10.31.2013

Visuals | Dots


Polka dots reminds me of being a child when wearing polka dotted dresses were normal. I personally cannot pull off any polka dot clothing but from far away the dress looks completely different. I have to say, colorful polka dots do add some happiness to my daily life, and I think I have fallen in love with those cups (if only).

Curtain | Cupcake | Journal | Cups | iPhone | Bedsheet

10.29.2013

Edibles | Japanese Potato Salad


Looking for a lighter potato salad not drenched in mayonnaise? Try this Japanese Potato Salad recipe found from Lovely Lavin's website! Slight adjustments were made, but this is my go to Japanese potato recipe. It's incredibly simple to follow!

ingredients
1 purple potato
1 golden potato
1 Japanese cucumber
1/2 medium sized onion
1 carrot
Kewpie mayonnaise
sea salt
black pepper
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbs white sugar

directions
peel off the potato skin and cut the potato into quarter size
bring a pot of water to boil and add the potato
let the potato cook until completely soft (test it with a fork)
take the potatoes out and drain them

thinly slice the cucumber
dice the onion
sprinkle both the cucumber and onion with sea salt
wrap the onion and cucumber in a paper towel and squeeze out the water

dice the carrot
bring another pot of water to boil and add the carrot
drain the carrot and set aside

place the cooked potato in a bowl and mash with a fork
mix the rice vinegar and sugar together in a bowl and pour over the potato
mix well
add the onions, cucumber and carrots and mix well
slowly combine in the mayonnaise dependent on personal taste (roughly 1/3 cup of mayonnaise)
add some ground pepper and mix well
chill in the refrigerator and serve when chilled

10.28.2013

Luncheons | good days [好好], Taichung, Taiwan


A follow-up post about good days, definitely give their food a try! Their bread was amazing (super soft bread) and their butter pesto is INCREDIBLE. I was glad they had the Rosewater Spritzer cause it was really delicious and seemed simple enough to make at home! Overall the ambiance and indoor decorations were super amazing. It really reminded me of the States and I was glad that Taiwan was starting to step it up!

Left Top | Rice Milk
Left Bottom | Satisfied (Meal A)
Middle Top | Relax (Meal A)
Middle Bottom | Relax (Meal B)
Right Middle | Rosewater Spritzer
Right Bottom | Latte
good days
No. 232, Chaofu Rd, Xitun District, Taichung TW 407
website
mon - sun 8:30am - 9pm

10.26.2013

Oasis | good days [好好], Taichung, Taiwan


On a recent trip to Taiwan I found time to go to a great brunch place called good days. Similar to many cafe's we see here in the States it seems that growing your garden is definitely a global trend. Furthermore they also sell adorable trinkets and items at the front of the cafe and have gardens in the front and back of the store! They are a branch of the Lavender Cottage that has been known for the amazing space in Taiwan. If you get a chance to be in Asia, don't forget to stop by here for a feel of home.

good days
No. 232, Chaofu Rd, Xitun District, Taichung, TW 407
website

10.24.2013

Visuals | Watercolor


I couldn't find where some of the pictures were from, so please let me know if the picture belongs to you. It seemed that Pinterest had some link issues.

My favorite drawing technique (aside from pastels) is watercolor. It seems easy but is actually quite difficult. I love how you can utilize water and color to create a picture that seems almost fading. I also love layering the colors, it's always so beautiful.

10.23.2013

Edibles | Rice with Salmon and Edamame


A really simple dish that you can just leave in the rice cooker while doing other chores is this rice with salmon with edamame dish. This is an alteration from No Recipe's Salmon Oyako Wappa Meshi. The items that No Recipe requested was out of budget for me and so I opted for something more budget friendly. Give the below recipe a try!

ingredients
2 cups of rice

1/4 cup of sake
1 piece of salmon
1 cup of edamame

directions

rinse out the rice and add 1/4 cup of sake
let the rice sit for about 1 hr
after 1 hr start the rice cooker with your typical ratio
meanwhile cut the salmon into thin slices and set aside
boil a pot of water and cook the edamame
take the edamame out of the shell
when the rice cooker clicks to steam, place the slices of salmon on top of the bed of rice
close the lid quickly and let the salmon steam for about 20 minutes
once the salmon looks light pink, move the salmon to the side and mix the rice with the edamame
serve immediately!

