comfort food · Spring Pairing

Gyoza and Ramuné

I grew up eating Gyoza at my aunt’s house. I love these small Japanese dumplings and have had a serious craving for them. Fair warning though, they do take a while to make, but they are worth every second. The Drink:  While we’re on the subject of childhood favorites, Ramuné is a sugary soda from Japan… Continue reading Gyoza and Ramuné

Dessert Pairing · Romantic Pairing · Spring Pairing

Spiced Chocolate Cake in a Mug with an Iced Coffee

It’s cold and rainy here this weekend. So I decided to make a spicy chocolate cake as a way to lift my spirits. The Drink:  Not only does Trader Joe’s have a French Vanilla iced coffee, they also have a regular 100% Arabic coffee that’s just straight coffee. As someone who loves their coffee black,… Continue reading Spiced Chocolate Cake in a Mug with an Iced Coffee

Mocktail · Spring Pairing · Summer Pairing

Black Bean Salad with Orange Basil Bubbles

Spring is in full swing and outdoor party season is almost here. I wanted something light, healthy, and full of flavors. The Drink:  I wanted something fun and festive for the warm weather that’s suddenly shown up in the Northeastern US. Orange Basil Bubbles is nonalcoholic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a shot… Continue reading Black Bean Salad with Orange Basil Bubbles

Brunch Pairing

French Vanilla Cold Brew with Coffee Cake in a Mug

I’ve been craving something small, quick, and sweet for breakfast in the mornings. After watching a bunch of Facebook videos on making cakes in the microwave, I decided to try my hand at making a coffee cake in a mug for an “on-the-go” breakfast. The Drink: Trader Joe’s French Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee is 100%… Continue reading French Vanilla Cold Brew with Coffee Cake in a Mug

Appetizers · Spring Pairing · Uncategorized

Caprese Salad with a Grapefruit Soda

I was looking around for a light meal to stash in my lunch box on work days. A caprese salad seems like the prefect light salad to add to my midday meal. The Drink:  I picked up the Spectacular Grapefruit (soda) while I was shopping at Wegmans. I love grapefruit and wanted to try something… Continue reading Caprese Salad with a Grapefruit Soda

Spring Pairing

Asian Fusion Tacos with Dandelion and Burdock Soda

If you’re wondering what a Dandelion and Burdock Soda is, you’re not alone. I’m still not entirely sure why someone thought these two flavors would make a great tasting soda, but clearly someone did. I chose to pair this unusual drink with some Asian fusion tacos. Let’s see what happens in this unique meal… The… Continue reading Asian Fusion Tacos with Dandelion and Burdock Soda

Spring Pairing

Simple Enoki Mushrooms with Cold Green Tea

I’m still working on incorporating more mushrooms into my diet. So how about another mushroom that I grew up eating? Enoki mushrooms were the first mushrooms I voluntarily admitted to liking (shiitake were a close second). The first time I tried them, I thought they were a new type of noodle, the silly 11 year… Continue reading Simple Enoki Mushrooms with Cold Green Tea