Crazy Rich Asians!

"You will soon be honored by someone you respect." Yes, I watched “Crazy Rich Asians” and LOVED it! It’s a super charming romantic comedy. Constance Wu really nailed the leading lady role. The interactions between the different generations and classes were exquisitely played out. I also really liked the side characters of Peik Lin and Oliver—hilarious! I did the read the book as well. The movie isn’t able to showcase the lavish details of the uber rich that well (because it’s visual … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea Croissant

Green tea croissant: classic crescent bun with matcha cream inside It was between this or an almond croissant at the bakery. The cute matcha sprinkles won me over. I’ve tried breaded goodies with green tea before, but not in this form. A croissant is an exquisite European delicacy. What could go wrong? I think it is an inspired Frasian (perhaps I just made up that word = French-Asian) combo. Somehow the multiple layers of a croissant didn’t work with the cream, though. I think it has to … [Read more...]

Crystal Cave

"A much needed vacation will bring a great deal of enjoyment." We wanted to cool down for the summer. What better way to do that than to go caving? Crystal Cave is a marble cavern located in the Sequoia National Park. It's a guided tour, and there's a half-mile trail down to the cave entrance. The walk is beautiful, though, and there are a number of trees and even some water trickles to admire along the way. Near the cave entrance, there's a nice waterfall area. It's like a two-for-one … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: On Top of the World

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Foodie Friday: Tlayuda

Tried out this tasty Oaxacan dish recently… Tlayuda: giant toasted tortilla with lots of fixings This was not your average tortilla. A large crisp circle, it spanned the size of a personal pizza. I loved the different colors offered up by the black beans, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, and avocados. The winning culinary flavors, though, belonged to the meats: cecina, tasajo, and chorizo. Cecina tasted a bit too dry, but after all, it’s a partially dried meat (typically beef or pork). Tasajo … [Read more...]

BookEnds Author Interview

Hi readers, Please drop by the BookEnds website to check out my interview. It's a nice welcoming gesture on behalf of my new literary agency! http://bookendsliterary.com/2018/07/13/welcome-to-bookends-jennifer-chow/ … [Read more...]

The Getty Villa

"A pleasant surprise is in store for you." The Getty Villa Located in the Pacific Palisades, the Getty Villa boasts beautiful views of the nearby Malibu coastline. Its architecture, though, remains strictly ancient Greece and Rome. (The villa is not to be confused with its sister site, the Getty Center, which houses more modern acquisitions.) Meant to emulate a Roman-style villa, the museum was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. The Getty Villa first opened in 1974. Its … [Read more...]

Number One New Release

Hi All, Just a quick reminder that Brave New Girls: Heroines Who Hack is out now! This anthology of teen heroines has already hit #1 for New Release in Children's Steampunk Books. Pick up a copy for yourself or your favorite adolescent! Proceeds go to the scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: July 4th

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I Got a Literary Agent!

"Do what you love and the necessary resources will follow." This is just a quick post to say that I have a literary agent! I'm super excited to be represented by Jessica Faust at BookEnds. Fun fact: I have a binder of literary agent rejections (est. 2009). … [Read more...]