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15 Jan

I’ve been obsessed with egg tofu since I had it at a dimsum
place near my house last year. Here I’ve breaded it in rice flour
and fried it, then tossed it with a chicken and vegetable stir

Ginger ain’t just a hair color

22 Dec

Season’s greetings!  I checked out the annual “Gingerbread Lane” at the Hyatt Vancouver hotel recently. I’ve always had a fascination with building things, which goes back to my Lego loving days (aka to this very day), and given that gingerbread houses are pretty much edible Lego, I absolutely love making gingerbread houses.

There was no time to make a house this year, but here’s a blurry image of one from 2008:

I was pretty proud of my pretzel balcony and Crunch bar door, but the displays at “Gingerbread Lane” kicked my gingerbread Lego butt. For one, these aren’t even dinky houses anymore. The top one was from the secondary school division and the bottom picture is from the kids at Vancouver Community College (aka THE PROS)

And when you get down to it, it really is all about the details. I love the cyclops chicken and kind of hope that his one-eyedness was done on purpose.

Maybe next Christmas, I’ll find a Mr. Miyagi to my Gingerbread Kid, and upgrade to some gingerbread mansion real estate…

Expect the Unexpected

21 Dec

Whether it’s the season of giving or any other day of the week, you really just never know what one small action to you will mean to another person. On Twitter last week, I gave a shout out to my two favorite bloggers of the moment (you should follow them too cuz they’re awesome)- @TheAnthology and @amyblogschow.

Only a few hours later, while doing my routine check of Amy’s blog to see what’s new, I saw MY face and the tweet I sent out! Amy wrote about how she was having a less than stellar day, and that seeing my tweet helped to brighten her mood. What an unexpectedly cool way to feel good about social media.

So, what small thing have you done to cheer someone up today?

I Think I’m Turning Japanese

14 Dec

If you live in the city of Vancouver, B.C., then you’re familiar with the infamously delicious Japadog. If not, I feel sorry for you. Truly I do. Because you’ve never bitten into and savored an Oroshi (below) or a Terimayo. Come to Vancouver, send me a message and we’ll fix that right up.


Sugar Rush

14 Dec

It’s been a week since my Holiday Cookie Exchange, and being the diligent food blogger that I am, I ate my way through my 20 cookies in order to accurately report the best cookie of the bunch- Yup, so long bikini bod. Hello, sugar addiction.

And, here’s the winner: A butter cookie wreath, drenched in red sugar drizzled with white icing and topped with festive green and red sprinkles. Did I mention this cookie bribed me with the addition of a sugar cookie Christmas tree?

God, I love the holidays

Drink and Be Merry

8 Dec

I went to the Fine Finds/Vasanji Holiday Party last week and couldn’t get enough of this lovely drink concocted with champagne and Wild Hibiscus Flowers in syrup:

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Taco Time

3 Dec

Cold days not only have me reaching for my mittens and wool scarves, but also foods that remind me of warmer days. Enter the Mexican fiesta…

Tomato salsa with corn and a kick of jalapeno

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