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Restaurant Review: Jimmy Wan’s (Pittsburgh)

The only other time I had dined at Jimmy Wan's was back in 2008 so on one cold Saturday when we didn't feel like venturing too far from home (i.e. eat and do some shopping in suburbia), I came up with the idea to head to Jimmy Wan's for lunch. Serving up a vast array of Pan-Asian favorites, it's definitely one of the classiest Asian restaurants you'll ever encounter, especially one that is located in a non-city setting.

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Slow Cooker African-Style Chicken and Peanut Stew

My slow cooker was one of the first things I purchased after I began my "adult life" (i.e. started living on my own post-college). I got it from Kmart which is a discount department store here in the United States and even though the knob is slightly chipped and it's one without "bells and whistles" (the choices are either high cooking temperature or low cooking temperature), it's still going strong. While I wouldn't mind a newer/fancier one, I'm somewhat fearful to replace my existing one as

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Restaurant Review: A Taste of Britain (Main Line Philadelphia)

While contemplating unique things I could do on my recent trip home to Philadelphia, tea happened to come up. Earlier this year my mom had gone to a spot in Main Line Philadelphia (an area of one after the other affluent suburbs west of the city) for afternoon tea with some of her friends. The place is called A Taste of Britain so you know it

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Book Review: Diamond Head

If you've ever been to the Hawaiian island of Oahu you're probably well acquainted with the name Diamond Head. For those of you who aren't, Diamond Head is basically the most famous volcanic crater in the world. Yes, the world (it's probably one of the most photographed ones too). Located on the southeastern coast of Oahu at the end of Waikiki Beach and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you'd have to be pretty oblivious to miss this beautiful sight. And Diamond Head just happens to be the aptly named title of Cecily Wong's debut novel.

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Restaurant Review: Off the Hook (Pittsburgh)

As its name suggests, Off the Hook is primarily a seafood restaurant. I've talked about this before, how in the suburbs, non-chain, non-bar food dining options are rather limited, but thankfully new ventures keep cropping up, even if it is at a slower pace than some of us hardcore, mild chain-hating foodies would like. Sometimes it is extremely nice to be able to drive 10 minutes from your house and have dinner at a classy venue. One always

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