Oyakodon

While out celebrating my belated birthday dinner a few weeks ago, I got to talking with my step mother about Japanese cuisine. I pondered out loud to her what my next dish should be, and she, having very dark humor, said “chicken and egg”. Now, for those unfamiliar with Oyakodon, it is type of donburi (rice

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Shiitake & Napa cabbage Yaki-Gyoza

Ah, Gyoza. This is another one of my childhood favorites. For those that have never had gyoza (for shame!), it is a type of dumpling that is filled with a mixture of ground meat and vegetables. Also known as pot stickers, gyoza’s origins come from China (where they are called jiaozi or guotie). However, they have become

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Smithwicks Irish Ale Review

Brewed by: Guinness Ltd. Ireland Style | ABV Irish Red Ale | 4.50% ABV Look: Smithwick’s pours a beautiful, clear mahogany with an off white foam.  Very little lacing, and the heads retention is not it’s strong suit. Looks like a flat root beer. Smell: The scent is mostly sweet malt and toasted grains. Nothing too complex,

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Colcannon

     There is just something about Irish Culture that always keeps me coming back. Could it be that they have produced some of the world’s finest writers? Is it that their joyous music could make even the tightest lipped nun crack a smile? Or could it be.. Potatoes? Whilst perusing one of my many Irish cookbooks, I came

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Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

  There is no fruit that I love more than apples. The fruit of wisdom, the fruit of Athena, the fruit of DELICIOUSNESS. Going further down the ranty rabbit hole, my favorite variety out of all the apples i’ve ever tried, is Pink Lady. She is rainbow in color, has perfect tang/sweetness, and is crisper than a

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Guinness Extra Stout (Review)

Brewed by: Guinness Ltd. Dublin, Ireland Style | ABV Irish Dry Stout | 4.20% ABV The first time I walked into a bar, (Branagan’s Pub in Downtown Fullerton) I vaguely remember this being a large part of what I ordered. I’m told that many a politically-incorrect drinks were had. From then on, Guinness became my personal Go-To when someone

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Jollof Rice; A dish of West Africa

  There are many, many rice dishes in the world. This one in particular caught my interest because of it’s massive popularity, and its unique versatility. It also happens to be the Mother Dish for Southern (US) dishes such as Jambalaya, or Red Rice! The most common basic ingredients are: rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion,

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Bunny Side Up (Product Review)

Bunnyside Up Breakfast Mold (By GAMAGO)    Price: About $10 Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 6.5 inches Dishwasher safe   So many puns, so little time. I’ll just hop right to it then! I found this little gem whilst perusing the aisles of one of my favorite markets. When I glanced at the packaging and the image it

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Tamago Kake Gohan (Egg over Rice)

While this is more of an idea rather than a recipe, I thought this would still be worth passing along to my more adventurous readers. It may sound strange to a Western audience, but this dish is actually pretty popular for breakfast in Japan. Enter: Tamago Kake Gohan! The main Breakdown: A raw egg gets mixed into

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