Eggplant Involtini

I have discovered a new recipe that uses one of my favorite vegetables: eggplant! This recipe, called Eggplant Involtini, from Alexandra’s Kitchen is so delicious that I can’t stop myself from making it at least once a week. Make sure to prepare the eggplant (salt the slices so that the water drains) an hour ahead before rolling them with a cheese filling and baking.


Things to Do in Stuttgart, Germany

For the past three and a half years, I have made Stuttgart my home.  Because there is so much I could write about Stuttgart, I’ve decided to make an ever-growing list of things to do/see/eat/drink/shop in the capital of Baden-Württemberg.

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Schlossgarten: A 600-year-old park in the city center. Divided into three parts: Obere Schlossgarten, which has the Staatstheater, the Staatsgalerie and the Haus des Landtags; Mittleren Schlossgarten, with the Carl-Zeiss-Planetarium, the beer garden, and the main train station; and Untere Schlossgarte, with mineral baths and the river. At the end of the park is the Wilhelma Zoo and Rosensteinpark.

Neues Schloss: Used to serve as a residence to the kings of Baden-Württemberg. Located in the central square of Stuttgart, popular with tourists and as a hangout for locals.

Hauptbahnhof: The main train station of Stuttgart. Connects to cities throughout Germany and Europe.

Wilhelma Zoo (Wilhelmaplatz 13): Has a zoo and a nice botanical garden. Come during the spring to see all the flowers in bloom.

Fernsehturm (Jahnstraße 120): The TV tower with an observation deck. However, it is closed at the moment until further notice.

Feuersee: The Lake of Fire has the Johannes Church and a fountain.

Frühlingsfest: Popular festival which marks the beginning of spring, with carnival rides and beer tents.

Hamburger Fischmarkt: An annual fish market with fried herring, eel, shrimp, and other Nordic delicacies. Takes place in July.

Sommerfest: Held in the Schlossplatz, the summer festival brings crowds with its wide range of cuisines, wines, and cocktails.

Weindorf: The Wine Village consists of 125 wine stalls and over 500 kinds in the Marktplatz in mid-July.

Cannstatter Volksfest: The second biggest beer festival in Germany (second to Oktoberfest in Munich), Takes place in the fall at the end of September.

Weihnachtsmarkt: A lovely Christmas with Christmas crafts, mulled wine, and other winter goods.

Mercedes Benz Museum (Mercedesstraße 100): Starting at the top of the museum, you can work your way down the nine levels of Mercedes history, from classic cars to modern-day cars.

Porsche Museum (Porschestraße 1):  The Porsche Museum holds about 80 cars and small exhibits.

Das Leuze Mineralbad: Mineral water is used for the swimming pools and saunas. Also has tanning booths, playgrounds, a sports field, and a restaurant.

Schloss Ludwigsburg (Schlossstraße 30, Ludwigsburg): North of the city center is the palace of Ludwigsburg, one of the largest baroque buildings in Europe. Check out the tour to view the royal apartments, museums, and the palace theater. The surrounding garden is also one of the oldest, which hold events year round, such as the Kürbisausstellung, which takes place in the fall.


Udo Snack (Calwer Straße 23): Hamburgers and specialty burgers.

Biergarten im Schlossgarten (Am Schloßgarten 18): A beer garden in the middle of the Schlossgarten.

QQ Sushi Lounge (Kanalstraße 10): Quick service and delicious nigiri, maki, and fried sushi rolls.

Vegi Voodoo King (Steinstraße 13): The eggplant falafel eggplant is famous here. Vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.

Zum Paulaner (Calwer Straße 45): Bavarian and Swabian food, with Paulaner beer on tap.

Reiskorn (Torstraße 27): Asian cuisine in a hip atmosphere. Sit in the Buddha’s garden in the back.

Eat Drink Man Woman (Schloßstraße 77):  The only authentic Korean restaurant in the city.

Ilysia am Wallgraben (Möhringer Landstraße 100): The closest to Greece you will get. The terrace is a great place to be, especially in the summer season.

Namaste India (Osterbronnstraße 60): Tasty Indian food. Come for the lunch buffet (6,90 € per person).


Flohmarkt Karlsplatz: Find your flea market needs.

Königsbau Passagen (Königstraße 26): Shops and cafes, and a newly built food court that offers sushi, kebab, burgers, and cupcakes.

Königstraße: The main shopping street in Stuttgart, with shops such as H&M, C&A, Hollister, Esprit, Hugo Boss, and the GALERIA Kaufhof.

Breuninger (Marktstraße 1-3): This flagship store has brands such as Burberry, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Markthalle (Dorotheenstraße 4): An Art Nouveau building that is now a shopping place with 37 stalls of exotic fruits, teas, spices, and chocolates.

Konstanz, Germany

When I first came to Germany in 2009, the first place I visited was Konstanz, a little city on the western end of the Bodensee (Lake Constance). Of course, I don’t count landing in Frankfurt, but I will have a travel post about Frankfurt, so check back later. 😉

It was because of an ex-boyfriend that I had arrived in Konstanz. Before him, I had never thought about moving to Germany. I have lived in England and Korea before, but I am a true Californinan, by birth and soul, and I had always thought about staying in California. Konstanz is bordered by Kreuzlingen, a Swiss town, which is where he lived, while he attended the hochschule on the German side.


