care packages from ireland

Hi Everyone! It’s been a while, huh? I’m sure everyone’s forgotten all about the holidays BUT I hope ye had a lovely holiday season and a great start to this fabulous New Year! (3 weeks late in my greetings. Oops!) This post about Irish snacks has been in the works since November. Each time I sign back on to work on it, I end up having to edit it to suit the day’s date and happenings. Hopefully, today is the day I publish this post. I have some time to kill as I wait for city inspectors to swing by and give us the green light to open The Local Fry. 🙂 (more…)

jja jang myun

jja jang myunMy favorite Korean food as a kid was Jja Jang Myun. I could eat bowls and bowls of these delicious black bean noodles and when there were no more noodles, I’d mix the leftover sauce into a bowl of freshly steamed white rice and make Jja Jang Bop. Just needed to take out the tupperware holding grandma’s kimchi from the fridge and I’d enjoy a most satisfying meal. 😉 (more…)

pho van

pho 1

It’s been a while since my last post, so I thought I’d pop back on for a quick post about another one of my favorite noodle soups. Pho. Ahhh with the cold weather we’ve been having lately, I would slurp up a bowl of pho everyday if I could. My favorite spot for this deliciously warming dish is Pho Van in Catonsville, MD by the Office Depot on Rt.40. I find their rice noodles are the perfect texture, cooked just to a chewy bite. I hate when I order pho at some places and the noodles are overcooked and too soft. The pho broth is aromatic and served piping hot! Just how I like it. Pho Van has really good lemongrass meats as well – the lemongrass pork is a favorite. (more…)

lisbeth eats … baltimore ramen

ramencollageI’m a huge noodle soup lover, if you couldn’t already tell. 😉 And ramen is one of my favorites. But really, which noodle soup isn’t a favorite?! HAHA. I usually make instant Japanese miso ramen at home. If you go to the fridge section of the Asian Market, you will find a variety of fresh noodles, including pre-packaged fresh ramen noodles with soup packs. Soft boil an egg with runny yolk, blanch some bean sprouts, add some pickled menma bamboo shoots, finely chop scallions, grill some pork belly and TA DA I have a delicious bowl of wavey ramen noodles ready in minutes for dinner. Then I heard that there were a bunch of new ramen spots popping up around Baltimore. I had to go check them out. Let the Baltimore Ramen Tour begin peoples! And well … end very quickly HAHA. There are only like 3 ramen shops in town – TenTen Ramen in Mt. Vernon, Dooby’s in Mt. Vernon and Ejji Ramen in Belvedere Square. (more…)

onion soup with gruyere toast

onionsoupready

Has it really been 10 days since my last post? My word, the days are flying by all too quickly! Have been meaning to put up more recipes as I have been cooking up a storm in our kitchen. If you’ve seen me around lately, you’ll know that although I haven’t been posting, I definitely have been eating! 😮 🙂 😮 I blame it on the weather! 😉 Hibernation mode on. Last night, we had our first snow. And today, we brought out all of our winter coats and jackets ready for the cold winter season ahead. (more…)

full key restaurant

panfriednoodle

This blog should be called Lisbeth Eats…Noodle Soups or Lisbeth Eats…Asian food. I eat out at Asian restaurants A LOT! I think it’s because I don’t know how to make many Asian dishes at home. And I especially love noodle soups – Pho, Bun Bo Hue, Ramen, Udon, Naeng Myun, Jjam Ppong, Kalgooksoo and Hong Kong style egg noodle soups to name a few – just a few. 😉 (more…)

hangari noodle company

chicken kgs

Guess where we’re going for lunch today? You got it, Hangari Noodle Company in Hanoori Town in Catonsville, MD. Oops, I suppose the title of this post gave it away. It’s been about a month now since they opened and I’ve been waiting for a cold autumn day to write about them. It’s my ploy to entice you all to head over there and check it out. 😉 There’s just something so comforting about eating a hot bowl of noodle soup on an overcast day like today. (more…)

carne asada

taco spread

I have a problem over-buying groceries…sometimes. Yes, only sometimes. I’m usually very good at not letting produce go to waste. It usually happens when I step foot inside Costco. I know what you’re thinking – IT’S COSTCO! I wanted to make carne asada for Kevin and well, instead of going to the normal supermarket or butchers to get enough steak for 2, I ended up picking up a pack of meat from Costco to feed a little army 😉 . A smart shopper would use only what’s needed and freeze the rest. But me, I marinated all of the meat and got my thumbs ready to text friends and family to come over for a home cooked meal. Ah sure, I might not always be a smart shopper but you can always count on me to be a generous host! (more…)

polenta con funghi

polentafunghi

Yesterday’s post about wild herbs and foraging got me thinking about mushrooms. Sure you can find mushrooms year-round in the supermarket, but I was craving something tastier than your usual Portobello, Shitake and White Button mushrooms. It’s hard to find the good ones in the shops like Chanterelles, Hen of the Woods, Hedgehog, and Porcini (my favorite). Autumn is mushroom season! Some foraging knowledge would definitely come in handy right about now. 🙂 I bet there are blankets of wild mushrooms out in the nearby forests waiting to be picked. However, It’s not very likely that I will be foraging this season (I’d probably pick all the poisonous ones HAHA). So I did the next best thing. I went out to the Baltimore’s Farmers Market this morning under the JFX bridge and picked up some delicious funghi from the mushroom stall.  (more…)