Edibles | Salmon & Soba in Ginger Broth

The city is starting to become chilly with the cold weather. Here is a simple recipe to make some salmon in ginger broth with soba noodles adapted from Food & Wine's recipe!

1 pack soba
dashi stock (2 - 3 cups)
1 tbp soy sauce
ground ginger spice
1 carrot
shiitake mushroom
enoki mushroom
1 salmon fillet
1 bunch spinach leaves

in a large pot, cook soba with the directions on the packet
in a medium saucepan, cook the dashi stock, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and dash of ginger spice and bring to low simmer
add in some chopped spinach ends and sliced salmon fillet and let simmer for about 10 minutes
add in the carrots to cook fully through (another 5 minutes)
add in the enoki and shiitake mushrooms to the broth until everything is fully cooked (roughly 10 more minutes to ensure complete softness)
scoop into bowl some soba and top with salmon and broth


Luncheons | Juliette Kitchen & Bar, Newport Beach

I recommend going to Juliette Kitchen if you are ever at Newport Beach after a trip to Fashion Island. Although we all stick with small plates I had to say it was worth it. It was like trying out tapa dishes!

[Top Row] pork cheeks | drink | farro risotto | pimm's cup
[Bottom Row] bramble| grilled peaches | affogato + sea salt chocolate chip cookie | grilled prawns

Juliette Kitchen & Bar
1000 Bristol Street
N Ste. 11
Newport Beach, CA 92660
mon 11am - 930pm
tue - thu 11am - 10pm
fri 11am - 1030pm
sat 4pm - 1030pm


Oasis | Legoland, San Diego

My favorite spot at Legoland would be the musical instrument section. The creations were incredibly cute and they were also ale to play music and spray out water! I know I sound like a kid, but seriously, these legos were pretty darn amazing.


Visuals | Flower Fashion

Given the recent Victoria's Secret Model Fashion Show to watch here, I was impressed by how low key this year's million dollar bra was! Nonetheless, what other perfect way to embrace the long forgotten flower items that used to embellish our fashion statements.


Edibles | Poached Salmon & Egg on Kale

Want a healthier version of salmon instead of the baking or the frying? Try this poached salmon with egg for an twist to the classic salmon eggs benedict adapted from Yukari Elliot's recipe.

2 leaves of kale
salmon fillet
2 eggs
mayonnaise (kewpie mayonnaise)

add 1 cup of water to a pan and bring to low simmer
add 3 tablespoons of sake and let the water and sake simmer for a few minutes
place the salmon in the pan and let the salmon poach until bright pink
meanwhile cook the kale leaves (stem removed) in a pot of boiling water
take out the kale leaves once it turns bright green
place the kale leaves (either entire piece or chopped) onto plate
while the salmon is poaching mix together 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise with wasabi (about 1 tablespoon)
when the salmon is done poaching remove the skin carefully
crack 1 egg open and poach in the pan for 8 - 10 minutes
remove the outer whites of the egg
place the salmon on top of the kale and the egg on top of the salmon
drizzle with the wasabi mayonnaise mixture


Luncheons | Nick's Laguna Beach & Gelato Paradiso

A place to get a quick bite (careful there are long waits during the weekend) is Nick's Laguna Beach. A very laid back American restaurant that has some really delicious deviled eggs that are fried! After Nick's, stroll down the alleyway and you will find yourself some really delicious geltato to try!

[Top Row] Mac & Cheese | Salty Pear | Fried Deviled Eggs | Prime Rib Dip
[Bottom Row] Arnold Palmer | Blackened Halibut Sandwich | Pistachio + Cookies n Creme | Mixed Berry + Raspberry

Nick's Laguna Beach
440 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
mon - thu 11am - 11pm
fri 11am - 12am
sat 7:30am - 12am
sun 7:30am - 10pm

Gelato Paradiso
448 S Coast Hwy, Ste A, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
mon - thu 11am - 9pm
fri - sat 11am - 11pm
sun 11am - 10pm


Oasis | Laguna Beach

Another great beach to visit in Southern California is Laguna Beach. Although it is getting colder as winter is drawing near, the beach is still a great place to visit. My favorite would have to be One Thousand Steps Beach. Although it takes literally 1000 steps (I think...) going down was a breeze but getting back up was definitely hard. Make sure you park on the side of the street before looking for the beach, the pathway is slightly hard to see (right between houses) so you might miss it when driving by!

Visuals | Seaglass Jewelry

Sea glass necklaces has always been so soothing to look at. These were some that I found through Etsy and just wanted to share with anyone. I personally do not own any, but given that I've tried look for sea glass without much success, it makes these jewelry one of a kind.

Edibles | Stovetop Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Try this delicious stovetop mac and cheese adapted from White on Rice's recipe!

1 1/2 cup of seashell pasta
1 cup of low fat milk
2 tablespoon butter
grated parmesan and cheddar cheese

heat up 1 cup of low fat milk to a simmer
meanwhile cook the broccoli in hot water and drain
and the seashell pasta into the milk and simmer for 10 minutes
add 2 tablespoon of butter and stir continuously until the butter is completely melted
add some salt and nutmeg
continue to let the pasta simmer for about 20 minutes (add more milk if necessary)
stir the cooked broccoli nito the mixture
stir in the cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese until well mixed
serve immediately


Luncheons | Pinococo, Taichung, Taiwan

As promised, a follow-up post about Pinococo. Most of the dishes I felt was okay (Providence has spoiled me for life), but I have to say their Mushroom Risotto although a tad on the sweet side was surprisingly delicious! The beer was definitely a good choice too as it seems exotic beer is a lot more difficult to get in Asia nowadays.

[Top Row] Seafood Spaghetti | Chicken and Mushroom Spaghetti | Mushroom Risotto | German Beer
[Bottom Row] Mussels in Wine Sauce | German Beer | Chicken and Margherita Pizza | Beef Salad

No. 273, Section 2, Gongyi Rd, Nantun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 408
mon - sun 11:30am - 10:30pm


Oasis | Pinococo, Taichung, Taiwan

Another adorable place to enjoy the ambiance is Pinococo in Taichung. Pinococo derives from Pino (meaning boy) and Coco (meaning girl). A follow-up post will be made on the delicious food but meanwhile, the place is adorably decorated and who can beat a moasic made oven? Sadly there weren't an actual bar which I think would make this place the perfect spot for new couples.

No. 273, Section 2, Gongyi Rd, Nantun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 408