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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 10}

Dew drops.

Dew on a leaf

Homemade manju. SO GOOD.


My go-to lip balm is no longer being made, so I’ve been searching around for something new. Most lip balms feel funky on my lips, until I found EOS! I may or may not have gone slightly overboard…


Kale and brussels sprouts salad that Vivian made. Very tasty.

Kale and brussels sprouts salad

Attempting to eat more protein, so breakfast these days is two fried eggs, two vegetarian sausage patties, and a slice of toast. Not bad.


Of course, when I have to fast for routine bloodwork, all bets are off. Breakfast burritos are a post doctor’s appointment tradition.

Breakfast burrito

This tree was so vibrantly red, I just had to take a picture.

Red tree


Things I want to eat:

My dad really, really wanted to try chilaquiles after hearing about them from a friend. He never got to (and I’ve never had them either), so I’m thinking I need to try out this recipe sometime soon?

Miso, pork belly, noodles. All the good stuff.

Potato garlic soup. Comfort food.

So badly want to eat these coconut curry chickpeas with wilted greens.

This white bean soup popped up in my feed this week and I really want to make it – I have all the ingredients!

This sounds like a tasty, satisfying meal.

Intrigued by miso eggplant in gyoza.

Fried fish, tasty sauce, lettuce wraps, yum.

I’ve never had a bubble and squeak, but it sounds so tasty.

Bacon, potato, cheese, bread. I mean, obviously.


Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 9}

My aunt and uncle that we visited last week sent us home with a box of these Rustic Bakery cheese coins. Can you say “addicted”?

Rustic Bakery cheese coins

Hello, old friends.

Pointe shoes

Banh tet (a rice roll filled with pork belly and mung bean paste that’s often eaten around the Lunar New Year).

Banh tet

My current go-to easy lunch.

Avocado bean salad

Son found these and made me put them on while I was cutting onions. I gotta say, they do help… even if it does make me look ridiculous… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Allison wearing goggles to cut onions

Made this garlic and herb vegan cheese for our first family Sunday dinner in our new house. It was a win!

Garlic herb vegan cheese spread


Links I’ve loved lately:

I love this article about long-term romance.


Things I want to eat:

Sweet potato fries, crispy beans, garlic tahini cream sauce. All the delicious things.


Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 8} {Bay Area edition}

BRB, going for a run.

Going for a run

Lifeguard tower at sunset.

Lifeguard tower at sunset

Vegan dark chocolate raspberry cup. Guilty pleasure.

Raspberry chocolate

Ca phe sua da. AKA, Allison’s going to be WIRED the rest of the day.

Ca phe sua da

Back to the Bay Area for another business trip, back to our favorite Vietnamese restaurant for curry. ๐Ÿ˜€

Ca ri ga

And of course, Son’s bun bo hue.

Bun bo hue

Boiling Crab with coworkers. Appetizers galore.

Boiling Crab

Alll the shrimp.


Sushirrito! I expected it to be totally gimmicky, but it was actually really good.


Business trips to the Bay Area mean visits with family, if possible.

And visits with our Bay Area family mean lots, and lots, and lots of delicious food. ๐Ÿ˜€

Xiao long bao

Excellent xiao long bao (soup dumplings) (possibly the best I’ve ever had!) and lots of other Chinese food with my relatives and some of their friends.

Pork belly bao

Delicious doughnuts from Doughnut Dolly.

Doughnut Dolly

Also, a brand of kombucha that is sadly only available in the Bay Area. I didn’t think I’d like kombucha, but this was pretty darn tasty. Son’s kind of addicted.

Jelly-filled doughnut

I’ve never been a tea person, but now I’m kind of addicted to the tea you get with Chinese meals. So good.


Fried oysters.

Fried oysters

Crispy duck. This is what we came here for.

Crispy duck


Crispy duck skin crepe

All sorts of deliciousness.

Have I mentioned there were only four of us? We always order WAY too much food. Not that I’m complaining. ๐Ÿ˜€

Various foods

A noodle dish called “ants on a tree”.

This was the surprise winner of the meal. I mean, that crispy duck was amazing, but I couldn’t stop going back for more of these noodles.

Ants on a tree (noodles)

Pork belly.

Pork belly

Clams. I was stuffed by then, but Son really liked these.


This is the calmest I’ve ever seen their dog. The poor guy is a little under the weather. ๐Ÿ™

Petting Loki