We’re Getting Married!


Renji WT

It’s official. On September 20, 2014, the World Tasters will say their vows and tie the knot!

I’m sure you have noticed that this site has been totally dead for a LONG time now – our apologies! In the last year, I have started work after finishing my PhD at Cornell, and we have been so busy with commuting that worldtasters.net got pushed to the back burner. Well, no more! As of today, worldtasters.net is the official wedding site of Siddharth and Tricia. All of the relevant wedding information can be found here for our guests. We hope to share some of our food-related wedding experiences (cake tasting anyone?) with you, in addition to providing our guests with details on our ceremony and reception. As we figure things out, we will add links below, so please check back for updates. We promise that once the wedding is over, we’ll be back to providing regular World Taster content!

(The above picture is our German Shepherd Renji at 8 weeks old. For those that don’t know him, he is 75 lbs. at 9 months old now, so he’s grown a bit! The picture isn’t relevant really, but this was one of our favorite photos of the last year!)

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Wedding: Accommodations and transportation to Newark

Here are few suggested hotels near the ceremony and reception:

Venue hotel: Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark, NJ (formerly known as Hilton Woodbridge)

To stay at the hotel where the venue is, please call the hotel directly at 732-494-6200 or book here and ask for Lin/Pathi block. Unfortunately you can no longer book through Hilton directly.

Surrounding hotels:

There will be no transportation provided from hotels to the venue, however, the venue has 2 private parking lots.

1) Renaissance Woodbridge

15 US Hwy 1 South,

Iselin, NJ, 08830

2) Residence Inn Woodbridge

2 Regency Pl Woodbridge, NJ, 07095

3) Holiday Inn Express

874 Route 1 North Avenue, NJ, 07001

Getting to the venue:

From Newark Airport:

For those who are flying into Newark, you can take a shuttle (Air Train) to the NJ transit from the airport (Trenton bound) to Metro Park station. There, the venue will be providing complimentary transportation to and from the train station to the hotel. To book the complimentary transportation, please call ahead (732-494-6200). Below is a schedule of the NJ transit with Newark Airport and Metro Park stations highlighted.

NEC Train schedule weekdays

NEC Train schedule


Cake Tasting @ Cake Fiction – Union, NJ

One of the designs we stared at for awhileGive us cake!

One of the events we both were really excited about was the cake tasting. After all, cake is the most enjoyable dessert on the planet. After several hours of searching for wedding cake designs and weighing our themes, we were able to decide on one thing: a red cake to go with our Chinese-Indian themed wedding. That was it. These days, wedding cake designers offer 10+ cake flavors and cake fillings that all sound delectable, making it difficult to decide on one particular combination. And that’s only for the interior of the cake! The most difficult decision was the actual design that represented both our styles. Siddharth’s style is all about bold and colorful designs with embellishments. I, on the other hand, look for simplicity and clean lines (very plain-jane).

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September 20, 2014 @ the Hilton Woodbridge

UPDATE: We now have a hotel block available for making reservations at the Hilton. Please call the number below or 1-800-HILTONS and mention that you are coming for the Lin/Pathi wedding to book your room at a discount rate. See you soon!

Here is the location and hotel information for our wedding:

September 20th, 2014
Hilton Woodbridge
120 Wood Avenue South
Iselin NJ 08830
(732) 494-6200


Newark is the closest airport, and shuttles and trains are available for transport (it is very short, about 10-15 minutes from the airport to the hotel).

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Vacation: San Francisco, CA Part II

San Francisco Bay

Tricia got the first chance to share her SF memories, and now its my turn! As soon as Tricia surprised me with plane tickets for San Francisco, my mind was racing. The west coast is uncharted territory for me, especially as far as food goes. And given San Francisco’s reputation as an eating Mecca, I knew that I had research to do. Continue reading

Bluefin Sushi – East Norriton, Pa

Sushi Platter @ Bluefin

2820 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton PA 19401

Moving from Malvern to Blue Bell has its perks – notably, a whole new batch of restaurants that we have yet to explore. Siddharth stumbled upon Bluefin while running a couple of errands. Located in the Northtowne Plaza in East Norriton (at the intersection of Dekalb and Germantown), Bluefin is not necessarily in a spot that would be expected to have great sushi. We did find some favorable comments on Bluefin on Chowhound (best site for reviews from people that are in the know!), so we went in hoping for the best.

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Korean BBQ-style Beef Brisket

Korean BBQ-Style Beef Brisket

Pardon the long absence! Due to a combination of many factors (mainly that I have been focusing on finishing my dissertation!), we have neglected our duties as World Tasters for some time. However, I am now a full-fledged doctor (not medical), and we are ready to share our food experiences with you. Since, our previous post, in addition to my graduation, Tricia has relocated to Blue Bell here in PA. In our explorations of the area, we ran across a wonderful Korean Supermarket just down the road – Assi. Inspired by our trips to Assi, I recently decided to tried to make my own version of Korean BBQ (as you may know, BBQ sauce is a passion of mine). Brisket was a great cut for this recipe, but I think pork shoulder may also work well. The big secret is to cook it for a while to make sure the meat really cooks properly. The result is a deliciously tangy, slightly spicy, and wonderfully tender BBQ beef.

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