Hawaii- Garlic Butter Shrimp

As gorgeous as pictures of Hawaii are, it’s probably even better in person. Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by mountains of lush trees and plants, with beautiful beaches stretching for miles and miles. Each coast has something different to offer- North Shore is known as surfer’s paradise with its enormous waves, South Shore (Honolulu) is…

Puerto Rico- Sofrito Chicken with Stewed Beans and Tostones

This is a super simple meal but left a lasting impression on me. This day started off with hiking through the El Yunque forest in Puerto Rico, then rappelling off a 50 foot cliff, and finishing off with zip lining over breathtaking views of the mountains. The excursion concluded not with a restaurant styled meal…

France- Seared Duck Breast with Five spice and Red Wine Balsamic Reduction

After almost a month long solo trip in Barcelona, I met up with a couple of my girlfriends in Paris. A family that was a part of my paella cooking class recommended a bike tour which consisted of biking for 3 hours and finishing off with some wine on a river cruise. Highly recommended! We basically got to roam through all the highlights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, the Notre Dame, among other attractions. We had duck with potatoes as our first meal there, which is as common as a burger at an American restaurant. That is my inspiration for this meal.