Monthly Archives: December 2011

nipples of venus

A scene from one of my favorite movies, Amadeus, where Salieri tries to coax Constanza into leaving some of her husband’s original sheet music with an offering of Capezzoli di Venere (Nipples of Venus), or brandied chestnut pralines.  I’ve always … Continue reading

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christmas croissants

Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone is enjoying a day of merriment with loved ones.  Right now, I’m hanging out at home with the fam for a very traditional Christmas Day in Ventura County… you know, where it’s blue skies and … Continue reading

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pumpkin sesame cakes

I made these pumpkin sesame cakes for my family today, serving them with a drizzle of honey and hot barley tea, which they loved.  Made with glutinous sweet rice flour, this slightly sweet and nutty rice cake is similar to … Continue reading

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chicken pot pie | the good vs. the bad

An unsavory pot pie from an LA pop-up that shall go unnamed  Homemade chicken pot pie Pop-up restaurants in LA can be hit or miss.  Last weekend, my friends and I went to one that seemed very promising, but ultimately, … Continue reading

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thyme cafe & market | santa monica, ca

 Macarons & pain au chocolat  Turkey + caramelized onions + arugula + brie + butter baguette Lunch at Thyme Cafe & Market on Ocean Park.

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david lebovitz’s sweet life in paris

I’m a huge fan of dessert cookbook writer and fellow croissant lover, David Lebovitz, who’s living the sweet life in Paris.  Check out this video of him walking through a Paris market, then cooking at home.  I love that he uses … Continue reading

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sunday supper | lucques, LA

Olive oil cake with candied tangerines, crème fraîche & Santa Barbara pistachios Thank you, Toops, for organizing a post-thesis Sunday Supper at Lucques!  What a sweet way to wrap up the week.  So nice to catch up with the girls (and … Continue reading

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by this time tomorrow

By this time tomorrow, I will have completed my graduate thesis with a final presentation. It’s been a grueling six months, but it’s almost over!!  Oh man, I cannot wait to celebrate!

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bourdain | sukiyabashi jiro


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cleverly cloaked cookie | commis, oakland

 Vegetable ash-coated parmesan shortbread cookie from Commis in Oakland.

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