The new, innovative or plain strange – Wine Ice Cream

Probably THE answer to your next heartbreak or bad day at work. Instead of having to chose between drowning your sorrow in a glass of wine or a pint of ice cream – take Wine Ice Cream. Mercer’s Dairy has most likely a flavour for you, fruity like ‘Cherry Merlot’ or ‘Peach White Zinfandel’, or more indulgent with ‘Chocolate Cabernet’.

Wine Ice Cream by Mercer's Diary

So, what do you think? New, innovative or just plain strange?

Foodies’ Movies: It’s Complicated

its-complicatedYes, I know. There are movies out there which are much more obvious foodie movies BUT… well, where to start? Have you seen the movie??? Food everywhere and, I have to say, I love those sets!!!

The movie revolves around a divorced power woman (the amazing Meryl Streep) who’s torn between (1) the sentimental thought of returning to her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin), who has however re-married, or (2) … Continue reading…

Things you never know you needed: Onion Goggles

For most of us foodies entering a food or a somehow food related store is something of a two-edged sword.

On the one hand it’s like entering heaven being among all those great products and you somehow suddenly develop the ability to come up with an excuse to pick up just about anything! And this is exactly what leads to an emptiness in our wallets which results the moment you leave the store in the suspicion that you probably, just maybe, have spent way too much on things you don’t actually need (though, define ‘need’ right?!).
There is different stores like this. You know IKEA? Hardly anybody comes out of IKEA without not buying at least, oh I don’t know, a candle… or some Swedish cookies… or a set of those pretty kitchen containers… Oh well, we’ve all got out little weaknesses.

All of this I thought about when I walked into a shop and saw this on the shelf:


The onion goggles!!! Actually, perfect timing. You can right away use it for this year’s skiing. And seriously, who doesn’t hate the tearing up especially when preparing a special dinner for family or friends.

And anyway, as Oscar Wilde already said: The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… So go ahead and indulge in some food stuff shopping! 🙂

P.S.: Do you have  Onion Goggles? You need some? Let me know what you think and leave a comment.

Doing Without Delia: Tales of Triumph and Disaster in a French Kitchen

Doing Without Delia - Tales of Triumph and Disaster in a French Kitchen

Who is Delia? Yeah, my first question, too. I got the book recommended and lent to me so I thought I give it a try. And thank God I did!

The first page answers your questions regarding the title as well as leads you into the moment when Michael Booth takes the decision to leave his home behind, move with his wife and two young kids to Paris and take up a course in what is undoubtedly the most well know culinary school in the world. Continue reading…

Breakfast: Korea vs. Germany

I had the unbelievable good fortune to live my first one and a half years in Dubai with two lovely ladies, one from Russia and one from Korea. We had a fantastic time and probably even more so since we were a tiny little group representing three different countries, two different faiths and three very different personalities.

One thing that I loved – and couldn’t help but make a picture of – was when one lazy morning my Korean friend and I had breakfast together. We started to take everything out of the fridge that we needed for our respective start in the day and this was the result:

Breakfast-Korea VS Germany

I don’t think I have to tell you which side is which country?! The used cutlery speaks volumes…
Food wise, I don’t remember all the items on the Korean side in detail but it was pretty much things like little fish, cabbage, spinach etc. all in mild to extremely spicy sauces. Little bits where then taken out with the chopsticks, added to the bowl of rice and enjoyed.
The German side looked … different. I am a huge cheese fan so you can see cottage cheese, cheese slices and cream cheese. Those were then combined as per liking of the day with salt and pepper, pesto or some fresh tomato and carrot. No breakfast without anything sweet so you can see honey and jam, and last but not least kiwi for the health factors and some cold chocolate milk.

My friend and I looked at each other and laughed. You never think about your breakfast routine because that what it is to you, a habit you follow every day almost blindly. This made us both realize how different our’s were just because we happened to be born on two different continents. Dubai is known for throwing people from opposite sides of the world together but this was happening on such a domestic day-to-day level… brilliant!!! This is exactly what I meant here when I said food brings people together, peacefully for a good meal.

So, what are you having for breakfast?

National French Toast Day

Yes, don’t ask me who came up with that but look it up on Google and you will find:

Google - National French Toast Day 2013

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t think this amazing dish, which can be so beautifully accessorized with anything from butter and syrup to whipped cream and fruits, deserves to be celebrated. But a National Day? Really?

What do we know about it anyway? It has different names (French Toast, ameritte etc.), almost every person you asked has their own (and of course best-in-the-world) recipe and it’s origin is … well, let’s say unclear. One blog states that it is a medieval creation for either the rich or the poor, another dates it back to the Romans and the name only comes from chef French…

The fact that remains (and really the only one that counts) is: it is DE-LI-CIOUS. Additionally, with dipping in a milk-and-egg mix and fry it, French Toast remains one of the easiest recipes to whip up, may it be for breakfast, brunch or as dinner dessert. So therefore, enjoy and happy National French Toast Day!

French Toast 2013

Social Foodie Enterprises: Bettr Barista Coffee Academy

Bettr Barista Coffee AcademyYou might have seen it recently on CNN. A spot. It looks like a commercial but it is not. A lady is introducing her Singaporean coffee company, Bettr Barista Coffee Academy. As the name suggests it is much more than just one more coffee shop among the Starbucks, Costas and Neros of this world. Pamela Chng is the founder of Bettr Barista and offering next to coffee also support to local women.
How? Continue reading…

Book suggestions: Rosewater and Soda Bread

Rosewater and Soda Bread by Marsha Mehran

More mystical than it’s predecessor but just as much a true foodie book.

It’s been one and a half year since we have seen Marjan, Bahar and Layla come to the little Irish town they now call home and open the Babylon Cafe. It has been a great success which brought them true friends in the community, but also enemies… Continue reading…

Foodies’ movies: Chocolat (2000)


There is hardly any better way of making a movie a ‘foodie movie’ than by calling it Chocolat. A classic when it comes to portraying this most essential of all food groups.

With a stunning cast, among which world stars like Judi Dench, Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Chocolat leads the audience into a small sleepy village in France… Continue reading…

Book suggestion: Pomegranate Soup

Pomegranate Soup by Marsha MehranAbout 2 years ago I was looking through my local book store and found this. Yes, I do judge a book by its cover and both, cover as well as title, got me interested. Then I saw it mentioned in one sentence with Chocolat and Under the Tuscan Sun, and I was sold. And rightly so!!!

Pomegranate Soup is a fantastic novel about three sisters fleeing from Iran and finding themselves in a little Irish village. Continue reading…