that I’ve featured on this blog, largely due to the fact that this is the first dessert I’ve made in a very long time. I’m not much of a baker. I’m pretty good at it, but I don’t actually enjoy it all that much. Given the choice, I much rather cook. But truth be told, the real reason that I don’t bake often is because I always make a mess. I don’t like cleaning up messes, which is why I (subconsciously) reserve baking for when I am at my parent’s house where there is a plethora of counter space, and somehow, the messes always clean themselves up (thanks, Ma). Continue reading

avocados avocado watermelon spinach salad

Avocado, Watermelon, Basil and Spinach Salad

I’ll start by saying: there are some things that just taste like summer. I think that this salad is the epitome of summer. So make it now! Eat it outside on your patio (or stoop, or fire escape) whilst sipping on your favorite seasonal beer.

This salad came to be quite randomly. Once in a while, I’ll pick up an avocado or two without having a plan for them. Sadly, they usually go to waste because when I want to eat them, they aren’t ripe yet, and when I remember that I have them, they are ripe beyond edibility. Luckily, that wasn’t the case this week when I grabbed two avocados (and watermelon) from the produce section. Continue reading

Marmalade, San Juan

When my well-traveled coworker recommended Marmalade for dinner in San Juan, I didn’t think much of it. I figured it would be a decent meal, even though she reassured me it was one of the best restaurants in the city. I grossly underestimated Marmalade — it was one of the better (top 3, perhaps) dining experiences I’ve ever enjoyed. I was not expecting to be craving their white bean soup days later… but here I am… Continue reading