November 5th, 2013 · Tags: Blog Event · Me
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Do you like secrets? Most people like hearing them. I don’t mind keeping them — bad secrets are uncomfortable to keep, but good secrets are even more uncomfortable because you wish you could just shout it to the world!
I’m excited to announce, finally, a project I worked on last year with Moleskine!!
It’s no secret I’m a fan of Moleskine notebooks, and I have been for years (check out my archives!) When they contacted me about collaborating on a Passions Journal, their subject-specific notebooks, I knew the Moleskine Passions Dessert Journal was exactly what was needed. After all, desserts are social, they’re made to be shared, and you definitely need a place to record your sweetest hits!
What’s inside the Moleskine Passions Dessert Journal?
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Tags: Blog Event · Me
Last month I was lucky enough to head to Japan for work, to speak at a WordPress conference in Tokyo. Though it was my first time in Tokyo, it wasn’t my first trip to Japan.
Almost 20 years ago, I headed to Japan with my high school choir (yep! I sang regularly for about 15 years). The trip with my choir wasn’t random — we had sent the choir a few times over the past decade or so, and our sister city was always ready to welcome us. The experience was surreal — singing at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on national television, signing autographs, sliding down a mountain on a sled, eating lots of interesting food that was new for a teenager who was used to pizza, Chinese, and Mexican food (yes, even California has changed).
This time I was glad to go back as an adult with fewer performances expected of me (just 2 this time), and with mature taste buds ready for anything Japan could throw at me. I looked forward to the bitter, the pickled, the textures, and the smells which I’m now interested in and excited about which I couldn’t appreciate when I was younger. I think part of this is not being exposed, but I think mainly due to our taste buds maturing and our desire for stronger & more complex flavors.
So I was ready for Japan.
Here are 20 of my Japan moments — if you’re following me on Instagram you’ll have seen a few of them, but not all!
I narrowly missed a typhoon hitting Tokyo (filed under: definitely not on my Life List), and one of the days it was close, it was crazy windy and rainy. This was a sunrise from my hotel room, which thanks to jet lag I woke up in time to see!
My first meal in Tokyo, and a memorable one. I sat in a busy restaurant full of Japanese and ordered one of my favorite dishes, tendon (a shrimp tempura rice bowl).
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Tags: Discovering Food · Food · Travels Abroad
Two months ago I had a quick trip to Paris.
And now, I can’t stop thinking about a chocolate chip cookie.
A chocolate chip cookie? Not a macaron, a croissant, or a lovely little tart? In France?
I had good intentions in France, I really did. I went in search of a buttery, crusty croissant or a pain au chocolat with sticks of chocolate tucked inside. That was my goal when I saw Eric Kayser’s La Maison Kayser (various locations around Paris, one in NYC, and in Asia, too), but when I saw the chocolate chip cookie, I couldn’t resist. I know David would have told me to get some bread (he talks a lot about Kayser on his site), but I couldn’t fit a loaf in my day bag. :) [Read more →]
Tags: Food · France · Travels Abroad
September 2nd, 2013 · Tags: Italy · Puglia
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I live in Italy, so that shouldn’t seem so rare, right? But two of the three elements were pretty rare: 35 days of uninterrupted Italian food was one. I’m lucky enough to live in Milan where there’s plenty of ethnic food, and of course there’s my kitchen, too, so it’s rare I’m eating 100% Italian food all-day, every day.
I’m going to be posting a few of my favorite recipes which are ridiculously simple in both ingredients and preparation, and are often those which are the most loved. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from living in Italy: good food doesn’t have to be complicated or made with fancy ingredients. Some of my favorite dishes are those made with relatively few ingredients.
The other rare element for me was family. For the first time in forever some of my (US) family flew over to see more of Italy with me. Rather than a few stolen moments squeezed over a holiday or in between their work schedules when I visit the US, I worked most of the time while they explored but it was great to have a quick breakfast or gelato together, share meal times, and of course go places on weekends and some time off as well.
We spent most of the time in Puglia with a week in Sicily (which I’ll get to soon). Here are some scenes from Puglia:
Panzerotti, of which I am a big fan, are plentiful in Puglia. The traditional panzerotti are fried pockets of dough and come filled with mozzarella and tomato sauce, but sometimes they come in other flavors, too – like filled with Nutella!
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Tags: Italy · Puglia
July 10th, 2013 · Tags: Italy · Me
Today marks the day I left California 10 years ago, to make a new life in Italy.
I thought it might be a good chance for you to ask those burning questions you have all about Italy, so I’m doing an “Ask Me Anything: Italy Edition.” That’s when I open up the comments to all your questions and I answer them!
Your questions can be about discovering something new in Italy, what you should eat on your next trip, what gift to bring back to your grandmother, what social issue is most worrying today, what I see outside my window, what Italian regions are underrated, what gelato I ate yesterday, what’s my favorite Italian dish, etc.
Ask anything you like – short questions will be answered directly in the comments, and longer questions may be filed away for future posts. I shouldn’t have to say this, but please be respectful to me and to fellow commenters.
I’ll respond to all comments posted between 11am and 11pm CET – please check back to see when your comment’s been responded to!
Thanks to everyone who left their questions! It was fun :)
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Tags: Italy · Me