Paris in Chinatown: only in San Francisco

It is supposed to be my art trip but it (of course) turned into eat trip. We found this little Paris influenced cafe in Chinatown in SF. This place took right back to Paris. Please enjoy with me. <img src="https://hikarumc.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/img_3459.jpg&quot; alt="IMG_3459" class="alignnone size-

Musician, Author or Rocky?: No, she is Emily Crawford Dann

Have you ever been disappointed in a second album of a particular musician who released a phenomenal 1st record?  I have many times.  How about writers?  His/her 1st book was so damn good and you can’t stand the second book?  Or the movie “Rocky,” which I don’t think I need to explain. Emily Crawford DannContinue reading “Musician, Author or Rocky?: No, she is Emily Crawford Dann”

Korean or Hawaiian: it’s BOTH

What came to my mind was “divine.”  I mean, conjoining of Korean best invention, kimchi and rice whoever invented (I am forever thankful). I barely take a lunch break.  I usually power through the day without breaking.  Today, one of my great friends at work, Kathy, made me go outside to take 1 hour breakContinue reading “Korean or Hawaiian: it’s BOTH”

What is Hama Hama?: PNW Treasure

2-year residency in Atlanta, Georgia was quite tough for me.  It was challenging to find fresh and organic produce (maybe I was not looking hard enough?) and seafood!  Oh seafood…you have no idea how much I missed the fish market in Seattle when I was in ATL.  They are available there of course, but thereContinue reading “What is Hama Hama?: PNW Treasure”

Chopping Therapy: Prep for Gyoza

It really helps me when I have a bad day or I am upset about something.  Chopping vegetables is one of my meditation methods. When I was a young child, helping my mother and grandma in the kitchen was mandatory.  My mom started to let me use “old person’s kitchen knife” when I was 4. Continue reading “Chopping Therapy: Prep for Gyoza”

$12,690 vs. $0

Luxury.  What does that mean to me, I wondered when I saw this quote Sunday morning. “Luxury to me is not about buying expensive things; It’s about living in a way where you appreciate things” We have been lucky to have a warm winter in Seattle this year.  It was sunny and spring like yesterday.Continue reading “$12,690 vs. $0”

Sunday Happiness = Winter Vegetables in Staub 24cm

I used to dislike Sundays.  Lots of people don’t like Mondays but Sundays were loneliest and longest of the week to me.  However, since 2010, that has changed drastically. I am cooking cauliflower today for lunch.  A whole cauliflower plus some other winter vegetables (more like left over veggies in the fridge), lotus root, JapaneseContinue reading “Sunday Happiness = Winter Vegetables in Staub 24cm”

Color of Saffron: STAUB 22cm

I don’t like shopping really.  No, let me rephrase that.  I do not like shopping except for books, grocery and kitchen tools. Yesterday, this little but heavy box arrived at my cube at work.  I tried so hard not to show my excitement.  But it was really hard, Oh My God.  It was my StaubContinue reading “Color of Saffron: STAUB 22cm”

Liberal Arts: Worth Every Penny

If you are a book nerd, this is a great place to fall in love with another book nerd.  http://acornbookshop.com/Acorn_LibartsMovie.html Below is my favorite movie dialogue from “Liberal Arts”  I thought that creators of this movie examined inside my head.  This movie is full of stuff that I love about life such as coffee, books, travel,Continue reading “Liberal Arts: Worth Every Penny”

Coffee Fixes Everything?: Starbucks Reserve® Sumatra Peaberry Lake Toba does

My morning was interesting.  Well, it was not interesting, it was actually bitter start. Coffee.  Yes, coffee is needed for this kind or morning or any kind of morning.  Our office building has a few Clover® machines. The very first thing I do every morning is to go to 9th floor and make myself aContinue reading “Coffee Fixes Everything?: Starbucks Reserve® Sumatra Peaberry Lake Toba does”