While exploring Pier 39 in San Francisco, we came across an interesting spice shop called The Spice & Tea Exchange. The store offers a variety of interesting spices, spice blends, and tools for all of your culinary needs.
As you can see, there are a lot of spices.
Lots of custom blend spices to spruce up your foods.
Red Curry Powder. I actually prefer red curry over green curry.
Looks like the powder you use to make bubble tea.
Bamboo green rice? Interesting….
Pretty pink salt!
Coarst Sea Salt.
Blocks of Himalayan Salt. I’ve always wanted to buy a huge slab of it.
We bought a very nice treat for our cats!
Mixed spices. Looks like 5-spice powder ingredients.
More mixed spices. I can only identify the cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg?
Mortar and pestle. I’ve always wanted one of these!
I wished I incorporated more spices into the dishes I cook. But then again, I like simple flavors at home, especially since I eat out pretty often.
What are some of your favorite spices?
Ever just crave for waffles, maple syrup, fluffly whipped butter and eggs benedict? Every once and a while, I’ll have that serious craving for breakfast foods. So my friends and I decided to try Le Peep breakfast and lunch restaurant in Edison a while back and I was pleasantly surprised.
Fancy iced water right at the table to ease waiter duties! How clever…
They warm the maple syrup before bringing it to your table.
My friend got a grilled chicken sandwich.
Followed by chili with a side of corn chips.
I opted not to get the waffles and get a kid size portion of french toast instead. So good.
Side order of mac and cheese. Yea, we’re just that fat. You can’t look at a menu, see mac and cheese on it, and not want to order it. You just can’t.
Crab Cakes Benedict with hollandaise sauce on the side, and a side of fruit and potatoes. The dish was pretty good, but extremely heavy. This breakfast adventure definitely satisfied my breakfast craving, but I probably won’t be doing this again anytime soon. Time to hit the gym! Do you ever eyes that are bigger than your stomach and tend to order more than you should or can eat? How do you cure this disorder?!
Vacationing in Shanghai Part 5. Black Milk Bubble Tea with Pudding.
Cafe 85 is a franchise that started in Taiwan, but then expanded into China, Australia, and the United States. They sell, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, and beverages like bubble tea! I got the black milk tea (original) with tapioca and caramel pudding! I felt like the caramel was a bit too strong while the milk tea was a bit watered down. Not everyone can make perfect bubble tea, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. =]
Vacationing in Shanghai Part 4. Most Expensive Watermelon Juice EVER!
Never again will I be ordering watermelon juice that costs USD$5.00! I could buy 2 whole watermelons for that price and juice 2 gallions of watermelon juice. The excessive heat in Shanghai will make you do crazy things for a drink and a cool place to sit. Stupidly, we decided to sit in the most expensive cafe in one of the shopping malls. T_T
Vaccationing in Shanghai Part 3. Asian KFC.
I love that you can get distinctly asian food items like hot congee, fried breakfast bread, and custard tartlets at KFC in Asia. The congee is pretty on point in taste and flavor. The bread and famous egg tartlets were also really tasty but slightly drenched in oil.
Vacationing in Shanghai Part 2. The Best Mangoes I’ve ever had.
These mangoes are the size of small golf balls and are more like midget mangoes. But they carry an intensely rich mango flavor unlike any other. The seed of these tiny mangoes are really flat and slender, unlike your traditional mango seeds. I don’t think I’ve ever had mangoes this good. In Taiwan, they also have tiny mangoes that are the same size, but the ones in Taiwan are usually green and tart.
What’s the most amazing fruit you’ve ever had?