10.19.2013

Luncheons | Cibo & Paletas Betty, Arizona


Another two locations I recommend in Arizona is Cibo and Paletas Betty. At Cibo the Di Notte pizza is slightly on the oily side but the Capri salad is amazing! Also there is patio seating at Cibo so at night it would be a great romantic place to take someone. The dinner menu also looked incredible.

As for dessert, Paletas Betty's zarzamora (blackberry and lavender) was super delicious. A great way to beat the heat in Arizona!

Cibo
603 N 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003
website
mon 11am - 9pm
tue - thu 11am - 10pm
fri & sat 11am - 11pm
sun 9am - 2pm

Paletas Betty
96 W Boston Street, Ste 100, Chandler, AZ 85225
website
mon - thu & sun 11am - 10pm
fri - sat 11am - 11pm

10.18.2013

Oasis | Sea Life Aquarium, Arizona


Apologies for the dark colored pictures as these pictures were taken with my trusty iPhone. These are some of the pictures from Sea Life Aquarium in Arizona. Oddly this aquarium is located in the mall (maybe to attract more visitors to the mall?) and wasn't that bad at all. The gift shop was the best part (hello sea life cookie cutters!). Give this place a try if just need a break from all the hustle and bustle of shopping and want to just keeping swimming like Dory.

10.17.2013

Visuals | Flowers


I've been seeing a lot of flowers being incorporated into food items, especially ice cubes. Somehow, the ice cubes makes the flower seem even more delicate! The entire dish looks more lively with these splashes of color. Will I ever make these? Probably not. I'm not too sure how I would feel about having flowers in my food, but it definitely is fun to look at!

10.16.2013

Edibles | Asparagus, Avocado & Tomatoes with Wasabi Mayonnaise


Although summer has come to an end and it is already fall, if you are still looking for something delicious try this asparagus, avocado & tomatoes salad! It has a great dressing (wasabi mayonnaise) and it is super delicious! Recipe has be adjusted from here.

ingredients
1 bunch of asparagus (cut off the bottom parts)
1 avocado
1 Japanese tomato (or heirloom tomato)
4 tbs Kewpie mayonnaise
1 tsp wasabi
salt/pepper

directions
boil water in a pot and cook the asparagus until bright green
drain asparagus and wash under cold water
cut the asparagus sideways in half
put the chopped avocado in the dressing mixture and mix well
put the dressing mixture on top of the asparagus lined on the plate
chop up the tomatoes to desirably size and toss on top of the asparagus and avocado

dressing
in a bowl mix together the mayonnaise and wasabi
add some salt & pepper to taste

10.04.2013

Luncheons | Cartel Coffee Lab, Arizona


If you need a refreshing beverage before heading out in the heat, give Cartel Coffee Lab a try! I wish I had more time to sit and try the delicious pastries (see top left corner) but sadly we were on a tight schedule. The coffee was delicious and definitely made to order. The decor was also incredibly cute for a nice coffee date!

Cartel Coffee Lab
1 N 1st street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
website
mon - fri 6:30am - 4pm
sat 7am - 4pm

10.03.2013

Oasis | Sedona, Arizona


If you find a chance to go to Arizona (regardless of any reason) definitely give Sedona a try. Although some may feel that is is mostly just "rocks" and whatnot, it is a really gorgeous place to view all the various rocks. Definitely go to the Chapel of the Holy Cross which will give you an entire view of the Sedona Rocks. It was so breathtaking in a different way that nothing in the world would be able to change how I feel about Arizona. I haven't been to Grand Canyon, but just the ability to know that the rocks are surrounding me as opposed to me looking down is really a big difference.

10.01.2013

Visuals | Pearls


Pearls have a soothing effect for me. It glistens the surrounding colors in its clarity. Just soothing...