#BookReview: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl

"Rarely do great beauty and virtue dwell together as they do in you." The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See 4 stars Pros: Immersive historical details Exploration of Akha and adoptee culture Complex and rich mother-daughter relationships Cons: Authorial voice present Switching of perspectives The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is another great historical fiction book done by Lisa See. She is a master at capturing times past with vivid details. Her new novel is … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Mentai Squid Udon

mentai squid udon

Remember when I explored downtown Los Angeles and visited Little Tokyo? Well, I ate handmade udon noodles during that time. Mentai Squid Udon: thick noodles with squid and roe Fresh-made udon is an indulgence of mine. I love how the thick wheat noodles taste, with an exciting amount of chewy tenderness. Although I prefer udon hot, I have tried the noodles cold, which taste refreshing in warm weather. I usually stick to simpler meats with udon, but this time I tried mentai squid. The … [Read more...]

Downtown Los Angeles

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"Each bird likes his own nest best." I took a little jaunt to explore my own backyard. Amidst the towering skyscrapers, there shines a gleaming, curved metallic building. Yep, I got to tour the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Walt Disney Concert Hall Instead of choosing the guided tour, I opted for the audio version, complete with headphones and the narration of John Lithgow. The bright side of walking at my own pace was being able to soak in the experience and take all the pictures I wanted. I … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Donut

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Honestly, I'm not a huge donut fan. I do, though, love pumpkin pie. I'm not sure if it's because it gets me into the fall mood or because I enjoy all the yummy spices. In any case, when the kids asked to try a pumpkin donut, I said, "Why not?" Pumpkin donut: donut with pumpkin pie filling This donut really hit the mark. It's super soft with a creamy pumpkin pie center. On top, there's a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar to add extra sweetness. Want to make your own donuts at home? Try out … [Read more...]

LA Apple Picking

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"Your efforts will be worthwhile." I wanted to do something involving fall fun recently. Apple picking seemed like the best option. Sure, Los Angeles isn't known for its apples (I have lived in New York, so I've seen the beautiful orchards out there). However, it's got a nice share of U-pick farms in the San Bernardino area. Oak Glen boasts a number of ranches. It has a scenic loop with a bunch of apple-based businesses. We decided to check out the following destinations on our recent … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea Float

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I've had root beer floats, but never before a... Tea float: ice cream in green tea This is ingenious! I ordered matcha ice cream on top of the tea for extra green tea flavor. It's a refreshing treat during hot times (like the upcoming heat wave). I like how the tea is fresh brewed and pure. Then the ice cream adds a hint of sweetness for a dessert-like drink. Cheers! … [Read more...]

KU Fall Book Fair

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Don't miss out! From October 15 through October 31, a bunch of YA titles will be FREE in Kindle Unlimited. Look for Dragonfly Dreams and other exciting young adult novels on Amazon. Here's a list of books that are participating: http://www.leamckee.com/kubookfair/       … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Ragu Bread Bowl

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Want pasta but in a different way? Try out a ragu bread bowl like I did! Ragu bread bowl: ragu in a sourdough bowl Ragu is a savory meat sauce filled with spices. Check out this recipe for the sauce. I like the idea of putting the ragu into a bowl. The sourdough is baked fresh and lends a nice crust to sop up the juices. This version was a bit too salty for me, but it was rich with flavor and very hearty. Buon Appetito! … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Winning 3rd Place

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Foodie Friday: Sticky Candy

sticky candy

Sticky candy: handmade Malaysian candies My Malaysian relatives got the kiddos some handmade candy. They come in a cute jar and have various designs. These hard candies feature smiling happy faces as well as some more intricate designs of animals. The flavors offered range from regular fruits, like strawberry and watermelon, to more unique ones like lychee and passionfruit. I wasn't there in person to see the store, but I hear that they make the candy in front of you. They even offer … [Read more...]

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