Eggplant Panko Sandwich

eggplant panko sandwich
I love eggplant – especially when it’s dipped in egg, rolled in panko and then fried. I found this recipe when I was on my favorite app, Flipboard on my iPad via Matt Romero’s Eggplant “Sandwiches”.  I thought this would be perfect for when I have my vegetarian friends over for dinner. Check out this simple recipe below! Enjoy.

Ingredients Needed for Eggplant Panko Sandwich
Eggplant Panko Sandwich Ingredients: Serves 5

  • 1 eggplant
  • basil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup panko
  • 4 large lettuce leaves chopped in half
  • 2 tomatoes (I love tomatoes – so you only need 2)
  • kosher salt
  • frying pan
  • crumbled feta cheese

Sliced Eggplants and Tomatos
Slice the tomatoes and eggplant in 1/2 inch slices. Cut the lettuce leaf in half or smaller pieces. Note: I put the eggplant in salt water – but you should actually lay the eggplant on a paper towel and sprinkle them with salt to let them “sweat out the moisture.” This will allow the eggplant to stay firm while you build your sandwiches.
Sliced Eggplant + Egg + Panko
Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl and put the panko in another. The original recipe called for flour, but I think it burns the oil and the eggplant takes a lot longer to cook, there are more calories for my fashionista friends, and the eggplant pieces look perfectly golden brown when just frying it in panko.

On medium/low heat, heat up the olive oil while you are prepping the eggplant. To test to see if the oil is ready, place a few panko crumbs into the pan. If they begin to sizzle, the oil is ready.

Egg and Panko

Panko Eggplant Ready for the Pan of Olive Oil
Make sure  the front/back/sides of the eggplant are covered. Then start your frying!

Once the eggplant is golden brown on each side, take the eggplant off the burner and transfer it to a pan with paper towels. Dab off the excess oil and sprinkle the eggplant with kosher salt.
Construct your sandwich
Now, it’s time to assemble your sandwiches. Take two pieces of eggplant, lettuce, tomato, basil and feta and Ta-Da!
End result - Panko Eggplant Sandwich
Enjoy!

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Hong Kong: W Hotel High Tea

W Hotel High Teal

If you have never experienced high tea then you MUST go. Every year/time I go to Hong Kong I try to make it to high tea. This was my second time trying the W Hong Kong’s  afternoon tea – and I must say, the atmosphere is spectacular and this high tea is unordinary and lovely. I think how the food and drink are presented are definitely at the crossroads of where East meets West.  The interior is inviting and the art found throughout this international hotel is fantastic, odd and bit over the top – but it works! Check it out!

W Hotel Wood Bar

Butterflies and mirrors reflect the walls and shows of the interior’s high ceilings. The high tea is located in the W’s WOOBAR . If you decide to experience this Kowloon high tea, I recommend calling a day in advance to make a reservation.
Interior at W Wood Bar

Winnie's VIP Hong Kong W Card

Winnie’s VIP Hong Kong W Card

My best friend Winnie always seems to find the best deals in town – she’s super savvy. She signed up for Hong Kong’s W VIP card which allows her to receive 25% off the restaurants, spa and amenities (excluding room rates); she also received 1500 HKD coupons at the W Hong Kong . We ordered the high tea’s set menu for two (for the three of us). See what I mean when I say “east meets west?”

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east meets west: savory treats on top

east meets west: savory treats on top

east meets west: sugary treats on the bottom

east meets west: sugary treats on the bottom

pineapple raspberry: delicious

pineapple raspberry: delicious

Hong Kong meets British style scones

Hong Kong meets British style scones

soy latte and sugar rock sticks

soy latte and sugar rock sticks

Enjoying my new purchases from Mong Kok at High Tea

Enjoying my new purchases from Mong Kok at High Tea

We had a lovely time at afternoon tea. I miss my friends so much. I love hearing them speak Cantonese together (I hope to learn one day). Winnie and I speak Mandarin together sometimes and we talk about the days we lived in Beijing together. I can’t wait to see her next year and hopefully this summer in LA. The W’s high tea is one of the best in Hong Kong. My two friends, especially Lam Lam is definitely a food critic and knows her “stuff” being a baker herself. Even if she may disagree with me about the W’s high tea being one of the best in Hong Kong, I can’t wait to see where she suggests to go next!  Winnie and Lam Lam get ready for next year! Love you both so very much.

