Foodie Friday: Crab Balls


Here's a neat dim sum cart fixture: Crab balls: fried balls of crab meat with sugar cane handles These are not to be confused with shrimp balls, which are also round and filled with tender seafood. The shrimp balls also use more fried, shredded-style wrappers. Crab balls, on the other hand, are uniformly spherical. I love the artistry of the sugar cane handles. They're sticks of sugar cane attached to the middle of the ball so you can hold onto the appetizers and eat them. My one … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Maple Bacon Donut

maple bacon donut

I know it's not healthy, but I had to check it out. My first: Maple Bacon Donut: donut with maple glaze and bits of bacon I liked the idea of combining savory and sweet. There was a nice contrast with the meat and the sugary pastry. But I think the level of sweetness overwhelms everything. The flavors remind me of breakfast...made into a ring. Just make sure not to eat too many! Want to try your hand at making your own? Here's a recipe. … [Read more...]

2017 Update


"Your present plans are going to succeed." Happy New Year! I didn't make resolutions this year, but I do have lots of hopes for the upcoming future. For writing aims, here's my list: Conferences (I admit it. I blew my conference budget going to the SCBWI conference over the summer. I'm submitting for a scholarship to a local event, though, so fingers crossed!) Edits (As always, I try to keep myself busy, creating and editing at the same time. I'm currently revising the next in my … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea Latte

green tea latte

Green tea latte: green tea mixed with warm milk I'm a huge fan of green tea. I like its lighter taste, as compared to its more bitter and darker counterpart. Also, I enjoy knowing that I'm feasting on antioxidants. My new cold weather favorite? Green tea latte. I can't find this in all the cafes I frequent, but when I do, I like to splurge. There's something comforting about a warm mug and sipping the frothy drink. I especially relish the creaminess of the milk (although, truth be told, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Lobster Noodles

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Lobster noodles: Lobster meat with long noodles This is a gratuitous foodie picture. Yes, long noodles signify longevity. You can find this dish (with or without the lobster) at birthday parties and New Year feasts. The taste is what you would expect--tender lobster over gravied mein. However, I liked the visual aspect of the dish the most. There's something striking about the vibrant red of the seafood against the more subtle tones of the noodles. What symbolic foods do you eat? … [Read more...]

Origami Trash Liner

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"You will be successful through innovation and determination." Every store I've been going to has shifted to charging for plastic bags. These were the same ones I used to line my trash cans with. (I've always preferred having my trash contained.) So how to fix my new dilemma? By combating need with culture. Behold: origami trash can liners! I used those advertisements I get in the mail all the time to make mine. Here's a pic of my project: What do you think? P.S. I followed this Youtube … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Pancake Machine

pancake machine

I tried out a... Pancake machine: a device that pops out pancakes That’s right. It’s a pancake machine! When I recently stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, I discovered this gem of a device. The batter is stored inside it. With a press of a button, it creates two steaming hot pancakes! The pancakes have just the right amount of chewiness, too. A breakfast winner to me!   … [Read more...]

Playgrounds–Not Just for Kids!


"Keep an eye open for an opportunity in the field of sports." I'm the kind of girl who thought making it across the monkey bars, one rung at a time, was a great feat. I was the child who couldn't do a single pull-up on the chinning bar. Even today, as I watch little kids tumble and cartwheel and do the splits, I'm in awe. Playgrounds were no friend to me growing up. Except for the swings, which I loved. I'm still a fraidy cat when going down those super twisty slides and hazarding bumps to … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: ROC versus Din Tai Fung


ROC versus Din Tai Fung: two restaurants specializing in soup dumplings Today's foodie post is on the war of the soup dumplings. Xiao long bao are tiny steamed dumpling filled with soup and (traditionally) pork. They're served hot from their steaming baskets, and are often dipped into a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger slices. Recently, I went to two restaurants that specialize in xiao long bao: ROC and Din Tai Fung. (Mama Lu's Dumplings is also a good contestant, but I … [Read more...]

Pass the Popcorn


"Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think." I like going to the movies. In fact, I got to watch Moana over the weekend (and loved the song, "You're Welcome"). I vetoed seeing Dr. Strange as a movie option (sorry, hubby) because of its non-Asian Ancient One. However, I am excited for the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians (the book was hilarious!). It's slated for an all-Asian cast. Though the casting is taking more time and effort to find these actors and actresses, … [Read more...]

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