It's hard to believe but last July marked 10 years that I studied abroad in South Korea. While I had done international traveling before (a summer as an exchange student in Mexico when I was in high school, a class trip to Europe after graduation), Korea was different. Korea was on the other side of the world; Korea was a country where I didn't speak a word of the language let alone understand their alphabet; Korea was hard; Korea was like being dropped on another planet.
Afternoon tea at the historic Westin Moana Surfrider hotel was one of my favorite experiences on my trip to Oahu back in 2013 and so I have been on a mission to do "high tea" elsewhere. Even though the views wouldn't be of the Pacific Ocean and seating wouldn't be outdoors, I was still intrigued by the afternoon tea that was offered at the Omni William Penn hotel, a historic property in its own right (it dates from the 1930s).
For this past Christmas, I had asked for the recently published cookbook, The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History. I absolutely adore Cuban food but for whatever reason have never owned an actual Cuban cookbook. When I first saw mention of author Ana Sofia Pelaez's upcoming book release, I was immediately smitten by the images and recipes shown on preview posts.
Sadly, I've never had a Bánh mì, a Vietnamese-style sandwich (in the Vietnamese language, Bánh mì is a term for all kinds of bread). What I like most about the cookbook is that it offers a plethora of recipes ranging from the traditional variety (Classic Chicken) to more adventurous sounding ones (Star Anise and Lemongrass Sloppy Joe).