Trip to Bali: Rice paddies, coffee and food for the soul

Rice paddies of Ubud

*Note: Most of the photos in this post were taken by my talented and loving husband, Guillaume.* Last January, I booked a quick getaway to Bali as my “birthday trip.” The time finally came when I boarded the plane for our Balinese getaway with loads of insect repellant, sunglasses and sundresses in tow. I was … Continue reading

Eating My Way Through Japan

Blossoms in my favorite hue

Visiting Japan during the cherry blossom season has long been an ambition of mine. However, only now that I live in Asia, did it actually seem feasible. When I noticed last September that we had back-to-back holidays (Ching Ming and Easter) resulting in four straight days off of work AND coinciding perfectly with cherry blossom … Continue reading

Thanksgiving in Hong Kong

Turkey from Magnolia

Thanksgiving in Hong Kong will never be the same as gathering around a table with family and friends back home. This year, my husband and I may have been thousands of miles from home, but we were able to enjoy quite the delicious Thanksgiving feast with friends. Thanks to 3 Star Backer, we gathered at … Continue reading

Thai Cuisine

Green Chicken Curry

My parents recently came to visit from the U.S. and we took a quick 6-day trip to Phuket during their stay in Asia. It was my first time to Thailand and I couldn’t wait to eat Thai food at every meal. I have an unhealthy obsession with Thai food, to be honest. Anytime a colleague … Continue reading

New Flickr Photos!

Since moving to Hong Kong from San Francisco in April, I’ve really slowed down (okay, stopped) chronicling my food adventures in the kitchen. And yet, I have enjoyed so many wonderful food experiences since moving to Asia that have opened my eyes to a new world of culinary arts. From our excursions around Hong Kong … Continue reading

Beautiful Roses: Inspiration for the new year


After the holidays, when the Christmas tree comes down and lights that once brightened the cold wintry nights seem to fade, it’s important to keep some inspiration close to heart. Surprisingly, when I turned to the Flower Mart and grocery stores between mid-December to the first week of January, I found little to no life … Continue reading

Flower Arrangement: November 13, 2010

Flowers: Kale, Hydrangea, Carnations and Ranunculus

I made another visit to one of my favorite places in San Francisco this weekend – the flower mart. After wandering around looking for inspiration for about 20 minutes (and dragging my poor husband around behind me), I found myself drawn to the various types of kale over any of the actual flowers on sale. … Continue reading

Flower Arrangement: November 7, 2010

Flower Arrangement: November 7, 2010

I recently got home from three weeks straight of traveling for work. It’s sad how quickly household chores and life can overwhelm you once you’ve been gone for a week or two or three. Short on time this weekend, I picked up a store-bought bouquet of Gerbera daisies and pulled out my short rectangular vase. … Continue reading

Flower Arrangement: October 2, 2010

Arranging flowers is a hobby of mine. Today, I went to the flower mart and picked up some beautiful dahlias, which served as my inspiration for the bouquet. With hints of orange, purple and yellow, I matched the dahlias with roses, calla lilies and orchids. This bouquet signals the beginning of fall by pulling in … Continue reading

Flower Arrangement: September 25, 2010

Flower Arrangement: 25 September 2010

I’ve always had this secret desire to become a florist. While planning my wedding, I had the chance to think about flowers more than I ever had before. Though I seriously considered making my own flower arrangements, knowing the stress and potential chaos that might bring, I ultimately decided to go with a wholesale florist. … Continue reading