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A Matcha Latte Recipe You Can Enjoy at Home

matcha, matcha latte, matcha tea latte

So you love matcha lattes but don’t love the dairy and sugar? This recipe has all the good stuff, plus it’s dairy-free and so much easier than you can imagine. 

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butternut squash, toast, butternut squash toast, vegetable

If you frequent the many vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, you may find the welcoming ease of this particular vegetarian eatery, aptly named Vegetable, quite refreshing. You won’t be schooled by hipster vegan waiters wearing man buns or pink-haired waitresses asking if you want hemp or chia seeds with that. Instead, wholesome food is presented on a legible menu that doesn’t require you to have to Google ingredients before deciding upon a dish. It’s perfectly okay to want toast without avocado or bread with gluten here. Yes, you can dine with your gluten-free vegan friends and savor a real grilled cheese sandwich without having to explain yourself, since they will be too distracted by enjoying the flavor of their own meal to care anyway. At Vegetable, there is something for everyone, it’s just done in a vegetarian way.

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noodles, chow fun, chow fun noodles, vegan noodles

The other night I made a noodle dish and with my own flair it came out as sort of a Thai style “Chow Fun” noodle dish. I used flat Pad Thai-like brown rice noodles, adding carrots, minced garlic, ginger and scallions, served with baked sriracha tofu, toasted sesame seeds, sliced cucumbers and a squeeze of lime. Yes, I went a little wild with ingredients. 

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Confessions of a Matcha Tea Addict

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My love of matcha green tea knows no bounds, and given the chance, I’ll find a way to put matcha tea powder in anything I can: pancakes, waffles, cookies, you name it. Matcha lovers, I’m sure you understand. But what kind of matcha makes the best latte?

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Just Desserts

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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. 

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