Friday, April 20, 2012


have i mentioned my love of garnish yet? they have all the packaging basics, all like a blank canvas just begging to be filled with loving made baked goods or a thoughtful "just because" gift. and now they have an online magazine too! they share several wonderful ideas just in case you need a little inspiration to get you going.

some of my favs include...

perfect for mailing baked goods to starving college students ^_~

oh i love that natural burlap one too!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

happy breakfast

i love skillets. it's the first thing i look for on a breakfast menu. the weekend of our wedding, we treated our bridal party to brunch at meli cafe & juice bar in chicago. my sister and i got a veggie packed skillet (delicious!) and the guys got meat filled skillets. i've been craving that skillet ever since so i decided to try and make my own at home. i ended making enough for three people... and then ate it all by myself because RT wasn't home over the weekend...

cut potatoes into about one inch cubes and fry them up. season as you like. italian herb? salt + pepper? curry powder? whatever floats your boat! i used cajun seasoning.

 fry up some veggies in batches to avoid over cooking. i used zucchini, broccoli, red pepper, mushrooms, spinach and onions. be sure to add salt and pepper while cooking. i really love veggies so i pretty much cleared out the fridge here.

cook a couple of eggs your favorite way. i like mine scrambled.

pile the veggies on top of the potatoes.

pile the eggs on top of the veggies.

top with cheese and let it melt into your hot eggs or pop it into the oven for a tiny bit to melt the cheese.

yum! the best part is that you can make it however you want it. add sausage, use different veggies blends (possibly asian veggies and eggs topped with siracha??), make your eggs sunny side up. i wish i hadn't eaten it all in one sitting... kind of craving some right now...

Friday, April 6, 2012

away to taiwan

RT and i took a rather last minute trip to taiwan to spend some time with his family.

fo guang shan in khaoshiung

night market and the plague that is scooters in taiwan.

stinky tofu. a must try if you travel to taiwan.

good morning

din tai fung? xioa long bao?? yes please!!!

standard udon but i had to share a photo of my ridiculously cute fish cakes

private hot spring <3


calla lilies at miau-ban garden

lotus ferns. can't find these in the states :( really delicious, light and crisp

steam rising from cracks in the mountains at yangminshan. if you walk closer, you can see the yellow sulfur building up around the cracks.

new haircut :) 

 beef noodle/dumpling soup. possibly my all time favorite taiwanese food.

tsong yo bing (scallion pancake). i know this looks very "meh" but it was so delicious and completely unavailable in the states. it's not even widely available throughout taiwan! it's a new style of making scallion pancakes... i am in love!

bizarre dusty haze in tokyo... lots of turbulence as we flew into narita. by the time i got off the plane my knees were weak and i was all shaky! 

hm... there are an awful lot of food photos here. strange because i had no appetite the entire trip! my jet lag and all the bumpy bus rides we went on really took a toll on my ability to eat. i was only able to nibble on all of these delicious things. but now that i look at them... i'm getting really hungry...

Monday, April 2, 2012