4th of July

grilled corn

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We spent the weekend with my family in San Jose. Here’s the spread I made with the help of my husband on the grill. Also, my brother made the pasta salad and a herb and fish sauce marinated chicken. On the menu: – grilled corn with garnishes of green onions, cilantro, lime wedges, and Sriracha mayo – herb and fish sauce marinated chicken breast skewers and chicken thighs – pineapple bacon chicken skewers – veggie skewers (no close-up pics) – grilled marinated tofu (no close-up pics) – shrimp skewers – grilled steak – pasta salad   We went to see Inside Out later in the evening. It was so funny and exceeded my.. Read More

Mikkeller Bar

chicken yakitori sausage

Mikkeller Bar. Good friends, good food, and good drinks. ‘Nuff said. Well, okay. Maybe a few little details about Mikkeller. First off, their labels are super cool — just look at them. Mikkeller is a microbrewery company in Copenhagen that was founded in 2006 by two home brewers Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller. (Can you see how the name Mikkeller came about?) They do not operate an official brewery, but guest brews at other breweries and bottle. Hence, they are called a “gypsy brewery” or “phantom brewery.” I would describe their beer as avante-garde, since the brewers are constantly exploring and experimenting with different types of beer and ingredients. They produce over 100 different types of beer in the past.. Read More

Farmers Market to Plate #2

fruits and veggies

Here we are. My second farmers market post with some of the dishes I made from the items I pick up there. I’m still figuring out how I want to structure these post so bear with me — suggestions are welcomed, let me know what you like to see. However, my overall goal is to get you to stop by your local farmers market, see what is in season, cook more, and cook seasonally. Once you eat fruits and veggies that are in season, you’ll see how much better they taste. I went to the Ferry Building’s farmers market again and visited the same vendors I showcase in my first post. Heirloom Organic Gardens are seriously one of my favorite.. Read More

Snack Review: June

June snacks

It’s the end of the month, and it’s time for our monthly snack rounded-up! My friend Allison ask me to review some vegan snacks for her, so I noted which ones were vegan. Let me know, if there’s anything you would like me to review in the future, and I’ll gladly do it. 1. Oishi Potato Fries – Tomato Ketchup flavor I found a bunch of Filipino snacks by the brand Oishi at Marina market in Union City. I love browsing the snack aisle of Asian grocery stores because you find the most interesting selections. These potato fries are baked, but they still are pretty greasy to the touch. The tomato ketchup flavor pretty much explains itself — tomato tasting.. Read More

Sister, Sister Time in the Inner Richmond

acai bowl and pastries

I did a little exploring with my sister in the Inner Richmond the other week. Funny thing was, I didn’t think the area we were in was considered the Inner Richmond because I always thought it started at Arguello and went farther west into the avenues while bordering Geary Blvd and the Presidio – map here. However, I was wrong. Usually, when I go to the Inner Richmond, I just head to Clement St. or around Geary Blvd (in the avenues) for the Asian markets and really good restaurants. So it was nice to stroll along the areas near University of San Francisco. The area was so quaint and filled lots of cute single-family homes. Here are couple of the.. Read More

Summer Wardrobe

on the beach

SUMMER is officially here! It was summer solstice on Sunday. In most places of the United States, people are frolicking in dresses and shorts. Although it was mostly chilly and gloomy this spring (and now June gloom) in San Francisco, we do get some hours of sun here and there when the fog lifts. Or, when we leave San Francisco, the surrounding cities are usually in the 80s–90s. In addition, summer weekend trips for some fun in the sun and on the beach like we did last weekend to L.A — post to come on the blog soon! Here are a few pieces I’ve added to my summer wardrobe. I love stripes! Given an opportunity to add another striped item.. Read More

TJ’s Product Review: Pastrami Style Smoked Salmon

lox bagel

I discovered Trader Joe’s had a new pastrami style smoked salmon last month. I’m not huge a pastrami fan, but I thought I’ll give it a try. I really, really love smoked salmon, and you got to try things at least once. Surely, I’m glad I did because it was DELICIOUS. The salmon is soft and buttery, and the pastrami crust seasoning gave it bold flavors with a slight sweetness. Each bag is 4 ounces for $4.99 which comes out to be $19.96/lb. Verdict: YAY! Naturally, I made open-faced lox bagels with my find. The whole plate was filled with everything from Trader Joe’s — except the bagel was from Posh Bagels. I have to note that Trader Joe’s whipped.. Read More

Mt. Tam x Priime

mt tam ocean

Back in March, our friends at Priime launched their app to the public. Priime is a photo editing app – currently on iPhone only. The team worked with a bunch of great photographers to curate each filter for a unique and personal look. Since I primarily use my iPhone to take pictures for my blog, I use Priime to edit them; it just makes it easier for me to get content out quickly. A few things I like about Priime: 1. You don’t have to import your photos into a folder. 2. The app can make filter suggestions base off the colors it picks up from your photos. 3. Your photos don’t get compressed so the quality is remained in tack… Read More

Tokyo Banana!

In 1991, the Grapestone Company started manufacturing and selling these banana-shaped sponge cake with banana pudding in the center called Tokyo Banana. Apparently, the company thought the banana flavor would appeal to male and females of all ages. Since then, they have made a variety of other flavors. They are dubbed the souvenir sweet of Tokyo. Sadly, these pillow of banana goodness aren’t sold in the U.S. because they don’t have preservatives. They have a shelf life of only 12 days. This is something you would like to eat before the “best-by date”. It does make a huge difference to the texture of the cake – its get drier. I was lucky enough to have a friend go to Japan recently.. Read More

Raw Vegan Lasagna

raw lasagna

As promised, here’s the breakdown of my raw vegan lasagna – no recipe. I do apologize. I’m not a recipe maker nor do I follow recipes. I’m going to post some links at the end of the post of some recipes that I think are great and close to how I made mine. I just hope this post will inspire you to make it or at least something new and similar with local seasonal produces for the spring/summer. (My farmers market post last week featuring it.) A little backstory how I came about making raw lasagna – not being on a raw or vegan diet. Well, several years ago, my lovely friend Robin of Vegan Dollhouse proposed a group of.. Read More