Friday Tasty Links – April 5, 2013

This weekend will be light in terms of dish washing.  I don’t plan to do much cooking because I will be enjoying the best of Puerto Rican gastronomy at Saborea Puerto Rico. If you are planning on going, remember to message me through Twitter or Facebook or use hashtag #SaboreaPR in your posts.

My olive sablé dough is resting in the fridge and will be baked tomorrow, so watch out for a French weekends post instead. David Lebovit’s seaweed sablés are also getting the catch-up treatment.  I’ll finally check off these overdue savory crackers from my to do list.

On to this week’s Friday Tasty Links!

  • Quentin Tarantino’s Fascination With Food (Slate)

Quentin Tarantino’s films are not for everyone, but this video shows some of his greatest food in film moments. I will always get chills from Christoph  Waltz’s performance in Inglorious Basterds, between the milk and the strudel scenes.  Shudder… 

Asparagus season is here!  I love shaving it into salads and pretty much all preparations that require roasting. For this year’s Good Friday, I made a spread with asparagus, roasted garlic and cream cheese.  It makes the cutest and tastiest pinwheel sandwiches.

Beto is a high school friend that also went to college in Louisiana.  Unlike me, he actually stayed in New Orleans and has lived there now for over ten years.  Beto started posting pictures of his almost daily lunch outings on his personal Facebook page, and it got so popular among his friends that he opened an actual FB page for the NOLJ. He will be celebrating his 2nd Annual Po’Boy Week soon, and I can’t imagine how he’ll top last year’s finds.  The New Orleans Lunch journal keeps me nostalgic for the city, the Creole and Cajun specialties, and all the great ethnic food that keeps peppering NOLA.

And speaking of New Orleans, Saveur has given me material for hours of procrastination and daydreaming with this collection of recipes and articles published just yesterday.  This will tide me over until the Underground Dining Club’s La Nouvelle-Orléans dinner next week.

  • Asia Tipping Guide: How Much to Tip at Hotels, in Taxis, and at Restaurants (Condé Nast Traveler

While I’m not planning to visit Asia at this time, it’s always interesting to see what are the actual guidelines for each country.  I find it hard to believe that tipping is not a practice in Singapore, especially with the large expatriate populations.

Andrew Scrivani is a photographer and one of the featured speakers in the 2013 International Food Bloggers Conference that I will be attending later this year.  In this feature, he explains the logic for choosing particular props to ‘dress up’ an simple tomato soup.  I can’t wait to actually see him in action.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

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