Soft Pretzels with Labane and Caramelized Shallot Jam

Soft pretzel with labane and caramelized shallot jam | Rivka's Kitchen

If you follow the tenet, ‘listen to your gut,’ I would not recommend making these pretzels. What started out as a small piece just to get a taste, turned into 5 whole pretzels, a stomach-ache and a situation that could have gotten really out of hand, had my rational brain not intervened. Continue reading


Avocado Egg Rolls with Tamarind Honey Dipping Sauce

Avocado Egg Rolls with Tamarind Honey Dipping Sauce | Rivka's Kitchen

My feelings towards the Cheesecake Factory have always been apathetic at best, slightly resentful at worst. We go way back, the CF and I. In high school I happened to be a frequent  patron of the establishment. Young and highly impressionable, I was in awe of their ability to offer 36 different flavors of cheesecake. Sometimes, I had to hold myself back from pressing my nose against the glass and ever so softly whispering, “I’ll have one of each.” Continue reading

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa | Rivka's Kitchen

When the most reputable source for journalism and world news declared mangoes as the tastiest health food ever, I had no objections. It wasn’t clear if there were actually any other foods in the running or how they came to this conclusion, but I am in no place to argue. A lot of different things can be said about mangoes. They are orange (duh) and have a very pretty colored peel that sort of reminds me of a parrot. Mangoes are an enigma – hard to cut, messy to eat, but you know what? They taste so damn good that it doesn’t even matter. Continue reading

Watermelon, Lime and Mint Smoothie


A few weeks ago, while listening to Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” for the 36th time in a row, I noticed her saying, and I quote, “I’ve been drinking watermelon.” I wasn’t totally sure that’s what she had said so I asked a friend who was also not sure. There was a crisis on my hands and since I didn’t think to google the lyrics of the song, by the grace of god I came across this awesome video verifying that yes, Beyonce was in fact singing about drinking watermelon. Continue reading

Patatas Bravas with Garlic Aioli and Tomato Sauce


The past few months have brought up a travel itch in me. I started wondering how I could make this happen and my thoughts quickly turned into daydreams. Some unknowing sucker would think it was a good idea to offer me a food related travel show. We would travel to all of the amazing places that I have been dreaming of visiting. I would stuff my face, they would film. Maybe I’d talk about what I was gorging on, but I think I would prefer to be left in peace as I enjoy my food. Filming would end and then we’d start all over again the next day. You’d watch that right? Me too. Continue reading