Calamari will make it’s mark on Rhode Island

Last week, legislation was filed to named Calamari to be Rhode Island’s official food, more specific their state appetizer.  My mouth just absolutely waters when I think about it. Makes me wonder what California should be? San Francisco definitely should have an official food. What do you think?

What other foods do you think should represent your state or city?

You will want to get INNA Jam

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Tayberry Jam

I first heard of INNA Jam when I got a grilled cheese sandwich from Homeroom and i bought my first jar from Eat Real Festival. Ever since I absolutely love their jams. their most popular jam is their jalapeño jam, its actually surprisingly mild with a tiny sweet kick.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Homeroom (Oakland, CA) featuring INNA Jalapeño Jam

I’m never known to like to eat fruit. I do however like fruits when it prepared in different ways. Put it in a smoothie, ice cream, cake, etc, I will eat it. For that reason, I explore the many ways to enjoy fruit in its ripen sugary forms. One way is when it’s preserved and jacked up with plenty of sugar. INNA jam is one of my current obsessions. INNA jam sources local fruits in creating their jams, their’s always made in small batches. Moreover with the love from the community, their new commercial kitchen is crowded funded excessing the goal via kickstarter. Since then, their beautiful new kitchen is now produces delicious jars of jam.

Like a good bottle of wine, each jar is simply labeled and where it is sourced. You may find buy their jars in selected retailers including BiRite Market and Whole Foods. Of course, INNA Jam can be enjoyed in many places besides straight from the jar. INNA Jam is also features in many different restaurants in throughout the bay area. You can check it out on their website.

Fish Sauce Chronicles: The Sauce!

When I think of Vietnamese food,  fish sauce instantly comes to mind. It’s the liquid gold of classical vietnamese cuisine. Often used to season or as a required dipping sauce, it adds a savory sweetness you cant find anywhere else. Everything from dipping your spring roll to drizzling over a luscious prawn salad. Fish sauce is the golden standard for Vietnamese cuisine. (more…)

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Whenever I go to a grocery store or even farmers markets, I look for a great deal for fresh fruits. This time around, I went into Safeway and found fresh cherries for about $2 a pound. The great thing about fresh fruit is that it’s juicy and a really great cupcake topper. I made these cherry cupcakes thinking that it would be easy to find a recipe. Instead, I found a great strawberry recipe that I replaced the strawberry with cherries. (more…)

Brunchin’ Caffe 817

Brunch is very much breakfast with the very high quality protein meal with the casualness of lunch. Most recently, Caffe 817 hosted a little food blogger brunch and bubbly meetup for food blogger.

Emily and Scott working over the counter.

The restaurant was officially closed on Sundays but they were opening their doors for food bloggers to taste some of Caffe817 breakfast offerings. I was lucky enough to get invited thanks to Paula whom also contributes to Oakland Local. During this event, I was able to meet a number of food bloggers from the Oakland area and grabs a few delicious bites. (more…)

A Simple Romantic Dessert

Valentine’s Day is coming up and for those impressive people, you’ll make something for that special person in your life. Even those who don’t have special people in your lives, then you’ll need these treats to make yourself feel amazing on Single Awareness Day! any other day that you might want a dessert. I know that many of you may feel like baking something is way too hard since it’s such an exact science, but this recipe is really simple and super delicious.

Valentine’s day desserts, even in the nicest restaurants, are basic in its nature.  Every girl loves chocolate, well at least, most girls do. Trying to impress your guy?  I will admit I wooed my boyfriend with a bit of baking – it’s never a bad thing, girls. You know that saying – “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach“. It’s very true, but most girls are so impressed when a guy can cook (or bake) for them. (more…)