Raised Bed Garden Project for Spring 2015

New project this spring that is up and running–an elevated vegetable garden table planter! After a good amount of research, I found this awesome mom-and-pop company in Cali, called Mini Farm Box, that makes all kinds of planters using cedar. It was exactly what I was looking for…perfectly sized for urban homes where you have… Read more »

How to get your dumplings really … bitchy

I could eat dumplings for every meal for the rest of my life, and I think I wouldn’t have one complaint. But sometimes unless your fried dumplings have that delicious crispage underneath (you know what I mean), you’re kind of being cheated of the full deliciousness.

New Pinterest Board — Style Crush!

I get occasional hints at work and shopping g-friends that I tend to buy the same version of whatever dress or shirt or skirts that I already have. My response is always, “Well it’s because I know what will work and what won’t for my shape and height!” That said, they have a point…

Elegant Loungewear by the frenchies at BASE RANGE

It’s become a half-facetious project of mine to figure out what might qualify as “elegant loungewear” to wear around the house…

Overlooking Manhattan….

…a rustic vision of French lavender sitting pretty on my windowsill. i <3 farmers markets.

#PutaBirdOnIt: New Set of Cards!

Had myself a little product development sesh this weekend and made a set of new notecards for our etsy shop. Check out the new listing HERE and photos of the work in progress!

  • FOOD FIND: Estadio in DC

    A radly designed Devil’s Backbone Dark Abby Ale… which I enjoyed at Estadio in DC for the first time. After hearing a good bit about this place from my trusty foodie friend Buddha, it certainly lived up to its reputation. The tables are tightly packed into the small space. Prolly had something to do with… Read more »

  • The Holy Grail: La Arepa Colombiana

    On the morning of Day 3 in Cartagena, I finally reached the Holy Grail of our trip — feasting on an authentic Colombian arepa! For breakfast, we ordered the “arepa con huevo” (something I didn’t know even existed until I saw it on our hotel breakfast menu). In New York, we’d only ever had the… Read more »

  • Travel Treasure in Cartagena: El Portal de Los Dulces

    I made it a mission to check out the famed Portal de los Dulces in Cartagena (the town’s portal of sweets). On our way out to explore Getsemani (the emerging, but once seedy neighborhood of Cartagena outside the Walled City), we found it: a slew of two dozen tiny vendor stands along an entire block… Read more »

  • Travel Treasures: Vamos a Cartagena, Colombia!

    In less than a day, I’ll be hopping on a jet plane with Sven for a 5-hour JetBlue flight to Cartagena, Colombia — by all online accounts a charming, romantic fisherman’s town with horse-drawn carriages and open air cafes on the northern coast of South America. People have shot me some puzzled looks about our… Read more »

  • Vintage Patterns – $3 a Pop At Bits Of Thread DC

    I found out that Bits of Thread sewing studio has a whole basket of vintage sewing patterns for sale! I went through a phase last year where I was compulsively surfing websites full of vintage patterns and I couldn’t stop, even at work. I’ve since recovered, but I think this discovery might just put me… Read more »

  • Pecan-Stuffed Dates From Dubai

    Mama Hsu came back home from an excursion in Dubai and she brought back these delicious-effin’ candied dates, stuffed with pecans. They were ABSOLUTELY scrumptious. I don’t think I’ve tasted anything like it before. Unfortunately the little bag of delicacies didn’t last very long in my household. I was a little sad when I popped… Read more »

  • A Special Delivery: Jamaican Breakfast!

    Last Thanksgiving, we returned from our visit to the Caribbean with a newfound love for the traditional Jamaican breakfast — saltfish and ackee!! Being of Jamaican descent, Sven’s secretary was kind enough to surprise him this week with a care package of salted codfish, a can of ackee (see suzi’s description of this fascinating Caribbean… Read more »

  • Copy of a Letter to my Bishies (Twin Sis + Cousin) About the Latest Famous Wipe-Out By Yours Truly

    Bishies, you will appreciate this: This morning I woke up an hour late because of my alarm and so I was running to the bus stop hehe… Mt. Pleasant is full of old “charming” brick-lined streets and shoddy medians, and so of course I totally tripped on one of these “quaint and charming” bricks and… Read more »

  • Miso + Honey Fish

    Simple dishes are the best. I recently rediscovered this miso and honey salmon dish and I was so delighted at how easy it is that I made the dish several times over several consecutive weeks. The best part (besides the taste) is that it starts and ends with three ingredients miso paste, good ole honey,… Read more »

  • Corcoran Features DC Subcultures

    The Corcoran is in the midst of a program this month — Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s — that features some pretty typically subversive elements of DC culture and history. Like DC hardcore, Go-Go, DJ’s, graffiti and Breakin’. Not to mention they’ve been marketing it heavily toward families and kids. Maybe it’s… Read more »