Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Walking in Memphis, Tennessee

When you have less than 24 hours in Memphis, where do you have to hit up? That's what I had to figure out for my birthday weekend when Henok and I went on a road trip to the Blues City aka Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll aka the BBQ Capital of the World. In addition to getting some bomb barbecue, I of course had to take a stroll down Beale Street and pay my respects at Graceland. We did some delightful things like see the cats in art exhibit at the Brooks Museum and watch the sunrise over Peabody. And of course no road trip to Memphis is completed without a spontaneous birthday bash at the Grizzlies game followed by a laid back time at BB King's. 

Here's a glimpse into the two meals I had in the city:

The Bar-B-Q Shop 
Talk about lick off the bone ribs. The Bar-B-Q Shop is known for their famous and award winning Dancing Pigs sauce and dry seasonings in which their meat is tenderly prepared with. I got 1/2 and 1/2 dry rub and wet (there was also a glazed option), and I must say I preferred dipping the dry rubbed ribs in their barbecue sauce. Served with baked beans, coleslaw, and Texas toast, it was definitely 100% finger licking good. Even better in a sandwich the next day! (I didn't actually finish the entire rack myself.) 

1782 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN

The Arcade Restaurant
The Arcade Restaurant is the oldest spot in Memphis (so old school there are ash trays in each bathroom stall) and sits on the corner of South Main Street. It used to be right near a bustling railroad station and known as the busiest intersection of the city. However, gone are the days of the railroad and Elvis being a regular and in with the small empty town feel. The 50's diner vibe however, brightens you up, as will their sweet potato pancakes. The country ham was thin cut, smoked, and salted and the pair of biscuits light and fluffy. Though it may be purely a tourist destination nowadays, the nostalgia feels nice and who doesn't want an Elvis special (a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich)? 

540 S Main Street
Memphis, TN



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Beale Street

Country ham breakfast, sweet potato pancakes 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Honey lemon ginger emergen-tea elixir

for fighting off colds and soothing your insides 

Having a side of Belle Chasse navel orange slices with my elixir made with local honey

Now that I'm working in a hospital, I know I'm being exposed to a lot more germs. It's inevitable. But if you keep yourself healthy and in tiptop shape, you don't have to be worried about seeing so many patients on the daily. One way I keep my immune system strong is with my lemon honey elixir. It's no secret; you can get it at most cafes and bakeries in Hong Kong. But in celebration of the Winter Solstice, the seasonal version of this wonderful drink is made with ginger to warm your body. 

Honey lemon ginger emergen-tea elixir (2 servings)
6 - 8 slices of ginger
2 tbs honey
2 cups water
half a lemon, sliced

1. Boil 1 cup of water with ginger slices. Set aside to cool off
2. In  a large glass, mix honey with remaining water and lightly mash lemon slices
3. Once ginger water is slightly cooled off, mix in with the honey lemon mixture

✓ Vitamin C

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Apple cake with orange cranberry sauce

I've never really used fresh cranberries before, but I figured I might as well try since 'tis the season. They're high in antioxidants, tart to taste, and have a brilliant color, making them a great addition to any holiday dish. I paired it with a slice of my apple cake and wow do you have a beautiful and heart healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert. Goes great with a steaming hot cup of tea, coffee, or cider. How versatile! 

Apple cake
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 apples, diced
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1. Preheat oven 350F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flours, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and all spice.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together egg, olive oil, and vanilla extract. Add into dry ingredients. Incorporate well.
4. Fold in apples and pecans.
5. Pour batter into an oiled 9" square dish or your favorite cake pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

✓ whole grains
✓ fiber
✓ fruit
✓ unsaturated fats

Orange cranberry sauce
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup orange juice, best if fresh squeezed
orange zest
1 tbs maple syrup

1. In a small sauce pan, bring all ingredients to a low boil.
2. Remove from heat once cranberries are all popped and soft, about 10 minutes.
3. Serve warm or refrigerate to store.