Texas Trip

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"Adventure awaits you." Over spring break, I traveled to Texas. Though I expected to hear more twang, I got quite a few ma'ams and y'alls. People were very polite and hospitable there. Here are a few highlights: Spotted some longhorns:   Grabbed kolaches as snacks--there are quite a number of bakeries specializing in these Czech treats: Listened to live music: Watched bats fly out into the night: Crossed the border into Louisiana and went crabbing! Where have you gone … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Queso

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Hi, y'all! I went to Texas for spring break, and I heard about... Queso: cheesy dip for chips So I checked out a local Tex-Mex place and dipped in. At first, I thought it was just like Velveeta (not my favorite). But the version I had was made from white cheeses. An addictive combination of cheese and peppers, it was layered with beef picadillo. The flavor wasn't too spicy but did add extra oomph to the chips. I also loved the creaminess of it. A thumbs-up from me for queso! (I'll be … [Read more...]

Cattlepen Maze

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#BookReview: Superbeetle

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"Your respect for others will be your ticket to success." Superbeetle by S. Michele Chen 4 stars Pros: Taiwan setting Chinese words Cons: Some flat characters Modern family dynamics* (see note below)   I was super excited to get ahold of this. Because of its vibrant cover, I actually thought this would be a picture book. (Warning: If your kids don’t like bugs, the cover might put them off.) However, it’s actually a lovely chapter book with images scattered … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Poke

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Poke: Fish salad Poke places have been popping up everywhere around me. I'm not sure if it's a health trend that's spreading or what. Since I do like sashimi at times, fresh tuna salad seemed like a great idea. What I love about poke is the Asian flavor infused in it; I'm all about the marinade. Feel free to make your own at home with this recipe. Fun fact: Fishermen in Hawaii would use their catch to make poke and eat it as a snack.  … [Read more...]

Cherry Blossoms Painting

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Foodie Friday: Ramen Snack

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Tried out this new food craze... Ramen snack: crunchy, flavored ramen, eaten as an appetizer I've heard recent hype about eating uncooked ramen. Apparently, folks are buying crunchy ramen for snacks. This is not the typical ramen--although I've known people to eat those uncooked noodles straight from the bag. Now companies are actually producing dry ramen with different flavors and spices. The way to eat it is to smash the noodles in the bag, pour the flavoring in, shake it all up, and then … [Read more...]

Angels Flight Reading

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"Meaningful relationships bring meaning to life." It's nice to live in a city pulsing with culture. Once in a while, I'll pop by a reading. Sometimes they're held in cool places like Clifton's Republic, complete with stuffed animals. (Clifton's is a rebooted historical cafeteria that features woodland decor.) My impetus to go was my friend Siel Ju's newest book, CAKE TIME. Winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Award, it officially launches April 6th, but I got a freshly minted … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: DIY Boba

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Okay, as you well know, I'm a fan of boba. (See this previous post for my explanation and to watch the Bobalife video!) Anyway, there are now chains popping up with an all-you-can-eat style. That means you pick a tea and add whatever ingredients you want. You can go crazy with bobas, jellies, puddings, etc. My plan of action was to choose, say, three ingredients at the most. Nope, went way overboard! Here's the result: I like the idea of getting more bang for your buck. In the end, … [Read more...]

Sakura

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"A smile is the most effective medicine." Every spring I enjoy watching the blossoms burst forth. Their bright cheeriness gives me joy and hope. My favorite tree is the sakura. Cherry blossoms exude a sweetness and delicacy with their petals. In historical Japan, people would often relax and picnic under their branches. Festivals still abound world-wide as folks flock to see their glorious floral displays. What speaks spring to you? P.S. Fun fact: Sakura mochi is modeled after the cherry … [Read more...]

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