Day Five in Quebec City

Bonjour! To get to Old Quebec City from Montreal, we took the 3 hour VIA train. Then we spent most of the day roaming around and window shopping. The language spoken here is mainly French and so my family was depending on me to help translate. However, I forgot most of my high school French and so we walked around for a while until we realized most of the Quebecoise knew how to speak English. Hooray! Continue reading Day Five in Quebec City

Day Two in New York

Today, we hit up more famous spots in New York like the Brooklyn Flea Market, Chinatown, Times Square and much more. (We also stopped by SoHo District but I failed to take decent pictures! And Jessica took us to a super delicious ice cream place called “Sundaes and Cones,” and again I didn’t take any good pics.) Our feet were hurting so much because we were walking around nonstop from 8 am til past midnight! Continue reading Day Two in New York

Day One in New York

Hello! It’s been a long while since my last post, but it’s not been without good reason!
Today was the beginning of a 8 day adventure and from LAX, my sister, cousin, and I flew for 5 hours to New York for the first time. My first impression of New York was, “It’s super cold! And look at all the tall buildings!” The 30 degrees Fahrenheit weather was a big change for a Californian like me but I had some thermals to help fight off the chill. Continue reading Day One in New York

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I made a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies a couple of days ago. And that just made me crave some white choco macadamia nut cookies…yum! I don’t even like white chocolate but when its put together with macadamia nuts, they are just so delicious. Unfortunately, I had only half of the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts that were called for, but they came out just right nonetheless.  The recipe is adapted from Whipped and these cookies were seriously perfect. Continue reading White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Dark Chocolate Truffles

J’aime le chocolat! I love chocolate! And so I had to make chocolate truffles which is basically chocolate ganache rolled up into spheres. The truffles can be flavored with liquers like Grand marnier or even balsmic vinegar. Then they’re covered in delectable coatings like cocoa powder, nuts, and matcha powder. The coatings that I used were powdered roast grain, shredded coconut, walnuts, almonds, and cocoa powder.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Lately, I’ve been eating way too many sweet and salty foods. And why might that be? Well…for the past week, I’ve been watching the show 30 Rock. (By the way, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are absolutely hilarious). Tina Fey’s character inspires me to eat a lot of sugary and fatty foods like chocolate bars, hot dogs, and pizza. I bet my calorie and sodium intake is way overhead…not good! Consequently, my body has been angry with me and I finally decided to change for better! Hooray!

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Bread and Butter

I love fresh and warm bread and who doesn’t? One goal I’ve been trying to accomplish for a couple of weeks now is to make delicious and edible bread! The first time I tried to make bread, the oven was just too hot and my breads came out so hard that we used them as pet rocks. The next couple times, I was able to make softer bread, but the insides were not fully cooked–we used that to make croutons. After my bread baking failures, I decided to take a break. Then I picked up a copy of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and was enlightened. (For reals). The reading was so fun and interesting and one of the many things I learned to enjoy was listening to the sound of the fresh-out-of-the-oven crackling bread–it’s like a lullaby. And my favorite recipe in the book is the Italian bread…the crust is crisp and the inside is soft, I’m almost tempted to use the bread as a pillow.

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