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Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 16}

There are a lot of things I adore about our new house, but one of the coolest things is the garden. It had already been very nicely landscaped long before we bought the house, and came with a gardener who knew it well (and thank goodness for that – for we are not quite adult enough to not accidentally kill the entire garden if left to our own devices!)

When we moved in, it was the dead of winter (or, as winter as it gets in LA), so the garden had quite a few bare bushes at the time. But as spring has sprung, the bushes have bloomed, and we’ve discovered we have a bunch of beautiful rosebushes, each producing a different color of rose! It’s so pretty.

And then Son went and had the genius idea to make a bouquet of flowers from our garden for my mom’s birthday. He’s a good one. I think I’ll keep him for a while.

Bouquet of roses from my garden

For mom, her birthday tradition is Numero Uno pizza. (The best.) For dad, it was always El Pollo Loco and hot milk cake. Which makes me wonder… what would mine be? I don’t think I have one, yet. Do you have birthday traditions?

Numero Uno pizza

Bagel, cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, dill.


Have a wonderful week!


Links I’ve loved lately:

I’m definitely not into the whole tiny house thing, but this transforming tiny apartment seems pretty darn cool.


Things I want to eat:

I adore boba milk tea. Pretty sure I would love this bubble tea oatmeal!


Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 15}

Tsujita LA is our favorite ramen place in LA, but my mom had never been there. So of course we had to change that!

Their ramen is fantastic (so is their tsukemen, but that tends to be a bit heavy for me). This time, I added a soft-boiled egg (perfect) and menma (bamboo shoots – theirs is so good!)


We also had Son’s mom visiting, and she brought a TON of food. She brought a couple of “7 course beef” (bò bảy món) dishes, and we made spring rolls. Good stuff.

Spring roll

Son’s spring rolls… generally end up on the overstuffed, sloppy side.

Son's falling-apart spring roll

There are a lot of things I adore about our new house, but one that I’m just beginning to appreciate are the rosebushes that a previous owner had planted. Now that they’ve all started blooming, we’ve discovered that each bush has a different color of roses… and they’re all so beautiful! These orange-pink ones might be my favorite.

Orange-pink rose

Son’s mom also left us with some homemade bánh ít trần (a type of dumplings) that were soooo good. They’re Son’s favorite dish… which means I’m going to have to find a way to get her to teach me!

Bánh ít trần


Links I’ve loved lately:

If you’ve ever watched one of those tiny house shows, this rant is hilarious.

We’re kind of rice cooker fanatics over here, so I found this article about rice cooker fuzzy logic pretty interesting.


Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 11}

Eating healthier is a lot easier when lunch looks like this:

Spinach salmon salad

We had family visiting this week, so healthy eating went out the door *real* quick.

Worth it for this tasty sukiyaki udon at Kagura, though.

Sukiyaki udon

We treated ourselves to M.B. Post in Manhattan Beach for our guest’s birthday. So much deliciousness.

Their bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits are TO DIE FOR. Especially with the maple butter that comes with it! So good.

Bacon cheddar biscuits

There’s a good reason these are called “fee fi fo fum fries”…

Fee fi fo fum fries

Roasted brussels sprouts with emmental, hazelnuts, sage. It’s vegetables so it’s good for you, right?

Brussels sprouts

Steamed mussels with green curry, Chinese sausage, and coriander rice. Quite delicious.

Green curry mussels

Pan-roasted Wild Ling Cod, with bacon butter, maitake mushrooms, agrodulce onions.

Wild ling cod

BBQ Moroccan lamb belly, with harissa caramelized onions, Japanese eggplant. Essentially lamb-y pork belly. Soooo good.

Lamb belly

Chai tea soft serve in a brioche beignet, with orange tapioca and caramel. We almost didn’t get dessert… luckily we did, because this was one of our favorite dishes of the meal!

Chai tea soft serve


Our new house has an avocado tree, and the avocados are HUGE! We hear this means it’s time to pick them, but… we don’t have a ladder. Yet.

So this is the only one we’ve been able to get our hands on so far, just because it fell on its own. Dragon egg!

Huge avocado

Taco time! Scrambled eggs with beans, vegetarian sausage, Mexican cheese, salsa, avocado. Tasty, filling, mostly healthy… all the things I want in a breakfast.

Breakfast tacos

I found a slug.


I think I got a pregnant bell pepper…

Baby bell pepper

My salad for our weekly Sunday dinner: arugula, spinach, white beans, pine nuts, capers, pear, cranberries, balsamic dressing. Turned out pretty darn tasty.


The balsamic dressing, pre-shake.

Salad dressing, pre-shake

We had pies for Pi(e) Day! Of course.

My brother’s girlfriend made the most AMAZING curry pot pies, based on this recipe from Use Real Butter. So freaking delicious.

Curried chicken pot pies

Mom made waffled apple pie (yum).

Waffled apple pie

AND she also made her classic apple pies, but in cute small pans. So good.

Apple pie

Happy Pi Day!


Things I want to eat:

I really, really like potato on pizza. Especially when caramelized onions and a yummy sauce are involved.

Really want to try these curried chickpeas.

I adore boba milk tea, Son loves flan, so obviously we’d love milk tea flan with boba!

Curry pan are my weakness.

Really intrigued by this turmeric latte. I’m not sure about this whole turmeric drink trend, but at the same time this does sound like it might be really tasty. I’ll let you know if I try it!

Very much want a slice of this gigantic cinnamon toast crunch.


Friday Fridgg Favorites

{photo credit: inthemoodforfood}

a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

two words: savory. macarons. with lox and bagel flavorings, no less. who would’ve ever thought? obviously, Philip is a genius. {Baking Fanatic}

today was a rainy day in LA, and I was so badly craving a mug of this creme brulee hot chocolate! {SugarHero!}

this chicken. to diiieeeee for. {Deliciously Simple NOM Recipes}

such pretty little cheesecake bites. {Kitchen Sanctuary}

anything involving potatoes, bacon, and eggs is always my jam. {Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen}

these strawberry shortcake cupcakes are so pretty! {Veronika’s Kitchen}

love the look of these beautiful blueberry coconut panna cottas {Vegan Heaven}

this smoky beef and bacon bolognese sounds amazing {Wandercooks}

i’ve really been into bean salads lately, and this version looks so tasty! {Wandercooks}

i adore char siu, so i’m really intrigued by this slow cooker version! {Krumpli}

chocolate and peanut butter, always and forever {Magnolia Days}

elegant, delicious-looking pineapple cookies {Accidental Happy Baker}

lately, loving snacking on chocolatey granola. maybe it’s time to make my own? {In the Mood for Food}

i think i need a pasta night, asap – so i can try out this tasty-looking tomato and red pepper sauce {Salt & Lavender}

always adore japanese curry {Meg is Well}

such a pretty slice of key lime pie! {The Unlikely Baker}

love the styling of these tasty tostadas {This is How I Cook}

hello, beautiful cookies, why yes I’ll take a few {The Endless Meal}

absolutely adore all the flavors in this thai chopped salad {The Endless Meal}

these lamb meatballs sound utterly devine {Taste and See}

love, love, love these japanese grilled beef rolls! {Wandercooks}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!

Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 5}


Moving out. Finally done with apartments!


Our new house has the most beautiful roses… not to mention the most awesome view.

Office view