“Eat around the world” — a new blog challenge

I’ve spent a good part of the pandemic watching YouTube videos. My favorite videos are ones that involve food. It could be a recipe video, a food journey in a particular destination, a food challenge, cooking techniques, restaurant review, etc. I enjoy watching them all!

I’ve been entertaining the idea of having people share how their part of the world would eat something…it could be a particular dish (pizza), feature a particular ingredient (tomatoes), or use a cooking tool (cast iron skillet, cheese grater). It combines my love for food and travel. You don’t have to be a home cook to participate. You can share a dish from a place you dine at too

I plan to kick off my first prompt on June 1st. I am thinking the theme could be wedding cakes around the world…or some treat one would eat at weddings. I chose a wedding theme because June is peak season for weddings. I am inviting everyone to participate all June long.

Anyways I thought it would be a fun idea. I can’t wait to kick it off on June 1st!

Also…any tips of hosting blogging challenges? Comment below!

Week 5: Bangkok, Los Angeles, Naples

Week  4 of the Weekly Travel Blogging Challenge: Top 3 Cultural Foods

“Travel Tuesday” is a back and I am so excited to post this set because my favorite thing about travel is the food. Here are my Top 3 Cities with the best food.

Bangkok, Thailand

I was in Southeast Asia back in 2012 exploring Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam…and I had a brief, less-than-24-hour stint in Hong Kong. I have to say, Bangkok has AMAZING food or my friend who lives in Bangkok took me to all these great places. Maybe because I was young, I loved how places opened late and there were still people around. It reminded me of living Los Angeles when I was in college. At the time, I lived in sleepy San Diego for about 3 years and being in Bangkok made me miss the liveliness of living in the city.

I have to say, fruit in the food stands in Thailand was good. Keeping the fruit under the shade makes all the difference. It was a contrast in buying fruit laying out in the sun from a stand in Cambodia.

Naples, Italy

This was from our long overdue honeymoon in Italy. We went to Italy in September 2015 — our wedding was in October 2014. See, overdue. We went to Rome, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast. Out of all the cities, Naples had the best food and the most diverse. Naples had the best pizza — after all, that is where pizza was invented. My favorite snack (from this whole trip!) was this fried seafood medley.

Los Angeles, CA

I know, I live in Los Angeles, but I feel no matter what your budget is you can find really, good food. Sometimes the saying “you get what you pay for” does not apply in food in Los Angeles.

I love how I can always somehow find food reminiscent of my travels somewhere in LA. If I want Neapolitan style pizza, I can go to Midici’s down the street from my house. If I want kanom krok, I can find it in a Thai stand in Grand Central Market.

Read more posts from the Travel Blogging Challenge:

Week 1: Your Favorite Travel Photo of You and Intro
Week 2: Little Known Travel Tips
Week 3: Funny Travel Story
Week 4: Travel Misadventures

Who else is doing the challenge?

Interested in participating in the Weekly Travel Blogging Challenge? Feel free to make your own today!

Amarinyo Gelato

It is hotter in the Valley compared to other places in Los Angeles. Maybe not as hot as Palmdale, but the weather here is surely not West Los Angeles because the hills and mountains separate us from the beach. As soon as you go over the hills, the weather is a 20 degree difference.

With that being said, the Valley needs to have amazing ice cream everywhere you go.  Gladly Amarinyo Gelataria is close by our house.

I was not kidding that I needed ice cream. It’s 7:30 PM and it’s 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Amarinyo gelato

Ferraro Rocher (top) and Pistachio (bottom) gelato.


Amarinyo Gelataria

15355 Sherman Way e,
Van Nuys, CA 91406

White Rose and French Espresso ice cream

Because yesterday was 103 degrees and today is 100 degrees. Stay cool everyone! 

There a lot of unique flavors such as melon, pink rose, white rose, saffron, orange blossom, cucumber, etc. 
Going to Saffron and Rose in  Westwood was a real treat because it’s in my college town. I haven’t been to either in ages. Last Friday I went to Westwood to visit my friend who’s leaving California at the end of this month. We had dinner and walked a few blocks for ice cream. It made me nostalgic. It reminded me how awesome living in Westwood was — everything was close by and food wasn’t too bad either. But it’s the end of an era.

Saffron and Rose Ice Cream
1387 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Westwood

Wasabi Flavored Ice Cream from Owl’s

Top flavor, Wasabi — It does taste like wasabi and it’s spicy. It did taste good when I had the sample, but the more I ate it, the less I liked it.

Bottom flavor, Honey Rosemary – This one was my favorite of the two. It was floral and pleasant.

Owl’s Ice Cream
19763 Rinaldi St
Porter Ranch, CA 91326

Kiddos Creamery

Top flavor, Matcha – The best green tea flavor I’ve had in a while!

Bottom flavor, Mozarella – I thought there was going to be mozarella cheese in this ice cream. I was wrong. Some of these flavors are based off of Tokidoki characters like Mozarella and Latte. The mozarella  flavor reminded me of stracciatella with chunkier chocolate pieces.

Kiddos Creamery
818 N Pacific Ave
Ste J
Glendale, CA 91203

Blue Star Donuts in Portland

Address
3753 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Brace yourself, I’ll be binge-posting a few more things from our vacation. I think Blue Star Donuts deserves a post of its own. They’re delicious not-too-sweet brioche donuts and I am glad they have a spot in Venice Beach so I don’t need a plane ticket to go to Blue Star Donuts. I still think it is quite a trek from house. It would be even nicer if Blue Star Donuts opened up in the Valley — maybe in Sherman Oaks? It would be within my cycling radius ;-).
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Dragonfruit cider

Elliot Bay Public House and Brewery
12537 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Yesterday was our last night at Seattle. To end it, we went to gastropub. I can’t believe since we’ve been to Seattle, we haven’t had a drink.

It was really late and there were not a lot of food options and my husband did not feel like driving into downtown Seattle for late night food so we found this gastropub nearby.

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Along the Waterfront 

Yesterday, we went on an Underground tour of Seattle. I can’t wait to share those photos and share a little bit of history of Seattle without giving too many spoilers.

After the tour, we walked around the waterfront admiring the bay views. Maybe for the next trip to the Seattle, I’d like to take the ferry and go island hopping. Plus, I’d like bring our puppies and bring our passports to Vancouver.

Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips from Ivar’s

Ivar’s Acre of Clams
Pier 54, 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104

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Lunch at Seattle: Turkish Delight

Address:
1930 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101

My husband went to Turkey a couple months back for work and ate very well while he was there. Yesterday, after our train ride from Portland to Seattle, we decided to get some Turkish food. The name “Turkish Delight” got my attention because my husband kept raving about this confection while he was there. Not only did we get Turkish Delight, we got a whole lunch meal there! 

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Portland food posts 

After going to the Memorial Day service, walking around the zoo, and racking up more than 19,000 steps on FitBit — my husband and I needed to eat something. It’s safe to say we burned our calories from Sunday night’s meal at Podnah’s.

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