More Books! More Candy!

Today’s Sunday walk consisted of roaming around my favorite parts of Philadelphia. After yesterday’s visit to the Book Barn and Eclat, I wasn’t planning on entering any more book shops or candy stores for a while……but when life gives you lemons (or chocolates, caramels and books), you make lemonade and give into the universe’s suggestions!   So, I…

Éclat = épatant

Éclat is a delicious local chocolatier in West Chester, founded by Christopher Curtin. I’d seen some of the chocolate bars in DiBruno’s but didn’t realize they were from the area! After the Book Barn and before Gemelli‘s, we stopped by to check out the chocolates and I’m so glad we did! Their flavor combinations are…

Japanese Curry

The objective of tonight’s dinner was to make something easy that would last for a while and would feed me multiple times… so I made Japanese curry, or カレーライス。 It’s really so, so easy. And so, so yummy. All you need is some meat (or no meat, if you prefer), 1-2 onions, 1 carrot and…

Gelato on a hot summer day

A friend and I journeyed to West Chester today, and encountered some lovely gelato at Gemelli. The owner is an Italian who moved to the US after meeting his wife when she studied abroad in Italy (cute!! <3). He has definitely brought the Italian secrets of delicious gelato making with him! I tried the chocolate…

Making Essays, Crafting Cookies

While working through my personal statement drafts (the application season has begun!), I was thinking of cookies (as one does, naturally) and thinking of how essay writing is so much like cookie dough making. Whenever I’m trying to put together an essay, I feel like I’m a crazed witch with a bubbling cauldron full of ingredients that…

Ramen in Philly

Apparently, I have taken on a second quest (in addition to the Donut Odyssey). To find the best ramen in Philly. So far, I’ve tried Terakawa Ramen, Yamitsuki Ramen and Ramen Bar. While all have something to offer (Terakawa has good buns and a solid soup…but just a tad too heavy for my taste, and…

Sunflower Seed-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Success! I made yummy cookies! This is an accomplishment only because I attempted the same recipe last week, went a little too haphazard on my measurements, and ended up with a scone-like cookie instead (I think I went too little on the sugar, too much on the baking soda, and potentially too much flour). This…

Thai (ish) Basil Fried Rice

I love Thai basil fried rice. It’s probably one of my favorite things to eat at a Thai restaurant. When I was in college, tired of my dorm food, I’d always go to Siam Royal in Palo Alto and get this delicious fried rice. When I went home for the holidays (which wasn’t even that…

The Right Dose of Random

I think I may have found a favorite tea room in Philadelphia. The Random Tea Room, a small, mostly quiet cafe on an unassuming street in Northern Liberties. On one side of the room, a wall of David Bowie artwork (which is for sale, as is almost everything in the shop, and so perhaps changes…

Early Lunch at Miss SaiGon

Today, my mom and I decided to do some shopping in San Francisco. Before hitting the shops, though, we thought it best to arm ourselves with lots of energy (food). We decided to try Miss SaiGon (my mom had read good things about it). I don’t pretend to know what authentic Vietnamese food is (since I’ve…

Superb Strawberries

You may have noticed (and you will surely if you continue reading my blog) that I tend to enjoy alliteration. I also really really really enjoy coming up with titles (even if they’re not all that great, most of the time…), so this short post is about superb strawberries. Which may or may not be…

In Search of a Donut: Journey 2 (after the dentist)

A few days ago, I traveled to the dentist for what was supposed to be a normal check up/clean up. Unfortunately, I had developed a cavity and had to get a shot (my dentist said I took it rather well…what else was there to do but tense up, flinch once and bear it silently? lol) and all…