Fancy Caprese Salad in under 5 minutes


I’m always on the look out for easy and elegant recipes for entertaining (or just for the hubs).  When I saw this recipe, I was two steps out the door to the grocery store for mozzarella cheese.  This is seriously super easy to make yet aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  Got a hot date coming over? Make this as a starter and he/she will fall head over heels for you. =)


Big tomatoes

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Fresh basil leaves

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Balsamic Glaze


Wash your tomatoes and basil leaves.

IMG_8497Bring out the three usual suspects for a caprese salad.


Slice the mozzarella and the tomatoes.  If you want more mozzarella, make more slices.


Stuff the mozzarella and basil in the tomato slices.  Drizzle Olive oil and the balsamic glaze to your liking, sprinkle some sea salt and enjoy!


Molto Delizioso!

Trader Joe’s Grocery Run

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I was first introduced to Trader Joe’s by my Aunt who lives in Pasadena, Los Angeles.  She took my family and me there when we went to visit her (and Disneyland of course years ago).  It was seriously love at first sight even though at a young(er) age.  Thanks to her, my obsession for trader joe’s only grew as more new products came out.  Hence, whenever I go to Trader Joe’s for a grocery run, I will try to post 3 new items that I haven’t talked about.


I have never tried this salad dressing but this friendly old lady next to me kept raving about it.  Well, why not?  I’ll give it a try and we’ll see how it goes.  How can you go wrong with pear and champagne?



If you like tomato, bocconcini and basil salad, this balsamic glaze is for you!  No need to reduce the sauce, its already thickened and ready to use right out of the bottle.


IMG_8424Sometimes, you just want to eat like a kid again, but with finer and more exquisite taste.  If you love macaroni and cheese, these are perfectly sized portions to satisfy your craving with 4 different kinds of cheese: cheddar, swiss, havarti and gouda! Its so gouuuuuuuuda! mmmm.


What is your favorite Trader Joe’s grocery item?