Konstanz is a university city, housing about 80,000 people. It is located in the south west of Germany, bordering Switzerland. The Rhine River separates two parts of the city, The north part, the larger part, consists of residential areas, industrial areas, and the University of Konstanz. The south part consists of the old town, the administrative center, the shopping district, and the Hochschule Konstanz Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung (University of Applied Sciences).

So while my ex lived in Kreuzlingen, we spent most of the time in Konstanz. I was there for three months, and more in between when I later moved to Stuttgart (for another post, as well). Although I had arrived in Germany during the beginning of winter, I learned to fall in love with Konstanz and the lake. It is easily one of my favorite cities in Germany.


Bodensee Therme (Zur Therme 2): A spa facility that includes multiple saunas and pools.

Fastnacht/Carnival (Old Town): A week-long event with costumes, parades, and parties. Takes place after Ash Wednesday.

Weihnachtsmarkt am See/Christmas Market (Marktstätte): Stalls selling wine, food, and Christmas gifts at the main marketplace and harbour.

The harbour: Great place to sit and relax, and to watch the boats and drink a beer.

Insel Mainau/Mainau Flower Island: Beautiful island with flowers, a butterfly house, and a greenhouse.

Imperia Statue (at the harbour entrance): A statue of a women holding two men, Pope Martin V and Emperor Sigismundin.


Zeitlos (St. Stephans Platz 25): My favorite restaurant in Konstanz. Has the best brunch, and the vegetarian maultaschen with salad is delicious.

Sushi-Bar Tatsumi (Wollmatinger Str. 70): Got to have my sushi! Located outside of the old town, but worth the drive/bus. Small and intimate sushi bar. Reservations are recommended.

Don Alfredo (Hofhalde 7): One of the best places in Konstanz for Italian food. Go during mussel season, for their amazing mussel and spaghetti dish. Reservations are also recommended.

Pizzeria La Piazza (Marktstätte 2): A typical Italian restaurant. Located at the Marktstätte, so sit at the patio outside for people watching.

Die-Cocktailbar (St. Johann-Gasse 4): Name is pretty self-explanatory, has cocktails of all varieties. Nice and dim abience. Popular with students.

Aran (Marktstätte 6): A great cafe with drinks and snacks. Even has custom-made ice cream.

Shamrock Irish Pub (Bahnhofstr, 4): Good place to meet other English-speaking people. Has a full calendar of events and parties.



1. Old Town: Full of shoe and clothing stores. Pedestrian-only area for strolling and building-looking.

2. LAGO Shopping Center (Bodanstr. 1): A shopping center with 70 stores and restaurants, such as H&M, Esprit, Zara, and Tommy Hilfiger.

3. Flohmarkt Konstanz/Kreuzlingen/Konstanz/Kreuzlingen Flea Market: One of the biggest flea markets in Europe, runs about 14 kilometers from Kreuzlingen and into Konstanz. Takes place in the beginning of July.

New “Travel” Section


Hello everyone! Sorry it has been awhile since I last wrote. I do have new recipes I would like to share, but in the meantime, I would like to put up a new section called “Travel”. It will record cities and spots that I have been to in the last several years. It will contain favorite sights and restaurants. Of course, I don’t consider myself on an expert on these cities, but at least, as a traveller, I can help other fellow/future travellers. And you can also add some of your suggestions too! 🙂


French Vanilla Cake with Strawberries

This past month, it was two of my coworkers’ birthdays. One liked French Vanilla, the other liked Strawberry Shortcake. So I combined the two. A great dessert for a spring birthday gathering.



1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup butter, softened
7 to 8 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tapblespoon  vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch cake pan, and dust the inside with flour and tap out excess. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
2. Beat the butter for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat another 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition.
3. Start adding the flour mixture one cup at a time. Alternate with the milk, and end with the flour mixture. Add the vanilla, mix well and pour into prepared cake pan.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or when a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a rack and cool.
5. For the frosting, place the softened butter in a mixing bowl and beat with 1/2 of the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and milk, and mix well. Add another cup of powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency to spread. Beat until light and fluffy, and spread on the cooled cake. Top with strawberries.

12 servings

Paleo Green Beans and Omelet

I’ve been currently playing around with the Paleo Diet (aka Caveman Diet), trying to find appealing recipes. Luckily, it hasn’t been too hard because I tend to stay away from starchy foods, and some diary and sugary foods. Nom Nom Paleo is my new favorite website. I decided to make two of its recipes, Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes and Onions and Julia Child’s Rolled Omelet (Thai Style).  This was a no-brainer for me because the two recipes combines a few of my favorite ingredients: tomatoes, green beans, and eggs. Delicious dinner.


Brownies with Caramel and Walnuts

A trip to Starbucks the other day inspired this brownie recipe. My boyfriend was all over their caramel and walnut brownies, so I decided to try to make them myself. I am pretty partial about brownies, I could care either way. Anyway, my boyfriend was happy with the end result, so I guess that’s all that matters. 🙂



1 cup butter, melt
3 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Caramel Sauce:
1 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat the sugar over medium-high heat, whisking until it reaches a dark amber color. Add the butter and whisk into the sugar. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the heavy cream. Continue to whisk until it forms a smooth sauce. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before topping the brownies.
3. For the brownies, combine the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until thoroughly blended.
4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl. Gradually stir flour mixture into the egg mixture until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Scatter walnuts and top with the caramel sauce.
5. Bake in preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove, and cool pan on wire rack before cutting.

24 servings