Category Archives: food

my pre-summer vacation

Back in mid-May, I went on a 3-week vacation with O to Vietnam and Japan. It was his first time in Vietnam, my first time meeting his dad AND our first long international trip alone together. No pressure, right? :) Nah, we had such a blast (despite a few mishaps here and there). It was definitely a food trip for us. We (well, mainly me) made a list of all the food and/or places we wanted to eat in each location we stayed at. And needless to say, we almost hit 10 out of 10 spots. The weather was great most of the time (we caught the beginning of the raining season), and we got to enjoy some beautiful beaches in both countries. It’s been over a month since we came back and I’m STILL craving/missing the food we ate, especially in Japan.

Below are some photos I took (I decided not to bring my DLSR this time and took everything on my iPhone 4s). For the rest of the photos from the trip, click here. You will see that 90% of my photos were of the food we ate. Can’t you tell that I want to become a foodie? :-)

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vietnam 2012

My two weeks trip to Vietnam was relaxing, satisfying and a whole lot better this time around. I was filled with great food, the beach, cheap massages, hot weather and good company. But, boy do I hate flying!

See more photos.

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disparity project

Disparity, by Christopher Boffoli

I just had to smile, ooh/aah-ed and be entertained when I saw the work of Christopher Boffoli with his Disparity Project {via Awesome Robo}. Miniatures are always so fun to see, and these photographs are not ones to go without noticing.

What’s your favorite?

Oh, and his other photography works/projects are also impressive and worth taking a second look (I also love his Tilt Shift photos). See more here.

Thanks N. for showing this to me!

{All images from Christopher Boffoli}

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cod teriyaki w/ ginger scallion noodles


{Image from Pick Yin}

Here’s another great noodles recipe for you this week {from Life is Great}.

Instead of re-posting the steps on my blog (like before), I’ve decided to let you check out the original recipe {and view more photos of this dish} for yourself.

Be prepared to drool. :-)

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issian {a food review}


{1. shiitake mushrooms 2. HUGE tuna collar 3. duck no robatayaki = BEST duck dish I’ve ever had}

When I was asking around for their favorite sushi/japanese place in Seattle, my friend Stacy recommended Issian {one of her all-time favorite places to eat}. So N. and I decided to go there for my birthday on Friday.

Well, I was not disappointed (except for the octopus w/ wasabi salad). And my absolute favorites are their sashimi and duck robatayaki. I’m definitely going back to try more things on their menu (plus more duck)!

In a nutshell?

+ fresh sashimi
+ good kushiyaki
+ cheap prices
+ great service

{Photos from my Flickr}

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green tea soba w/ wild mushrooms

So you might have noticed my tiny obsession with soba noodles. It’s okay, right? Soba is so healthy + delicious…how can I not be? Well, since I’ve been wanting to try green tea soba noodles, I found this simple {another 5 easy steps!} recipe.

Green Tea Soba Noodles w/ Wild Mushrooms

1-7 oz pack of green tea soba noodles (cha soba)
1 small bunch of chives, chopped
4 oz mixed wild mushrooms, sliced
1 shallot, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic, grated
1 tsp sriracha
½ tsp sea salt

1. Cook the noodles in boiling salted water, drain and run under cold water, then set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, soy, garlic, sriracha and salt, then set aside.

3. Heat a large pan or wok to medium heat, then add a bit of oil and shallots and cook for 1 minute.

4. Increase the heat to high, add the mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes or until browned and tender.

5. Add the noodles and vinaigrette, remove from the heat, toss to combine and top with the chives.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

{Image and recipe from Snails View}

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art of cooking

Happy Friday, and cheers to the end of a very rainy April in Seattle!

There’s no noodles recipe this week, but I have something food-related you might enjoy watching..

I’m currently loving these two video clips from IKEA’s “Art of Cooking” — directed by Carl Kleiner. Aren’t they cute??

{Via iGNANT}

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