Nuovo Napoli!

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Searching for a place with Italian style pizza that tastes good is quite difficult, especially in a city like Daejeon in South Korea. However, Nuovo Napoli was a pleasant surprise. I ordered the Rucola Prosciutto pizza (right) and a Caesar salad (pictured below is just 1/2 of the salad). To the left, a friend ordered the Diavola. Both were very tastey. Enough for me to want to order another pizza! They also serve other items like pasta but I’m always craving pizza more than pasta. I like the fact that the pizzas are made in a wood-fired oven. If you’re looking for Italian style pizza, this is the closest thing to it that I’ve found in Daejeon. 🙂

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Homemade banana pie!

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I made banana pie today. 🙂 I decided to add approx. 2-3 bananas and 1 cup of walnuts to the banana pudding (Jell-O brand name) instead of slicing bananas on top of the crust like most recipes say to do (including the one on the jello box). I hate the artificial taste of pudding. So, I wanted it to taste more like bananas. This does!! This tastes like banana bread pie! I love it! From now on, I will always add mashed bananas and walnuts to the pudding mixture before chilling it. The only thing missing is some cream. The crust I made is from crushed Biscoff Lotus cookies. They taste good with bananas in my opinion. I can’t seem to find graham crackers in South Korea. That’s ok. When in doubt, just crush your favorite cookie, add a couple tablespoons of butter, and boom! Your own crust. I’d like to call this banana bread cream pie. 😉

Ricotta Salad!

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I’m sure many of you have eaten this salad before. I had this kind of salad for the first time a few days ago at a korean-Italian fusion restaurant called Team Cook in Daejeon South Korea. I loved how simple and light it was so I decided to recreate it at home. Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, almond slices, dried cranberries (a.k.a. crasins), and ricotta chesse dressed with balsamic glaze. Bon Appetit! 🙂

Dinatale Café München!

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I wanted to find a place in München that serves cafe ginseng/ginseng macchiato. Believe it or not, these are really hard to find outside of Italy and parts of Asia. It hasn’t become popular yet to be sold in stores like Lavazza or Illy has. Although, Lavazza does sell its own version of cafe ginseng online. Anyway, I’m traveling and can’t afford shipping. So, I did a Google search and found Dinatale Cafe.

While in München, I kept coming back to order the cafe ginseng (€2.40) and the lemon torta della nonna (€3.20). The staff are very welcoming and speak Italian, English and German (Deutsch). 

The cafe is rather small and is very busy during brunch and lunch hours. They do provide take-away as well if you’re on the go. This is my favorite place in München for Italian espresso. 

I definitely recommend you to give them a visit if you love Italian espresso. I really felt like I was back in Italy. 😉

Hans im Glück!

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I went to Hans im Glück in Stuttgart, Germany today with a friend. This is a burger chain apparently becoming quite popular. Considering my friend is vegan, I chose one of the 2 vegan burgers they offer (The Butterbirne) and some sweet potato fries (Süsskartoffel-Fritten). The bun for the burger was soft but didn’t get soggy. All was tasty! 

They also have other salad and burger options for vegetarians and meat lovers. I especially loved the Orangen Senf sosse (Orange mustard sauce)! It was perfect on my burger and my fries. I wanted to buy some and take it home! Check out their website for the menu and if you’re in germany you can try it for yourself. Burgers range from €7-11. 

Rischart Bäckerei in Munich!

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I’m back in Germany! This time I’m in München! I am truly biased when it comes to pastries and desserts. For me, Germany has the best I’ve ever tried in the world so far. Needless to say I am happy to be back to satisfy my sweet tooth. 🙂

I went to Marienplatz exit Dienerstrasse. Directly diagonally across the Rathaus in blue words is a bäckerei named Richart. It’s the only bakery in this square. You can’t miss it! I bought a Germknödel krapfen (approx €2.40) and a Käsekuchen (approx €2.75). 

I was told by my german friend that Germknödel krapfen (donut dumpling) is a traditional Bavarian pastry. I really don’t know what’s in it but it’s full of creamy, sweet, and tasty goodness! Maybe a spiced plum marmelade with other things in it. Like a donut x 10. I could eat many of these! I recommend you to try this! And the käsekuchen (cheesecake) is as delicious as I remembered them. I love german cheesecakes. I learned the cheese used in them is called Quark. For me, Quark tastes better than using cream cheese (like the USA cheesecakes do). Guten Appetit! 🙂

House Grill! 

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I always need access to a good burger place wherever I go. What can I say, it’s the American in me. I’m in Daejeon South Korea and there is a place that claims to have “the best burgers in Daejeon.” That’s a pretty bold statement. So I took a trip to House Grill to find out for myself!

With so many burgers to choose from, I chose the burger with the chef’s name: Brian’s Burger ₩10,000. It was topped with an egg, a slice of pineapple, grilled onions, cheese and teriyaki sauce. Pretty good burger! I was really hungry that day so I also bought a pork cutlet (donkatsu 돈까수) ₩7,000. I liked the soup that came with it too (I think it was curry but my friend thinks it’s chili). 

I loved everything I ate! The R&B Christmas music playing in the background won me over. I found a burger place. A super small, quaint, hole-in-the wall place. Yongmun station exit 2, walk straight for a couple blocks, make a left at Paris Baguette into the hallway, and it’s at the end of the hall. I will be coming back for more burgers and a philly cheesesteak! 😋🍔🍟

Ratatouille – improvised!

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I’m back in south korea and I bought myself a portable oven! I HAD to. It was important that I bake! Especially considering the fact that my new apartment has only 1 eye for a stove. 😒 The $70 investment was worth it.

I wanted to make Ratatouille because I loved the disney movie! I forgot to buy squash and thyme, but this is still pretty good. I used the recipe HERE as a guide. This  tastes like a delicious vegetable soup! Mine was soupy because I added some tomatoes and used rosemary. It’s still pretty good. when I buy all the right ingredients, I’ll make this again. 🙂

Stuffed Omelet!

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I had all the ingredients to make homemade ravioli (sage, butter, flour, egg, ricotta cheese and parmigiano-reggiano cheese) but I was too tired. So, I made a stuffed omelet. Using 3 eggs, I stir fried the egg into a pancake shape. Then I added my cheese mixture to the pancake egg, rolled it up and put it into a baking pan. 

I baked it in the oven at 400F until the cheese started bubbling (about 10min). When it was finished, I drizzled sage butter sauce over it. The filling was excellent but I should’ve used chicken breasts or some kind of meat instead of eggs. 

This cooking experiment gave me more ideas for stuffed omelets and stuffed meats. Not a complete failure. 🙂

French Onion Soup!

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I watched a Food Network video by Tyler Florence and I wanted to try french onion soup myself. The recipe is HERE! I used Merlot wine and Thyme powder. Everything else was as done as the recipe. This is definitely a delicious soup!! Low carb without bread and low fat if you don’t use cheese. I’d definitely make this again! My first homemade soup and I love it!!! 😀