Alicia Lieu

How I Met My Dinner Fourth of July: World Wieners & Rocket Pops

by Alicia Lieu


What could be more American than hot dogs and popsicles that are layered red, white, and blue? When I was a kid, I opted for the Rocket Pop every chance I could because of the white layer that was tangy and sweet at the same time. I was well into adulthood before I found out that layer was lemon flavored. Lea Leong Ringler comes through again with an easily assembled, healthy, and delicious popsicle.

How I Met My Dinner: Easter (English and Italian)

by Alicia Lieu



The absolute best part about living in New York is that the world comes to you. You don’t have to travel across any oceans to experience holiday food traditions of other countries. With a holiday like Easter, there are hundreds of church services in whichever tradition you choose to attend, and foods from all cultures are available here. I was at Amy’s Cafe inside the New York Public Library and they had Hot Cross Buns for sale.

How I Met My Dinner: Pies For The Holidays

by Alicia Lieu



I have very limited memories of pie from my childhood. In my family, fruit was mostly consumed as a dessert or snack, always in its raw form, and never cooked. Pie was something I associated with my Strawberry Shortcake Atari game where I had to avoid the bad guy, the Purple Pie Man. I discovered Marie Callender’s pies sometime during high school and I became addicted to their Fresh Strawberry pie.

How I Met My Dinner: Arthur Avenue

by Alicia Lieu


I had heard many things about Arthur Avenue but I never took the time to visit because it is all the way in the Bronx. Since Little Italy in Manhattan is basically surrounded by Chinatown and some foodies consider it to be a tourist trap, I finally had the opportunity to head up to the Bronx after being promised my own personal tour of Arthur Avenue.

How I Met My Dinner: Cinco de Mayo

by Alicia Lieu


I had brunch at The Boat Basin today and on the menu were early Cinco de Mayo items. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday I always heard about but never really knew anything about it. I finally looked it up on Wikipedia and discovered that it is not actually Mexican Independence Day, as is the common misconception, but it is a holiday that Mexican-Americans celebrate. It is observed in honor of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin who led the Mexican Army to an unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is much celebrated in California but virtually ignored in Mexico.

How I Met My Dinner: Passover

by Alicia Lieu


I have been sporadically watching the new hit sitcom Fresh off the Boat which is about a Chinese American family with immigrant parents. It never fails to make me laugh and the latest episode introduced a Chinese boy who was adopted by Jewish parents. It really illustrated differences and similarities between two cultures in a gut-busting hilarious way. Fresh off the Boat is set in Orlando, but one of the wonderful things about living in New York City is the incredible diversity that you encounter every day.

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