recipe: colorful tortilla rolls

for a fun appetizer with friends on new year’s eve, this was a very easy and tasty treat.


  • 2 packages (8oz size) cream cheese, softened
  • 8 whole burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • 1 whole yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced finely
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and diced finely
  • 1 whole green bell pepper, seeded and diced finely

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recipe: sweet potato / yam corn cakes

this recipe looked yummy so i decided to make it but when i was getting ready to roll them into patties, i saw my cookie cutters and had an inspiration – how about making them into different shapes? the first … Continue reading recipe: sweet potato / yam corn cakes

christmas dinner 2014

for christmas m & i collaborated on our family dinner. i made the side dishes, m made the main dish and i decorated a cute fruity dessert with family bringing chocolate and cake. we a barely felt the limitations of feeding … Continue reading christmas dinner 2014

what’s on my chopping board? deux

there are many things you see often but every now and then you see something different. i’ve cooked bok choy before. if you’ve prepared bok choy you know that you have to clean well, pulling each leaf off and wash because there’s a lot of dirt between leaves. so today when i was prepping it, i saw something different: a baby bok choy attached to the inside of each leaf! Continue reading what’s on my chopping board? deux

sprinkle your cupcakes with joy

there’s was a lot of buzz going on when sprinkles opened in nyc in may and it has not died down. i finally went when i was walking by the neighborhood and i will be back! looking like sprinkles falling from the sky, the cute store on the upper east side is designed with catchy bold dots of colors inside and out. it just looks fun and inviting – as it should be – you’re gonna have some cupcakes! when you enter, you are welcome to a display with three rows of cupcakes – which flavor to choose! for my first … Continue reading sprinkle your cupcakes with joy

charm city cakes + harry potter = explosive cakes

it has been a beautiful cake relationship between charm city cakes and harry potter. now that the last movie is coming out, the team pulled out all the stops for perhaps the last cake for the franchise. * this week, Charm City Cakes recreated a half-destroyed Hogwarts castle cake for the New York premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” “It’s got over 120 LED lights on it that are all on different circuits so they’re blinking at different moments, so it looks like it’s on fire, and then it’s got smoke machines that go through it, so smoke … Continue reading charm city cakes + harry potter = explosive cakes

amorino is blooming with flavor

i had been looking forward to going to amorino since i read grub street’s article about free gelato during its opening day happy hour. but what caught my eye wasn’t the free – it was the beauty of the flower shaped scoops. not only did i want to get one, i wanted to see the artistry in the service – and what a lovely presentation it was. you may think that creating an art form for an ice cream cone, would take too much time but the servers are pros. first, place your order of size. when its’s your turn, you … Continue reading amorino is blooming with flavor

breakfast and art for allie by jim’s pancakes

how can a 3-year old not have a great meal when presented with a beautiful art creation that is a feast for the eyes … and then get to eat it too? well, little allison has just that responsibility and she does it with a smile, much to the joy of her father, jim. for the rest of us who don’t live in the household, we’re lucky to find his blog, jim’s pancakes. here, jim shares his artistic pancake creations. he even gives some construction tips so we can recreate his art. just to name a few from his gallery: – accessories … Continue reading breakfast and art for allie by jim’s pancakes

mobile apps for foodies

today mashable had a story on 10 iPhone Apps for food lovers. some of them were pretty cool. so, i compiled a list of their recommendations as well as other apps that i like. apps providing health information Seafood World (Free): resource of fish choices that are better for the environment Eat This Not That (Free): recommendation of a healthier alternative for something you are craving Lose It (Free): diary of your food intake to keep track of what you eat apps that provide definitions on food or cuisine Global Eater Food Dictionary ($.99): definition of food from all over … Continue reading mobile apps for foodies

carton king creativity park, restaurant and honey museum

in central taiwan, a park was opened three years ago to rejuvenate a declining paper packaging company and to remind us of the value of paper … not only to its beauty, but also to its uses and reuses. the park consists of three sections: a theme park, a restaurant and a museum. the 5,200 square-meter theme park has about 500 structures including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower and Dutch windmills. the restaurant is furnished with paper chairs and tables. it also uses paper furnishings, including paper utensils! how cool is that? the honey museum shows the … Continue reading carton king creativity park, restaurant and honey museum