Street food delights of Northern Vietnam

The second part of my trip in Vietnam took me through Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, and I decided to focus on food even a bit more by taking an official street food tour and a cooking class. (I did both with Hanoi Cooking Centre, which is pricier than other places but worth it)  I … Continue reading

Amazing varieties of food in south and central Vietnam

As part of my current travels, I spent a full eight days (which for those of you who know me know is an incredibly long time for a Merri trip) in Vietnam, working my way through the major cities from south to north.  I’ve wanted to visit Vietnam for a while for multiple reasons, not the … Continue reading

Apple honey challah

Now that I have been on the road for over a month, I must admit that I really miss baking.  Although I often believe that traveling is my natural state and when I feel my happiest and most enlightened, I do still miss the comforts of having a home and mainly a kitchen to bake/cook … Continue reading

Eating real Chinese food

After my visit to Japan, I went onward to Shanghai for three days to visit some good friends and see a city I’ve wanted to see for ages.  Shanghai is amazing and I had a fantastic time there, due in very large part to my incredibly generous friends who showed me all the best places … Continue reading

Exciting food exploration in Japan

Apologies for the absolute radio silence for the past few weeks!  I have embarked on my funemployment trip (aka the trip all consultants take between quitting their jobs and going to business school), which consists mostly of travel throughout Asian countries.  I’m visiting a mix of places that I’ve been to before, ones I haven’t, … Continue reading

Grapefruit pull-apart bread

As I tried to clean out my cupboards before I moved away from Australia, I discovered that I had a couple packets of yeast that I didn’t want to go to waste.  In retrospect, these packets of yeast cost about 1 dollar at most and the effort that I went through to get rid of … Continue reading

Spiced applesauce cake

In between my last blog entry and now, I’ve packed up my entire life in Australia and have temporarily moved back to the states before my big move to London in a few months.  Thus I am rather behind on all the farewell food I made for various people in my last week in Australia, … Continue reading

Funfetti “sundae” cupcakes

I sit here on my last Sunday night in Sydney feeling a bit despondent to leave such an incredible place and such a formative experience behind me, albeit for many  new exciting adventures.  So I thought it would be appropriate to write about funfetti cupcakes because they are the happiest kind of cupcake.  (Yes, cupcakes … Continue reading

Gorgeous gastronomy at Gastro Park

A couple weeks ago, a dear chef friend of mine and I had an absolutely stunning farewell lunch at Gastro Park.  The place has two hats but honestly in my opinion it is completely on par with the three hatted restaurants in town (of which there are very few).  Its location is interesting because it’s … Continue reading

Berry baked oatmeal

To continue on my little breakfast theme, let’s move on to a breakfast food that is often overlooked: oatmeal.  Oatmeal is a delightful nutritious (at least most of the time, depending on what you put in it) breakfast that’s especially good when it’s a bit cooler out.  It’s a great comfort food for me, but … Continue reading