perfect date with my two Hong Kong friends, Winnie and Lam Lam

perfect date with my two Hong Kong friends, Winnie and Lam Lam via Winnie and Lam Lam’s instagram

Photo Diary: Seattle

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I hope everyone had a a lovely weekend. I was fortunate to travel to Seattle for Saturday night with 14 ladies for a quick 24 hour trip. We did lunch at Pike Place, shopped around at 5th and Pine, stayed at the lovely W Hotel Seattle and ended the night at the bars in Capital Hill. Wow, it was fun but the time spent there was super quick. I decided for this post I would do a photo diary, and share my story with you through the images above.

Pike Place was lovely as usual. I love seeing that spring in the air and the tulips in the flower stands were gushing with vibrant color.  As always, there were tons of fresh produce, seafood and delicious treats like clam chowder, French baguettes, fresh pastas, and flavored honey sticks. If you don’t know where to eat in Seattle or know exactly where to go, head to Pike Place Market. My friends and I dabbled in all sorts of little eateries and restaurants. There are tons of food stands and cafes that line this market place. Try the clam chowder taste flight at Pike Place Chowder, yumm.

After our eating excursion we did some major damage to our wallets at 5th and Pine. I loved how everything was close together, we could walk and enjoy the farmer’s market at the iconic Pike Place Market and then make our way four blocks east and enjoy fabulous shopping. A big shout out to my friend, Kamauri Yeh (her blog here) for planning this fantastic trip. Enjoy. xx

Food Cart: The Whole Bowl

The Whole Bowl

The Whole Bowl

Hello everyone, meet Tim, the man who operates The Whole Bowl food cart, located in the heart of NW Portland’s Pearl District. Every week day, The Whole Bowl is open from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (rain or shine). Tim usually knows his regulars’ orders (including mine: big bowl with no cilantro), but welcomes new ones with open arms. If you’ve never experienced the food cart culture in Portland, OR you will soon find out that food carts are placed all over this city. Step onto 1100 NW and Glisan and you will find a long line of people craving this 10 year old establishment. See what people are waiting for and look inside one of these delicious Whole Bowls.

What is in a Whole Bowl

What is in a Whole Bowl

Ingredients:

  • brown rice
  • black and red beans
  • sour cream
  • black olives
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • tali sauce (named after the founder and owner, Tali Ovadia)
  • cheddar cheese
  • salsa
  • hot sauce

So what exactly is “Tali Sauce?”

Tali Sauce is The Whole Bowl’s secret weapon. Referred to by many as “crack sauce”, this lemony-garlicky blend has been building local addictions in the Pearl, Downtown and at the new Hawthorne location, for more than ten years. Sauce devotees have been known to experience a prolonged sense of well-being and tremendous relaxation upon consumption. – The Whole Bowl

Everything you see above is of course “optional.” You also can make it vegan by eliminating the sour cream and cheese, and of course it’s already vegetarian. See what one of these Whole Bowls look like!

The Whole Bowl

The Whole Bowl

Yumm right? Check out the delicious and simple menu below..

The Whole Bowl prices

The Whole Bowl prices

  • Big Bowl (16 oz) – $5.50
  • Bambino Bowl (12 oz) – $5.00
  • Tortilla Chips – $1.00 (great for dipping)
  • Soda + Water – $1.00

Note: cash and checks only. Luckily your bank’s ATM is probably around the corner

bowls

Around 95 Whole Bowls are made and sold daily from this NW location. The Whole Bowl also does local catering events and concerts in the summer time. Contact them here or visit your local Whole Bowl for more information.

pots of brown rice!

pots of brown rice!

Brown rice – the base of a Whole Bowl.

Adding red and black beans

Adding red and black beans

Then add the protein, red and black beans!

whole bowl ingredients

whole bowl ingredients

Add your additional mix-ins!

adding the mix-ins

adding the mix-ins

The end result - The Whole Bowl

The end result – The Whole Bowl

Ta-DA! The end result. The Whole Bowl.

The Whole Bowl skinny

The Whole Bowl skinny (click to enlarge)

Ok fashionistas, need to know the exact calorie count in one of these bowls? Click on the image above to enlarge.

