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mango sticky rice (bottom) & thai tea (top) double scoop on an ube waffle cone at Wanderlust Creamery

It’s a little late here, the beginning of the weekend, and my youngest daughter and I just came back from a very satisfying Japanese dinner. I’ve wanted to post more, do more, and write more this new year, but as January came around, I caught a terrible flu. There was nothing — nothing — that I could do except stay in bed and feel awful. So much for all of my new year plans (and I have a new planner to write inside and make amazingly productive plans for the new year). However, I promised myself that I would write more, even if it was just a little blog post, and that I would make it more writerly and personal, as I miss the art of writing in a journal. I have many writing to-do lists and ideas, articles to submit, and even that cookbook idea to draft (still, after all these years). I’m not one to give up on ideas, though they shape shift and change as months and years go by. I’m busy working my day job(s), taking care of my three children, up at six in the morning, to bed by eleven (or later), and the maker of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. 

Yet, most of the time, I’m driving in Los Angeles traffic. 

And sometimes all of that driving is worth it. For the past two weeks, I’ve been photographing (and eating) desserts all over Los Angeles. My latest article for LA Weekly is an Asian-inspired dessert slideshow, which means I’m tasting all kinds of Asian desserts in Los Angeles (and there are so many places to try Asian desserts). Of course, in the San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods alone you can find many Taiwanese dessert shops— which could keep me eating all sorts of bao bing (shaved ice), douhua (tofu pudding), xian cao (grass jelly) all day, with toppings like boba, red bean, taro and black sesame sauce. Then there’s matcha desserts. I’ve had plenty of matcha (green tea) in pudding, ice cream and pastry cream form. Matcha mille-feuille, matcha soft serve, matcha sundae, matcha custard, matcha cookies. I did have a plan to join another bootcamp and workout every morning lifting weights, but so far, it’s just been lifting desserts to my mouth and taking one bite, two bites, three bites… 

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How to Make a Frothy Turmeric Latte at Home

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I happen to love Mondays. A turmeric latte in hand, and I can conquer anything. Such as that dreaded pile of bills, the pile of dishes, the pile of laundry, the email replies. I can handle it all with a glowing smile, because I make these luscious turmeric lattes at home and everything is golden. 

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Vegan Miso Pumpkin Soup {RECIPE}

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The new year has come. We’ve indulged plenty over the holidays, and now seek healthier dishes to go along with our workout routines. But you know, I’m not ready for it. I am still in winter mode. I crave butter, cheese, creamy pasta sauces, bread, and thick spoonfuls of squash soup. Eating mostly a vegan diet, I have found luxurious ways to make healthy versions of all things craveable, and this soup is a perfect example. 

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Weekend in Ojai

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On our weekend trip to Ojai, we relished in the landscape as we drove along highway state route 33 from Ventura. Rugged chaparral covered hills, eucalyptus and oak trees blur by the car windows. Admiring such idyllic beauty, a sense of wonder opens the heart. Only 14 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean isn’t so far to go for some soul refreshing.

We took the time to browse the boutique shops along main stretch of Ojai Avenue, ate lunch at a local vegan cafe, and snuck a quick peek inside a wine tasting room before sipping on a flight of handcrafted green tea kombucha. The city of Ojai has a relaxed Californian vibe with the sort of easy-going elegance you can embrace. You  might call it bohemian, or modern hippie, perhaps. There’s a genuine aspect of being completely real here, without any pretensions or façades. Ojai has its own kind of style.

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A Mushroom Risotto with Love from Paris

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This mushroom risotto recipe arrived in my inbox all the way from Paris. Michelin Star Chef Yves Mattagne of Seagrill in Brussels is in collaboration with Longines Masters, serving his fine cuisine at the dining tables of the world class horse show. Today is the opening day for the Longines equestrian event in Paris, where my Parisian friends are seated in the dining area overlooking the course. I can just taste the beurre et fromage in the risotto aux champignon des bois from here in Los Angeles. Chef Mattagne’s exquisite dishes are still in my sensory memory. It was a pleasure to attend the Longines horse show in Los Angeles recently, so making this recipe allows me to celebrate the event in Paris from afar. 

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