Month: January 2015

South Asia Trip Part II: Angkor Wat, Friends International, and Khmer History

Hello Cambodia! From Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh to Angkor gateway Siam Reap, Mizuha and I spent 5 days in the so called ‘Kingdom of Wonders’ getting to know its Khmer history, food, and people. Cambodian cuisine definitely has its own flare, a taste relatively different to Vietnamese food and Thai food. For one, it’s not as spicy! Even more interestingly, Khmer signature dishes (like Cambodian Fish Amok) use herbs that have a slightly bitter taste. So if you like a mixture of complicated spices, make sure to try one of Cambodian cuisine’s many curry-based dishes! Cambodia is truly a vibrant country just recovering from its Civil War. With good food, amazing temple ruins, and a friendly plus relatively young population, it definitely stood out as a country with its own character! *Note: Mizuha and I travelled to Phnom Penh first in order to visit the Killing Fields, not just to understand the brutality of the Khmer Rouge in the past, but in order to understand a piece of Cambodian history that is no doubt an important part of Cambodian identity today. For the purpose of this blog, I …

South Asia Trip Part I: Saigon Street Eats, the Lunch Lady, and more!

Hello! It’s been a couple of days into my South Asia trip and I’m loving all of Vietnamese cuisine’s traditional ingredients like lemongrass, Saigon cinnamon, and fish sauce. The endless bowls of Vietnamese noodles I’ve consumed (cooked in so many different broths I’ve never tasted before) only add to the fun! From trying Vietnamese street foods on the back of motorbikes to visiting the gorgeous Saigon Central Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel, Mizuha and I have had a wonderful time getting to know Ho Chi Minh City. With a colorful culture and diverse cuisine to boot, Vietnam is definitely a country I would love to go back to. As I wrote previously, Mizuha and I will be traveling to Cambodia and Thailand as well, so this is Part I. of my South Asia adventures. Which also means, there will be a lot of colorful photos in each post and hopefully they will do their magic and help me narrate what adventures I experience in each city! Although I didn’t include every single place we visited, such as the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace, hopefully these highlights will …

Exploring South Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand

I’ll be traveling through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand from January 11th-23rd, and I can’t wait to share all my findings! I’m going to try to include daily posts on all the cities my friend Mizuha, who explored Tokyo with me this summer, and I go to. This includes Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Siam Reap, Bangkok, and Ko Samui. If you have any recommendations, travel tips, or must-eats, let me know! love, eatprayjade x.

Holiday Brunch at Clinton St. Baking Co.

Happy New Years! Top of my 2015 New Years Resolutions List was exploring more popular food spots so in the spirit of that, I squeezed in a holiday brunch with my family at Clinton St. Baking Company recently. This popular Lower East Side shop is known for its delicious blueberry pancakes, Belgian waffles, and brunch overall. I first heard about Clinton St. Baking Company in Tokyo this summer actually. But I also quickly learned that Tokyo’s pancake craze means delicious pancakes only if you can endure enormously long waits–after all, lines can go for hours at this popular brunch spot! But, what girl doesn’t love a delicious stack of pancakes? I seriously appreciate brunch with great pancakes, especially if they fit my golden rule: fluffy on the inside with slightly crispy sides. So this time, despite the hour wait (which was much shorter than the one in Tokyo I’m sure!), I persevered. A new year means renewed strength to wait for good brunch right?                             Hands down, Clinton St. Baking Company is delicious–the …