The Whole Bowl gift card and locations

The Whole Bowl gift card and locations

I love having the option to buy gift cards at local businesses because it encourages people to “buy local.” If you have a friend that lives or works close to The Whole Bowl, why not surprise them with a gift card? On the back of the gift card it tells you where you can redeem your gift!

hot sauce selection

hot sauce selection

I don’t know about you, but my Whole Bowl is not complete without adding some hot sauce. Yumm.

The Whole Bowl logo

The Whole Bowl logo

Thanks for checking out my feature on The Whole Bowl! I was really excited to share it with you because it is one of my favorite lunch spots and I also think it does a good job representing Portland. Tim was really informative and works hard to make sure he is serving quality ingredients to his customers. If the NW Pearl location isn’t convenient for you, check out the other two locations here. If you don’t live in Portland, I hope when you do visit, you keep The Whole Bowl in mind.

Why I like it?

I think it’s a good representation of Portland. It’s local and every bowl is consistent; using healthy/quality ingredients.

The Whole Bowl has a website, but besides that they aren’t on social media networks yet. I’ll update my page once they have additional links. Check out their website for more information.

Website: The Whole Bowl

Hours: varies on location
The Bowl in the Pearl: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Downtown PDX Bowl: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Super Bowl: M-F 11:30 am – 7:00 pm & Sunday: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Price: $

Pretty Things: Light

New inspiration notebook for Tangerine Tote

New inspiration notebook for Tangerine Tote

This week’s Pretty Things highlights my crazy but productive week for “Tangerine Tote.” I have been busy thinking about awesome new ideas to share with all of you as well as talking to more local businesses in Portland to feature on my site.  I decided to collect my ideas and thoughts in the three journals I found at Target. Each of them has an inspirational quote on each of their covers. I thought the red and polka dot, William Shakespeare journal would be a good one to start with. TIP: Be sure to carry around a journal in your purse or briefcase so you can jot down random thoughts. It will help you remember ideas or instances you experience in your busy day for later inspirations.

“Joy delights in joy.” – William Shakespeare

Making "Tangerine" Comos

Making “Tangerine” Comos

Yumm… Tangerine Cosmopolitans. Here is the recipe to WOW your friends (I promise).

Ingredients You Need:

Mix these chilled ingredients together in a large pitcher. Stir. Pour the cosmo mixture over ice in your martini shaker. Shake 100 Xs (or as much as you can).  Pour into your martini glass and serve immediately. The ingredients above equals one batch (serves about 6). It is really easy to double, triple or even quadruple a batch. These cosmos also freeze nicely! You can keep the leftovers in the fridge and treat yourself after a long day at work.

framing postcards

framing postcards

Oh postcards.. they truly are pieces of art. I found the blue + yellow ones in Shanghai and the other NY ones when I was visiting MoMa in NY. In my earlier post this week, Framing Postcards, I talked about how easy and inexpensive it is to frame postcards you find when you travel, walking through an art museum, or visiting a cultural exhibit. These postcards mean a lot to me and remind me of great memories I made at these awesome places.  Go ahead, frame your favorite postcards and start decorating!

Recipe hunting via Smitten Kitchen

Recipe hunting via Smitten Kitchen

Doesn’t this cake look amazing? My aunt let me borrow her Smitten Kitchen Cookbook! I wasn’t familiar with the blog, Smitten Kitchen, but now that my aunt has introduced it to me I am in love with all Smitten Kitchens’ recipes. She truly has an eye on photographing food and her cookbook and blog are full of fantastic recipes (some are simple enough for even me to make). Take a peak at her blog if you are looking for some tasty meals to try out.

Morning coffee - Barista soy vanilla latte

Morning coffee – Barista soy vanilla latte

There is something about a nice cup of coffee, thick sweaters and some bright arm candy on a chilly morning. Once per week, I meet my dear friends, Kamauri (YehWho) and Christina, for early morning coffee before we start our work days. We either go to Portland’s local Barista or Cafe Umbria.  It’s nice to have a weekly catch up to see how everyone is doing and what their weeks are looking like. I love starting these mornings earlier, because I always seem to come to work in a better mood and more awake after a refreshing, early morning chat. If you are finding that you are in a funk or your week days are blending in too much with one another, try switching up your routine and adding an early morning yoga class or starting a weekly coffee date with friends.

My Arm Candy:

Hope everyone had a great weekend and you are all ready to start another exciting week! Looking forward to posting more DIY project and local business reviews. xx