HHDD #13: Nectarines + Ice Cream Maker = Summer

Hay Hay It’s Donna Day again – this time hosted by the lovely Laura of Eat Drink Live. I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow, suitcases still half-packed and the apartment a clothes-strewn disaster, but when the theme is sorbet and I’ve been rhapsodizing over the pleasures of summer, priorities give way before the seductive purr of […]...

The Slow Drip of Coffee on a Languorous Summer's Day

Where I grew up in the Bay Area, there was an abundance of Vietnamese noodle shops to be found amidst the Asian supermarkets and Chinese dim sum houses. One of my family’s favorite weekend lunches was to go to one of these noodle shops, where each family member would get a steaming hot bowl of […]...

Cerise, Je t'aime

"Cerise, je t’aime", I am told, is a French term of endearment – a marvelous moment of serendipity for me as I had just come up with the phrase on my own in an attempt to capture both my love for this summer fruit and allude to “Paris, Je T’aime”, that ode to the city […]...

{Cookbook Review} Asia: The Sweetest Spot

When it comes to Asian desserts in the Western world, most people don’t think of them beyond the plastic-wrapped fortune cookies that come with your Chinese takeout or the fried bananas at the Thai restaurant. But there really is a huge world of Asian sweets beyond those familiar stereotypes. Step into any bakery in Chinatown […]...