Spicy Lemongrass Soup

I love new cookbooks! This new adventure takes me back to my Bay Area Vietnamese roots, yet it’s not the same. All the recipes have a familiar ping, but with a new modern tone. The majority of the recipes have few ingredients, but are focused on the quality of the ingredients. This is my flagship…

New-Old Traditions: Lucky Dumplings

My favorite family memories consisted sitting around our dining room table, with a big bowl of  minced meat and vegetables, wrapping dumplings. Our neighbor, Wendy, would come over on a Saturday afternoon with a bowl of freshly made dough, while my mom made the filling. An award deserving duo. My mother would elicit the help…

Gung Hay Fat Choi! Year of the Sheep

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! No fuss, no mess. My favorite holiday of the year: chinese new year. I love that it lasts for weeks and it’s all about family, good wishes and food. As a kid we always had a new year candy platter with an impressive array of candy and sweets. Naturally, being…

Grassa

Casual freshly made pasta. mmm it was melt-in-your-mouth good! The whole time Bryce and I were mmm-ing and ooh-ing with every bite. yenno, the sounds you make when you eat something really good. It’s an automatic reflex, no control whatsoever. Here, we have pictured on the left is your black pepper tonnarelli with salt and…

Cacao

The first time I walked into Cacao I instantly fell in love. Probably because they were playing Erykah Badu (my all time fav), but also because they have delicious hot chocolate. This yuppity chocolate joint is the place if you want rich chocolate in multiple varieties and a chill environment. The hot chocolate was more…

Why do you wipe your chopsticks?

It is an unwritten rule, that every time you go to a pho restaurant, you wipe off all your utensils with a napkin. You gotta make sure they’re clean right? you don’t want to eat any dirt or anything. …but when you really think about it, it probably doesn’t help at all. But i’ve been…

Boxer Ramen

One of my favorite ramen places. It’s quick, easy and delicious. Theres no fuss or mess here, where “substitutions are delightfully declined.” It’s hard for me to order anything but the tonkotsu because of how delicious it is, but the spicy red miso is also a great choice if you like a little more fire…

Blue Star Donuts

The doughnut for the gourmet foodie. VooDoo doughnut is iconic for Portland, but as far as quality of their doughnut, its nothing compared to Blue Star. The french brioche dough makes this breakfast/dessert a more enjoyable flavor and texture than jam packed with sugar. ( and yes, things can be too sweet). It is able…

Tasty N Alder

After a year of living in Portland, I finally partook in BRUNCH. I keep hearing that “brunch” is the thing to do in Portland, but never wanted to wait in line for breakfast. Let’s be honest here, I’m not a morning person and you put me in a 45 minute wait for food at 9…

Ramona Place

Ramona place is an apartment I used to live in back in Ventura. I guess I only lived there for three months, but it was quite the adventure. I’m actually pretty sure I’ve lived in two apartments on Ramona St.. I lived there when I first moved out of high school and where I met a lot…