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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… 😉

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. 😀

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. 😀

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. 😀

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. 🙁

Petting Loki


Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 7}

Flowers for the lunar new year, in our new house!

New Year's flowers

I love living somewhere that I can regularly go for runs at the beach.


Gotta have my tagalong.


Salmon don at Tsujita LA. Tasty.

Salmon Don at Tsujita LA

Salted caramel bread pudding a la mode, from B Sweet Dessert Bar. Holy cow, this is soooo good.

Salted caramel bread pudding


Dandelion puff

Sun setting into the ocean.

Vibrant sunset

If I ever say I’m at the bar(re), this is probably what I mean.

Ballet barre

The loveliest little homemade hand pies, from a dear friend. Will you be my valentine?

Hand pie


Links I’ve loved lately:

This is a really cool interactive piece of art – you should definitely take some time and browse through it!


Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 6}

Even though he’s gone now, the “El Pollo Loco for dad’s birthday” (and leftovers a day or two after) tradition lives on.

El Pollo Loco tacos

It’s that time of year!


When Son calls on his way home from the DMV and says, “hey, there’s a Lee’s Sandwiches here, want me to stop and get some banh mi?”, lunch gets that much more awesome.

Banh mi

Current morning habit: ballet warmup first thing in the morning, then milk tea and a warm blanket while I call into meetings.

Milk tea

After a long week of moving, a burger break is a must.

In N' Out Double Double

… two days in a row. (Ssshhhhh….)

Five Guys burger

Seaweed bibimbap. Tasty.

Seaweed bibimbap

Super bowl chili. Obviously, Fritos are a necessity.



Links I’ve loved lately:

This house is pretty nifty.