Dia Doce cupcakes

4 03 2012

Matt bought these cupcakes from the Dia Doce cupcake truck when it was parked in our local Whole Foods parking lot.

The strawberry and lemon blueberry flavors were fresh and tasted like the berries had been picked straight off the vine that morning. When I bit into the frosting, it had that nice thin sugary crust that protected the soft and fluffy insides. Perfect.

The cake was very moist and sticky–almost too crumbly and light–and I would have liked mine to be a bit denser.

More information about Dia Doce, and the truck’s schedule, can be found here.




27 07 2011

I recently got a message about a new Wiki project called MyCityCuisine.org that combines two of my favorite things: food and travel. The site is currently looking for contributors! So all of you foodie travellers out there, take a look and get creative! If you submit an entry to MyCityCuisine, please let them know that you found out about their site through Explore and Eat.

And, if you “like” the MyCityCuisine Facebook page between now and August 19, you will get a free City Walking Tour App!

Check it out!

2010 in review

5 01 2011

WordPress sends along these nifty year-end reviews and even though I hardly did any posting this year due to pregnancy and a new baby, the blog is holding its own.  Now if only I could get back to Japan or Ireland some time soon to create new, popular posts.

Thanks so much for reading, everyone!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 33 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 195 posts. There were 82 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 147mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 3rd with 147 views. The most popular post that day was Eat.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were citypaper.net, facebook.com, oysterevangelist.com, refzip.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for hachiko, schmitter sandwich, nakamura kyoto, the schmitter, and adriatic grill temple.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Eat April 2008


Tokyo Walking Tour: Shibuya and Harajuku March 2009


The Schmitter May 2009


Kaiseki Review: Nakamura-Ro, Kyoto March 2009


Dingle Peninsula: Moran’s Bus Tour May 2008

Victory Brew Pub

7 12 2010

We drove out to Victory on Saturday for the tour and lunch. The tour is free and fun. Lunch was delicious. I recommend…the beer. Especially if you are a hop-lover like I am. The food isn’t so shabby, either. Nachos: check. Tasty Jerk Chicken Grinder: check. Fresh and warm potato chips: check. Fall-off-the-bone ribs: check. Growler of Old Horizontal: an excuse to return for a refill.


Squash Parsnip Soup

21 11 2010

Matt made a delicious squash parsnip soup last night and it was super easy. He roasted up two parsnips, a small butternut squash, and an ambercup for about an hour at 350. In a small pot he sauteed some onion and added the veggies and vegetable stock. When the veggies were completely cooked and soft, he pureed everything with an immersion blender and the result was tasty, creamy, and comforting. I may have some for breakfast!

Organic truffles

13 11 2010

Just go get yourself some if these organic truffles at Whole Foods. You’ll thank me later.

Down Home Diner

11 11 2010

I had a business lunch today at the Down Home Diner in the Reading Terminal Market. Bacon blue cheese burger with a side of fries for $7.99. The burger itself was fine but nothing I would rave about. The roll was the best part–toasted, fresh, yum. The fries were cooked to perfection but I had to add salt. The service was good especially because there were 20 of us coming and going and creating confusion and havoc! As a local, I’d recommend Down Home Diner as a great place for a good lunch in an hour or less.