bún thịt nướng, fresh rolls and value through food

I have so many photographs of food I eat. Although I did not make the food here, there's something about keeping it as a memory for me that makes me feel happy and fulfilled. The more I cook now, I am realizing how time and care truly makes a meal taste good. There has been [...]

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Food review – shave snow at Powder, San Francisco, CA

I had my first taste of shave ice in Taiwan. The summer treat was surely unique to me as I've never had anything like it---red beans, tropical fruits and cream topped over literal shave ice was one of the tastiest and interesting desserts I've ever eaten. Fast forward to my trip to Oahu after trying [...]

Food review – dan tat (egg tart) at Golden Gate Bakery

I waited in line for this flaky (does anyone else think this word looks funny? I had to Google it to make sure I spelled it correctly) crust, sweet soft custard filling for over 20 minutes I think. I told him, "This better be worth it." He gave me this half smile and his left [...]

some home cookin’ IX

I've been a little sick, so I haven't made really good dishes lately, but seeing these photographs makes me smile. It's nice to look through this cooking "diary." For this post, there were two dishes I never made before and the others are ones that I've made some variation of. And for one, I store-bought [...]

spaghetti & meatballs digital art

Cooking used to be so intimidating for me. Early on, my mom would ask for my help in the kitchen with simple tasks like cracking eggs in a bowl and making scrambled eggs. I remember one of the first times I did it and pieces of eggshell fell in. She didn't look bothered at all. [...]

some home cookin’ VIII

I finally remembered to take some photographs of some dishes I made with yellow squash. There's no dessert-making nowadays due to the change in weather. I've been inspired to cook more of what I've been craving---Asian dishes. I tweaked them a bit and luckily there were still good. I also made a dish that was [...]

DIY: felt food (slice of bread and a piece of cheese) keychains or toys | sustainability

I love sewing with felt. Below are instructions to make a slice of bread and a slice of cheese keychain. I wanted to make a set with a fried egg one I made a while ago. They are now a breakfast sandwich family (with a felt kitty) :) Materials/Tools: -Ruler -Two different colored felt pieces [...]

some delicious food in Washington State | travel

Good food is almost an essential for me when I travel--no, it's definitely important. Because to me it's more than the food. It's an experience with the place in a whole new point of view. It's how I can relate with the people who live there. I remember a time during the first longggg road [...]

some home cookin’ VII

I haven't made a post like this since January. That's a really long time! My attention has been drawn elsewhere from travel to career to life in between. I recently made some yummy things and I'm happy to share these pieces of moments with you. It gives me happiness and calmness when I can make [...]

.org spotlight: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine |reducing food waste|sustainability

I always wondered what happens with the excess food prepared in restaurants and sold in supermarkets. A long time ago, there was a bakery I liked in the city that reduced their pastry prices by half after dinnertime knowing that a lot of it would end up as waste by the end of the night [...]

sweet memories

when i was a child, my mom loved feeding us kids fruit. she'd slice up oranges, taught us to eat pineapples, showed that some fruit had seeds, some needed skins peeled. she gave us cherries in the summer. it was so delicious. i am so grateful for it all. the sweetness, the taste itself. it's [...]

bánh mì & fried chicken & chinatown oahu, hawaii memories

music: m83 - un nouveau soleil currently feeling a bit uninspired, but i miss writing here so much. if you're in this mood, i think listening to good music and seeing delicious food photographs can somehow fix this. i'm not positive, but it's kinda working for me a little (hey, i'm here, right?) looking through [...]