Cours Saleya – A Charming and Colorful Market

French Riviera is often associated with sunny skies, sandy beaches, soft sea breezes, and streets bustled with tourists. A farmers’ market right next to the sun-drenched seafront? It will surely strike you with sweet surprises.

During a recent trip to Nice, France, I got a chance to visit Cours Saleya, the famed food market that attracts tourists from far and near. Situated in the Old Town just blocks from the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Cours Saleya is famous for its fresh flowers, fruits, fish, and vegetables. Year round, locals and travelers alike take pleasure in the produce and pavement cafes under the striped awnings at the market. Food is an important part of French culture–often times, the French will spend hours socializing over a carefully cooked meal, or simply cheese, wine, and baguettes. In France, the Michelin guide and haute cuisine coexist with classic dishes and simple, flavorful ingredients. There are also influences from nearby Italy, which likewise boasts rich culinary traditions, making Nice a perfect crossroads for exotic and fresh ingredients.

A pleasant morning at the Cours Saleya market.

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9 Farmers’ Market Foods I Can’t Find in Grocery Stores

Summer is around the corner with the lure of outdoor fun. While I can get almost all the groceries I need from a typical grocery store, I love walking leisurely under the sun through stands of fresh foods in a farmers’ market and hopefully, coming across a few interesting items that I can’t find in most grocery stores.

Today, while visiting the Irvington Framers’ Market in Fremont, I caught sight of the following nine items:  Continue reading

My Favorite Food Shows

I enjoy watching lots of food-related shows, ranging from crazy reality TV (I’ll admit it, despite it’s lack of culinary depth, Cutthroat Kitchen is sometimes fun to watch!) to cooking shows to more serious documentaries…as long as they involve food, I’ll watch it! Through watching these shows, I’m often inspired and amazed by chefs who share their creations that represent who they are. Here are some of my favorite food shows: Continue reading

Juggling Academics and Appetite — A Few Tips

We all have experienced that hungry moment: After long hours of homework, you suddenly crave a snack — something handy, tasty, and ideally, somewhat healthy.

Here are a few tips and suggestions for quick snacks that will boost your energy and satisfy your appetite during stressful times:  Continue reading

Juxtaposition

Same ingredients, different looks Same taste, different expressions

Same ingredients, different looks
Same taste, different expressions

When I made a cupcake with mango, raspberry, nasturtium, and matcha, I happened to have some extra ingredients. I had an idea.

Using the same ingredients, I made the dessert on the left side of the plate. Suddenly, the ingredients that made up the cupcake became vivid and vibrant.

There are countless ways to combine ingredients. There are endless possibilities to explore creativity, even with the same resources. And many times, a little ingenuity will lead to surprisingly transformative results, just like the juxtaposition on this plate shows.

Wish you a creative 2017!

Snapshots from the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Alice Waters, the chef credited for pioneering the California cuisine’s “farm-to-table” philosophy, once said, “My Saturday morning trip to the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is one of my most beloved rituals.” Today, I visited the famed Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.  Continue reading

Ready-to-Make Meals — A New Trend in the Food Delivery Industry

Have you ever craved the convenience of a delivery meal but was concerned about its freshness?

Today, I tried Munchery, a San Francisco based on-demand food service that delivers professionally prepared meals to homes. It offers customers the option of ordering a ready-to-cook kit which contains pre-measured ingredients along with cooking instructions (Munchery also offers the option of pre-cooked meals).  Continue reading