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…)
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…)
Sunday brunch is a meal I enjoy very much and yesterday’s brunch was especially enjoyable with Kevin’s brother joining us from Ireland. He was passing through Baltimore for less than 24 hours. Very short visit! Wish he could’ve stayed longer! We planned to go out for Korean BBQ as soon as he got in Saturday night, but we could tell he was pretty wrecked from all the traveling. So instead, we had a quiet night in with Five Guys bacon cheeseburgers and fries and a nice bottle of red wine. It was a lovely night catching up on everything that’s been going on back home since our last visit. It’s funny listening to Kevin and his brother talk and joke around. It was like we were back in Ireland! Maybe I’m just used to Kevin’s accent or (oh, Kevin’s not going to like me saying this…) maybe Kevin is sounding more American 😉 , but I find their accents to be very different from each other. It took me a good 15 minutes to adjust my ears to understand what my brother-in-law was saying HAHA. (more…)
I woke up this morning craving iced coffee and a glazed donut. There’s a Dunkin’ Donuts just up the road, but I was thinking of something more special from the Donut Shack in Severna Park, MD. Kevin got up before me (like every morning) and when I went downstairs he already had a pot of tea made for us. 🙂 Maybe we’ll swing by the Donut Shack later in the day. Oh wait! It’s Sunday, football’s on all day! Will have to trick Kevin into leaving the house. (more…)
I’m not one of those people you’d usually find at grand openings for things. But when I heard The Whole Foods Market in Columbia, MD was finally opening its doors, I couldn’t resist…I tried, but somehow around lunch time, I found myself there. I came up with a clever way to trick Kevin into going with me. We had a morning meeting in Baltimore City and on our way home I “suggested” we go for an early lunch somewhere. We haven’t been to Iron Bridge Wine Company in Ellicott City, MD for some time so we thought we’d head there towards Howard County.
“…actually, Kevin…we haven’t had Petit Louis Bistro in a while either…mmm I could go for a Quiche Lorraine. A nice brunchy lunch. Doesn’t that sound good today? …And maybe if we have time we can quickly drive by Whole Foods and see if it’s really busy, I mean it’s just right by there…and if it’s not too busy maybe we could go in…OMG You know what? We’re out of Raisin Bran…” INCEPTION! I’m such a genius! 😉 (more…)
Summer’s coming to an end folks! (Sorry! I know I know, saying it out loud makes it more real. I can’t believe this summer’s almost over. Seeing signs for ‘Back-to-School’ is nuts!) For those of you who haven’t enjoyed Maryland blue crabs yet this season, there’s no better time than right now to head out and grab a dozen or two. A good friend of ours recently came to visit us from NYC. Her one request – Maryland crabs! This time we went to Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis, MD. Fantastic crab house for the entire family. It’s right on the water and it has a dock with its own filling station for passing boats. You can even see the crabs being sorted below, it’s a bit (ok, more than a bit) smelly but the kids find it fascinating. We arrived at Cantler’s around 11:30 on a Saturday, and although the place was filling up quickly we managed to get seated outside without a wait. They offer an all-you-can-eat option, but we ordered a dozen large and lots of sides – fries, onion rings, hush puppies, clam strips and sweet local corn – and of course a round of ice cold Natty Bo’s.
We’ve had crabs a few times this summer at Harris Crab House on Kent Island, Hooper’s in Ocean City, MD, my brother’s house with a bushel from Sea King in Ellicott City, MD, and a dozen or two from Sea Hut Inn in Catonsville, MD. But each time, I dived right into the meal and forgot all about my promise to post a ‘how-to’ on opening and eating crabs. So, this post is dedicated to just that – How I open crabs. (more…)
One thing I look forward to every week is making lunch for my mom at our house. I think she loves it too! 😉 She’s a pretty busy lady, so in the short time we have together I make sure to prepare a lovely 3 course meal – starter, main and dessert. This way, I know she’ll leave with a full and happy belly. Oh and I always send her off with a hot cappuccino to-go. I literally buy those disposable coffee cups with lids from Costco, just for her cappuccinos.
Two weeks ago, I made my mom a fresh zucchini salad, pasta all norma (eggplant spaghetti) and fruit salad of peaches, nectarines and plums. (All made from seasonal produce from the farmers market.) She liked the zucchini salad so much I made it again when the whole family was over for lunch. Although the eggplant spaghetti was tasty and looked pretty, I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. I was short on time and skipped 2 important steps in the recipe and well, while the eggplant should’ve broken apart and become creamy in texture, it remained intact and was quite watery. She didn’t seem to mind, but I told myself I’d have to make it properly for her the next time. (more…)
Nothing says summer like a few dozen steamed Maryland blue crabs and an ice cold pitcher of beer. Oh and don’t forget the hush puppies and French fries. French fries go with everything! I wanted to show you the proper way to open a crab (at least how I was taught to open them), but I didn’t think it through. As I got the crab ready for the shot, I realized my hands were now covered in seasoning. I should’ve just taken photos of my friends eating their crabs. I’m sure there will be many more crab feasts this summer, so look out for a photo tutorial – I’ll plan ahead next time.