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Dim sum!

Almost every Sunday I wake up craving squid, shrimps, pork, hot sauce and of course crab.  Dim Sum!  Most would think these are bizarre breakfast cravings, to me it's the perfect wake up.   On this rainy Sunday morning, I happen to call my parents just as they were about to sneak out for Dim Sum at Tong Por in Ville Saint Laurent.  They decided they wanted a quiet breakfast alone without inviting my 3 younger sisters and I.  Since I don't live at home, I was able to force an invitation out of them considering we hardly have brunch together and hadn't had dinner together in a few weeks.  I arrived first at the restaurant and was seated at a table immediately.  Before I could even get my coat off the waitresses and their carts began flocking my way. I quickly told them I was waiting for my parents who should be here in a minute or two.   Five long minutes later my parents stroll into the restaurant ready to eat.  






As the food slowly but surely crept its way over to our table, …

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My Foodie tale begins in 1986 on the kitchen floor of my grandparents split level duplex where I created my first "Yucky soup."  A mixture of beans, noodles, rice, crackers, flour, sugar, basically anything within my reach inside the pantry all poured into a pot filled with water which I then requested be placed on the stove to simmer.  Oh yes at the ripe old age of 2 years old I knew that my soup had to simmer.  
Growing up in a house that revolved around the kitchen, learning how to cook wasn't an option but more a way of life.  My mother's family migrated from Russian in the mid 70's when she just 16 years old and brought with them European flavors that I thank them for each and every day.   


In the early 90's my Bubby the intelligent and beautiful Russian woman that she is, began importing black Beluga Caviar by the case.  I remember the first time she called me downstairs with the promise of a special treat!  What happened next was the birth of a caviar ma…

A Saturday morning craving.

When you think of breakfast, what is your first thought? Bacon? Eggs? French toast? Pancakes? Well what about bacon stuffed brioche french toast, or caramel apple stuffed pancakes with a bourbon bacon maple glaze? Those are breakfast that i think about.  This wonderful Saturday morning my stomach was telling me, Egg Mcmuffin!  Not exactly A la McDonald's but the same basics, egg, bacon and an English muffin.
For me, what makes or breaks any breakfast sandwich is the sauce and cheese combination.  Gruyere and hollandaise?  Brie and Sriracha mayo?  or the classic, mayo and American cheese.... Oh the possibilities! This Saturday, I was in the mood for a spicy twist.   Out came the mayo, Sriracha, eggs and Brie and I got straight to work! 
A while back I found these really awesome fluffy yet crispy English muffins at my local supermarket.  The first time I toasted them it reminded me of when I was a little kid in Florida trying them for the first time.  Oh the memories... They are mo…

The Salad Side

Fresh, crisp, zesty, sweet, savory and salty, how do you make your salad?   My friends are always asking me how I make such interesting salads, my answer, I really don't know!  Well I guess that it's not entirely true since I do know a thing or two about a vinaigrette but in all reality I make them up as I go.  For starters, think of what you like in your salads; crunchy, salty, sweet, tart, soft...  Or when in doubt, romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, garlic croutons and  creamy Caesar dressing, right? Now that I call boring!  
I got home late one night, opened the fridge and saw romaine lettuce, bacon and shrimp.  First thoughts - wash lettuce, cook bacon, use bacon grease to cook shrimps, chop garlic, oooooh geeez, I hope I have green onions.  Yup, that about sums up how my mind thinks when I see food. What can I do to it to make it better/interesting? The dressing; Dijon vinaigrette with bacon drippings... Heaven!
Was one of the best salads I've had in a long time...


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