manger seul

  i’ve spent a lot of time putting together complex recipes & extravagant menus for others – from perfecting a chocolate chip cookie for a boy i fell in love with (down to number of granules of volcanic sea salt i sprinkle on top) to going to barcelona for one day to learn how to […]

delightful star alignments & dirty drinks

A friend introduced me recently to the wonderful merits of a classic dirty martini. The basic recipe for a dirty martini includes: vodka, olive brine, dry vermouth, and a green olive garnish (see following). …though I’ve never been the most keen of basic..recipes. So a few days ago I soaked 6 green olives, a slice […]

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

Did you know that coffee beans are green? (And turn shades of brown once they’re roasted.) I learned that this weekend while playing at-home barista.  The following is a little anecdote about my inspiration… xx Generally, I don’t like to use over-used quotes, but I’ve been pondering a lot about work-life balances, purpose, and roots of […]

Nighttime Americano

throwback to yolanda be cool It was one of those Tuesdays, you know. So I decided to make a special dinner: a hybrid negroni x americano.  Easy peezy orange-squeezy, try it. 5 ingredients you will need: a lovely gin of your choosing; I used Hendrick’s, a Scottish gin that is infused with rose & cucumber Campari a […]

xiao long bao (小籠包) at home

I spent a lot of my day listening to Ginuwine hits from the early 2000s, doing a little vacation-daydreaming, and getting nostalgic about being in Asia on this dreary Sunday; so, I decided to make some soup dumplings (aka 小籠包).  This is my first time making XLBs, and it won’t be the last… Gotta be compatibleeeeee… […]

Easy Gluten-Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal after a long day at work; and to be honest, sometimes, nothing will do the trick like a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs with your favorite glass of wine.  I didn’t grow up with an Italian nonna teaching me how to make this meatball-magic happen, so I decided to […]

UNI ZOODLES

A group of my work pals have been on a very inspiring #healthyliving kick lately; we’ve been encouraging each other with workouts and clean eats.  Everyone got Spiralizers, and I hopped on the bandwagon.  The following are the steps for my easy first zoodle meal (zoodle = zucchini noodle).  It literally takes 15 minutes to prepare.  I’m […]

Coconut Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

CONFESSION: With warmer weather approaching, I’ve been indulging in too much ice cream lately.  So I’ve been looking for some healthier, cool, sweet, and refreshing options and hath concocted the following coconut match chia seed pudding.  It’s so easy, lightly sweetened with a smidgen of honey and perfectly topped with fresh organic blueberries!  Check out […]