Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tips to save money on your grocery bill

I discovered this place with my sister-in-law recently in Centreville, VA called Grand Village. It is an Asian Grocery Store that mainly carries Asian food but, also carries alot of mainstream items. The store opened recently and is amoung a chain of Asian grocery stores in Fairfax, VA that all start with the name "Grand" well anyway I discovered that they have the cheapest and most affordable produce.

For example:
One whole fresh pineapple cost .99cents each.
1 box of 8 count of Mangos cost: $3.99
4 bunches of spring onions or green onions cost $1.00
5 limes for $1.00

I could go on and on with the low prices but, there are just too many to name.
Most people do not know that certain Asian Grocery stores carry the same items as the regular big standard chains do but, their prices are much lower than you would expect on certain items. Its worth checking out. I know most of you that read this may not live where I live but, with a little research in your area I am sure you discover and Asian Grocery store nearby go in and check it out. You will be amazed with your find.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hello Everyone

It has been about a week since I posted anything on this blog.

I have been very busy with random things.

I went to Metro Cooking show in Washington DC this past weekend.  Where they have tons of exhibitors giving out samples and promoting their products. It was fun. They even had celebrity chefs such as Giada, Paul Deen, Guy and many more.

I was lucky to be able to catch Giada's and Paula's shows. Both were very good.
I even ran into Giada in the ladies room. She was so nice exactly how she is on TV.

If you have a chance to ever attend one of these events I would highly recommend to check it out.

I believe the URL is they hold this event in several locations in the US. There might be one near you.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Products I Recommend

Please take a look over to your right of my page, I have listed some products that have been helpful to me while cooking an Asian meal.

Also please take a look at my book "Shortcuts To Asian Cooking" it has tons of recipes for making an Asian meal.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Safeway Spring Rolls

You will probably not believe this but, I just purchased a bag of Chicken Spring Rolls from Safeway in their frozen food section the other day. I normally make my own but, they are absolutely delicious and all you have to do is heat it in the oven. What could be easier ?

It is Safeways own brand. You can normally find this product in the frozen snack isle at Safeway.

Great for last minute guest, parties , snack etc. It also comes with sauce for dipping!

Please leave me a comment if you any of you have tried it.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Ashburn, Virginia

Nagoya's Japanese Steakhouse

This place has the best food. Its set up like Benihana's steak house but, the food in my opinion is far better.

A great place to take your family and friends. They stir fry the meal right in front of you on this huge grill and everyone sits around the grill. In my opinion I think they have the best fried rice around.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lotte In Chantily, Virginia

Here is a hard to find place with great Asian food. It is actually a grocery store that sells all  types of Asian foods and products, it also carries some mainstream items but, if you go near the back of the store, you will be surprised to find a food court serving up all types of Asian foods such as, Korean bbq, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese soups and dishes. This place has it all a one stop shop.

The prices are reasonable and you get alot for the money. With the meal or appetizer you purchase you also get free miso soup, water and tea. It is a great place to stop in and have a casual lunch with your family and or friends. Afterward you can do a little shopping and when I say "afterward" you know the old saying never go into a grocery store hungry :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Places to Eat in around Washington DC area

Good places to eat in my area (Washington DC Area) every few days I will write a short review on places that I have eaten in the area.

A Taste of Burma  located in Sterling, VA

The food is pretty consistant and tasty. The portions on the other hand a bit small but, the food is very very good. I would recommend this place to anyone. The resturant is clean and the decor is tastefully done. They serve noodle dishes, curry dishes, appetizers and desserts.

Ideas to keep your pantry well stocked to prepare an Asian meal

Asian cooking pantry ingredients that you should never be without.

Ginger root (fresh ginger can be frozen for months)
Fish Sauce
Soy Sauce
Oyster Sauce
Asian noodles (thin rice noodles)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sample recipe from my cookbook.

Burmese Roasted Chicken:

This recipe is all done in one big pot
Great for the family and unexpected guest.

1 whole chicken (or you can use chicken pieces such as legs, breast, thighs etc which cuts down the cooking time)

1/2 cup of soy sauce
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 medium potatoes cubed
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups of cooked rice
1/2 cup of water

In a large pot saute garlic in cooking oil.
Add chicken, soy sauce and sugar.
Add water and simmer until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken and set aside.
Add rice to sauce mixture.
Return chicken into the pot.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot.
I have created a cookbook that can make Asian cooking easy and fun.
Everything you need is practically at your local grocery store.