nigella lawson’s decadent polenta cake

I don’t really watch a lot of cooking television, but I happened upon an episode of Nigella Lawson’s show where she made this simple cake with lemon drizzle that literally made my mouth water.  This recipe has always stuck in my mind, but I never really got around to trying it, until Jules brought home […]

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salt of the earth (and sea).

I have long been an avoider of salt.  My friend Cindy once followed me around the kitchen with the salt, seasoning behind me because I tend to make things a little on the bland side. I’m a bit of a unicorn in terms of my culture, as Filipinos tend to prefer things pretty salty, but […]

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How To (Host) Brunch Like A Boss

Nothing kicks off a Saturday morning like a perfectly presented Eggs Benedict and a spicy Bloody Mary, but standing in a brunch gridlock line is definitely not the best use of precious weekend time. Ditch your usual plans without missing out on bottomless mimosas or friend facetime – round up your squad and host a […]

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vegan mac and cheese for amy

My friend, we’ll call her Amy, has been struggling with digestion issues, and has been advised to avoid dairy.  As an avid lover of dairy myself, also the wife of a French guy who can eat dairy all day long with no incident, I was initially skeptical that I could make anything vegan that resembled […]

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you say tomato, i say yum! {france}

One of my fondest childhood memories of my sister, Veronica, involves her gleefully eating tomatoes straight off of the vine.  Our grandfather was quite the gardener, and kept strawberries, pomegranates, apples, mandarins, plums, and tomatoes growing around our house in San Diego.  Veronica was our grandfather’s shadow – wherever he was, she was – so […]

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what yoga does for athletes.

Over the years, I have tried really hard to get some of my friends to start doing yoga, particularly the ones who are athletic already (you know who you are).  Though many of these super athletes have no problem going for hours-long bike rides or double-digit mile runs, the idea of taking a yoga class […]

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la vie en rose

I’ve had a mild obsession with everything rose for a while now, perhaps stemming (ha, see what I did there?) from my mom’s rose bushes at our childhood home and the beautiful, fragrant blooms that were just outside our front door. I also have a penchant for white flowers like gardenia and muguet, but I think the […]

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spring rolls for (almost) springtime.

We had an amazing bout of beautiful weather over the weekend, and it put me into the mood for something light and refreshing.  One of my favorite things to eat are Vietnamese goi cuon, spring rolls often times made with shrimp and pork.  This version is made with a ceviche of scallops, chives, and spicy […]

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