Spring, Sunshine, and Salad

The sun is out, the air is warm, and I’m stuck with a cold!! What?! I survived the entire winter without getting fully sick at all, but it finally caught up to me in these first couple weeks of Spring! So, instead of cooking and baking, I have been tossing back cough drops, Robitussin and a ridiculous amout of hot tea–not exactly my ideal diet. Despite my runny nose and embarrassingly loud cough, I am still determined to enjoy the beautiful weather outside and stay productive! The transition from Winter to Spring is so wonderful because the flowers start blooming, flip flops, pool weather, and tons of ice cream are so clearly in sight. This is also around the time where salad becomes one of my favorite meals to enjoy outside as those warm sun rays hit my shoulders. This tofu and broccoli salad in particular is light and healthy. [Continue Reading...]

Happiness in a Bowl

Every single one of us is on a continuous search for happiness–what that happiness may be comprised of, though, is different to each individual. I think that for me, I find joy and happiness in pushing myself to experience new places and things especially if it’s with great people (and of course, food!). I have this natural tendency to want to try or be a part of every opportunity I am offered, and honestly, it gets tiring! But the guilt of not participating in something and missing out on that particular experience is something I am starting to allow myself to accept. Lately, instead if trying to do it all, I have been trying to do what’s best. What’s best for me, that is. And I know that sounds a little selfish, but that’s not my intention. Throughout my life, I have taken into consideration every single person’s feelings around [Continue Reading...]

Food, Fun, and the Bay Area

With the busy schedule I’ve had lately, and the numerous outings and events I’ve attended, the wonderful happenings of last weekend are still some of the best times that are standing out in my mind. Aside from stuffing my face with the Irish cream bundt cake, chocolate stout cake, and dark chocolate cake truffles, my weekend was also filled to the brim with¬†even more delicious food! I know it’s a little late, but I am going to share my latest adventures with you!¬†Last Friday, my friends and I attended a Golden State Warriors Road Viewing Party at The Broken Rack in Emeryville. This pool hall was a great little joint and had plenty of tables to play pool, an assortment of TVs with various sports games playing, and even a little room with a couch that a group could enjoy. It also had amazing bar food! The fried shrimp (top [Continue Reading...]

St. Patrick's Day and Chocolate Stout Cake

Holidays (any holiday) are the perfect excuse to make festive treats and desserts. And I completely enjoy when friends and readers recommend recipes and dishes for me! So for this holiday, I took some recommendations and on top of the Irish cream bundt cake with Baileys glaze, I made a chocolate stout cake (the recipe can be found here) and some holiday themed dark chocolate cake truffles. The chocolate stout cake was especially fun to make because I’ve never worked with beer in a cake (although I have made beer bread), and I also got to use sour cream in a cake for the first time as well! The cake turned out very moist and a little more dense than normal cakes. I topped it off with some Baileys cream cheese frosting, a light dusting of cocoa powder, and it was ready to go! And I can’t forget about the [Continue Reading...]

Bloggers Day of Silence for Japan

Tomorrow, I will be participating in the Bloggers Day of Silence for Japan and will not be posting anything to my blog. Along with a mass of other bloggers from all over the world, we are taking a day of silence in order to pay respects to the devastation and tragedy that has hit Japan and the victims of this disaster. We all know what’s going on over there through the news and whatnot, but it doesn’t even come close to what the citizens of Japan are experiencing first hand. Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged have taking huge steps to organize this day and launch For Japan With Love, and I think it’s wonderful what they are doing! They have handpicked ShelterBox to donate to since they are already in Japan and were one of the first organizations to be asked by Japan to help. Please pass this message on [Continue Reading...]

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