Odds & Ends – April/May 2018

After my travels these past few months, I was looking forward to catching up on reading, blogging, and getting back on track with my workout routine. In reality, I’ve been viewing apartments and condos, taking care of random errands like getting my car inspected, and now I’ve come down with the plague. On the bright…

Read More

7 FREE Summer Fitness Classes Around DC

In the spirit of life being about *balance* (pun intended), I try to go to workout classes with my friends in place of happy hour or brunch every now and then. Finding free stuff is one of my *strengths *(sorry, couldn’t help it), fitness classes included – but this summer, the city is just making it…

Read More

Taste of Seattle

“Summer” as a young professional is strange. The weather doesn’t quite match, everyone takes their vacations at different times, and there’s this odd feeling of anticipation for some unidentified event that never arrives. For better or for worse, I’ve fallen into a “weekend warrior” pattern. The short trips allow me to travel more and see…

Read More

Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe for no-fail, low-maintenance, bakery-style chocolate chip cookies has literally been on my “to-blog” list for years. I used to whip them up for last minute occasions and just never got around to photographing them. Did you catch a glimpse of that beautiful Ice Blue Kitchenaid mixer in the background though? Yes, I finally did…

Read More

Mother’s Day Recipe Roundup

Mother’s Day sometimes falls on my birthday, and my mom loves to give me a hard time about how I should get her presents on my birthday, instead of the other way around. I like to say that she already got the best Mother’s Day gift ever, 23 years ago today 🙂 Joking aside, one…

Read More

Class of 2018: Graduation Gift Ideas

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since I wrapped up the golden years in Chapel Hill! Seeing this year’s senior pictures and graduation festivities pop up fills me with so much pride for what my newly graduating friends have accomplished, as well as excitement for all the different adventures they have to come….

Read More

Top 10 Taiwan Must-Eats

If I had a dollar for every time I mentioned having family in Taiwan and someone said, “Oh, I love Thai food!” …I would have a lot of dollars. My travels haven’t taken me to Thailand yet, but from what I gather, the two countries have very little in common. They are, however, both warmer…

Read More

Odds & Ends – Feb/March 2018

Anyone have any theories on why February always feels like the longest month of the year even though it’s the shortest? Mine is that February and March are the first full months of work or school after the holidays, with nothing to look forward to until Memorial Day. This year in particular has felt like the…

Read More

Odds & Ends – Dec/Jan 2018

I will start off by admitting that I made zero New Years’ Resolutions, especially not ones related to the blog. I did, however, take on “Drynuary” (dry January) – no alcohol for a month. I’ve never been a heavy drinker, but all those corporate happy hours add up!  Feeling self-conscious about not having a drink…

Read More

4-Day Singapore Stay

I don’t get to travel to the other side of the world to see my grandparents in Taiwan very often, and it’s not every year your company gives you five days off between Christmas and New Years. Considering these factors on top of my dear friend Joycelyn’s new job in Singapore, it was a no-brainer…

Read More

Easy Graham Cracker Toffee Brittle

These days, my motivation to create in the kitchen is next to zero. A huge reason is the clean-up, but another reason I didn’t anticipate is the lack of big groups of hungry people to pass baked goods off to. When you spend most of your time with adults twice your age and your job…

Read More

Foodie Gift Guide 2017

Hello from Singapore, where it’s hot and humid and anything but “beginning to feel a lot like Christmas”! Nevertheless, with the big day less than five days away, I thought I’d put together this last-minute gift guide for any procrastinators out there who might need something under the tree for the foodies in your lives….

Read More