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English | Otsar Ma'adanim - Part 2

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Vietnam, Part 2

Hitting the road again, or the skies I should say (although we did one bus ride during our trip – more about that later…), we touched down in Da Nang, specifically to visit The Museum of Cham Sculpture, a museum that…


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Macarons 2019

happy new year, lunar new year and valentines day as well! yet another 8 months have passed, no idea if anyone still reads this blog but my new year resolution is actually to come back to blogging, and to do…


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Valentine’s Peek-a-boo Ombre Cake

Valentine’s Peek-a-boo Ombre Cake

Your Valentine’s Day Cake turned into a show-stopping Valentine’s Peek-a-boo Ombre Cake and it’s so easy to make! I know, I’m a little late with sharing Valentine’s treats this year, but forgive me, toddler life has been on high alert…


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chocolate puddle cakes

From their big debut in the 1990s from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to their ever-presence on dessert menus since, chocolate molten lava cakes are easily one of the most trodden tropes of the restaurant world. There are enough riffs on it…

Vietnam

I wrote a story in my next book about all the places that I’m supposed to go to, or want to go to, or should go to. For a long time, Vietnam was near the very top of that list. We…


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something shiny

Recipe: chocolate mirror glaze This past week in Crested Butte has seen a good bit of progress for Yuki. She improved her length of sustained running during our skate ski compared to the last few times when she would slow…

bodega-style egg and cheese sandwich

Like many New Yorkers, I have strong feelings about bodegas (adoration born of dependence) that go from the bodega cats to the stuffed shelves (mine appears to carry more items than our Trader Joe’s), to the griddles. I am in…

nuts for hazelnuts!

Recipe: hazelnut pralines and hazelnut praline paste I love the feeling of getting over the hump! My cold last month put me behind schedule on a few things that made the past couple of weeks a crush of work and…

A Visit to Red Boat Fish Sauce in Vietnam

When I realized we were going to Vietnam, I decided not to start making lists of places to go or things to eat, like I often do. (I’m learning to say “Yes” to less-scheduled vacations.) Fortunately, a friend who lives…


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a lunar new year round-up

a common table | potstickers

Happy Lunar New Year!

A snapshot of the new year around here: This prescient lady’s comic series keeps popping up on my social media feeds and, as we’re heading into the last few weeks of B4’s residency in Casa Mama,…


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A Wholesome, Clean(ish) Carrot Orange Cake

February 2018, Rome. I went to the giardino degli aranci for the first time. It is an easy climb to a quaint corner with four romanic churches, and, amongst them, a garden of orange trees from which St. Peter’s cupola…

yuki’s birthday!

Recipe: naturally colored homemade sprinkles Today is Yuki’s first birthday! I find it hard to believe that we’ve had her for seven months because I feel as if Yuki has always been a part of our lives. This little girl…

true winter

Recipe: dynamo shrimp We have had a snowy couple of weeks around here. You know what I think of when I see the snow in my yard, in the surrounding mountains, and pretty much all over town? Well yes, I…

baked buffalo wings

My friend Art Bovino is obsessed with Buffalo wings. (I can hear you saying “SAME,” by the way.) He’s so obsessed that he spent a lot of time in Buffalo over the last couple years learning everything he could about…

New Year, New Reset Routine

New Year, New Reset Routine

**This post is made in sponsorship with Capital One.  All content, ideas, and words are my own.** No matter how much I prepare or try to stay calm, it’s inevitable that when December 1st hits, the siren call for holiday madness…