Amaretto Asim (Sour): An easy recipe

What you need for an awesome libation

I have a favorite cocktail, my go to whenever I don’t feel like chugging down a carb loaded bottle of beer. Not that I’m all that carb counting conscious. I try.

Operative word: try.

And since, like most other things, going out here in the US is pretty expensive. So like, our food, we try as much as possible to replicate these things at home. And I am so glad that I cracked an easy peasy way to make my all time favorite Amaretto Sour.

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PUBLISHED ON RAPPLER: Long distance love: A letter to the one I left behind

Leaving is never easy

So this is how it feels to leave someone behind.

I used to think it was easy, seeing how you’d come and go, months at a time, for the past three years, three months and two days.

How come you make it look so easy?

Days before that fateful day, the ache of leaving you behind started to creep in. But on the day I left, as you dropped me off the airport, I was numb.

Or I thought I was.

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Food Lovers Haven: Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore in New York City

A little gem of a bookstore

I’m usually a stickler for cheaper products and services. Not that cheap is always good, but I look for more value for money more than anything else. But sometimes I don’t mind paying a little premium to get better service.

And in the realm of bookstores, anything related to cooking and eating, Kitchen Arts & Letters is worth the time (and money) out of a short NYC visit.

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El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla Cove, San Diego, CA

Seafood mural outside and inside

We stumbled into La Jolla Cove, San Diego not knowing that the hunger grumbles would hit hard. Maybe it was we had too much fun walking around and stalking the cute seals of the cove.

We had no idea where to eat as we didn’t do any prior research (which I usually do) plus The Husband’s phone was dying. Good thing we walked some more and saw this small little shop, El Pescador Fish Market, where the lines of people extended out onto the 4-car parking lot.

And when there’s a line, it definitely must be good.

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Ivan Ramen in Gotham West Market, NYC

Garlic mazamen fully loaded

One of the things I consider when finding a place to eat at aside from serving good food is the story behind the food. Ivan Ramen’s story is interesting because it is successful attempt of a gaijin (i.e. foreigner) to make really, really, really good ramen.

I read Ivan Orkin’s story in his cookbook memoir of sorts, Ivan Ramen, so when I knew we were headed to NYC. Ivan Ramen was on my to-eat list, especially that the weather was nippy, one perfect for a bowl of hot ramen.

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How to use the coin laundry

Gaaaaar coin laundry!

When you’ve come from countries where labor is inexpensive and you could actually afford to pay for their services, doing things yourself is a big change. I remember how on our first encounter with the self-service gas pump, we stared at the pump for five minutes and scooped out what other people were doing because we had no clue how to pump gas ourselves. FYI, you have gas boys to help you out in the Philippine and Dubai.

And when you are travelling or live in a state where you don’t have the luxury of having your own washer and dryer in home, you would have to deal with the coin laundry. For those like me, who are completely alien to how to work the coin laundry, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to deal with it:

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Saying “Hello!” to Julia Child at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Hallooooooo Julia!

I did not grow up with Julia Child on our TV screens. We had a local counterpart, but this post isn’t about her. This is about Julia Child, whom I had got to know better when I watched “Julie & Julia” (for like a bazillion times!) and read through her memoirs. And I vowed to visit her exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington DC if fates give us the chance to do so in our stay in the US.

I guess I was just one lucky duck when The Husband and I finally got our feet in Washington DC for a weekend. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History was a must visit.

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A letter to Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl visits Dallas, TX

Dear Ruth,

I think that I failed to come up with words to say to you in person when I finally got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet you at the Dallas Museum of Art that cool evening of May 13th, 2014. I’d like to take the chance to say it in a letter as I think I do better communicating on paper than in person.

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