Category Archives: EATS

Awareness: Don’t eat that popcorn!

As you already know, I’m obsessed with infographics and their beautiful ways of sharing data –> DATA VISUALIZATION. Rather than telling someone, “hey, don’t eat that popcorn!” I can just show them this and they can SEE why. I love it. It’s all about increasing awareness and finding the most effective way to do it.



Random, quick post on macaroon vs macaron.

Macaroon: The original macaroon was a “small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds.” Most commonly we see coconut macaroons in the market.

Macarons: Commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies.


I am absolutely loving the DC food scene right now or rather, what it is evolving into. And this is particularly due to one single reason: Noodles. So versatile, so warm for the soul, and oh so delicious.

Did I not already mention what I intend my last meal on Earth to be? I clearly am not in the minority here either >

Back to the topic at hand — noodles in DC. To my absolute gastronomic pleasure, a few places have been popping up lately and a few more will be popping up in our near future. I’m excited especially because our area had been severely lacking in noodles of several cuisines (phở, being the fine exception). You may ask, “Well, what about Thai? There is plenty of pad thai and pad see ew to go around.” Why yes, there sure is. But what is truly lacking are Thai noodle soup shops, which are in exuberant abundance in Thailand. When I think of Thailand, I think of the noodle soups.

Ok here we go.

  • Toki Underground | Ramen | 1234 H Street, NE Washington, DC | Opens April 1st
  • DC Noodles | Thai Noodle Soups and Combinations | 1410 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • BaBay | Modern Vietnamese (pho, bun bo hue) | 633 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003
  • Nooshi | Noodles and Sushi | 1120 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20039
  • Noodles on 11 | Asian Noodles | 1100 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20005

In the News:

  • Unnamed Ramen Shop from the owners of Sushiko [article] | Ramen | Chinatown/Verizon Center, Washington, DC | Unknown opening date.
  • Word on the street, Kushi‘s next restaurant idea will be noodles! [article]

Non-DC Points of Interest:

  • Thai Square | Yen Ta Fo on Thai menu| 3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 (this is my go-to for one of my favorite Thai seafood noodle soups)
  • Ren’s Ramen [info] | Ramen | Wheaton, MD | Opens Spring 2011
  • Temari Japanese Cafe | Ramen | 1043 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 | Yelp
  • Pho Sate | Vietnamese Noodle Soups with Sate sauce | 2814 Graham Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042



Do you remember that 25 things list on FB that I said I would never do? Yeah, well… I ended up caving. I’m bringing it up two years after the fact because I’m currently in house-deco mode and I was reminded of one of my 25 things:

4. I used to love baking. I collected recipes and cookbooks all through high school while Crate & Barrel and Williams-Sonoma were my favorite stores. I even got a KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas one year… one of the best presents ever! Unfortunately, my passion faded when I started college because I didn’t have an oven my first year. I now fail at pie crusts. I am sorry my roommates never got to see this side of me

Although I do not intend to resurrect that passion, I have been looking at these types of stores a lot lately. Most notably: CB2 aka Crate & Barrel for young people. Although the first DC store is opening sometime next month, I’m about to purchase these oliver appetizer plates online for PV’s new home; they are just too darn cute to resist.

[POTD] Winter’s Summer Roll

New format for my POTDs.

This photo sums up my Friday evening.  Good food and good company.

jpack-made goi cuon

Photo Taken on: January 21, 2011
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Lens: 50.0mm
ISO: 1600
Shutter Speed: 1/100s
Aperture Setting: f/2.8

[POTD] Health Binge

Today’s POTD is of the soup I make every time I’m in the middle of what I like to call a health binge.  It really just means I’m feeling extra determined and motivated to cook healthy foods and exercise regularly.  I gotta admit I toned it way down after the Army Ten Miler.  Alas, it’s now time to train for the Cherry Blossom 10, so I’m back at it!  Think of this soup as a representation of HEALTH.  It’s got great ingredients, tastes delicious (to me), and it’s easy to make.  What more could you ask for?

Simmering Red Lentil Soup

post-script: I had to include this photo of the carrots and celery because the color came out wonderfully.  So here’s an extra photo!

Freshly chopped celery and carrots

[POTD] Ik hou van wafels

I love waffles.

My sister has suggested that in order to improve my photography skills, I should attempt to post one photo a day in this blog.  Not only will it force me to add more content, but hopefully I’ll be inspired to find more shots.

Here is my Photo of the Day (POTD) for Sunday January 9, 2011.

Homemade Belgian Waffles topped with strawberries, blackberries, maple syrup, and powdered sugar.