Posted in February 2012

belated valentines dinner

belated valentines dinner

True to form, we celebrated Valentine’s Day late this year. My father-in-law was alone this Valentine’s so he brought over Sichuan take-out for dinner on the 14th. Not a bad way to spend Valentine’s Day since I didn’t have to do any cooking or preparation. But I promised to make my husband a nice dinner … Continue reading

i heart cookies

i heart cookies

My son loves to “make” cookies with Play-doh: roll it out, stamp out different shapes and “cook” them in his Ikea kitchen oven. I figured he would love to help me make the real thing. I was planning to buy ready-made sugar cookie dough but didn’t want to make a stop and get the kids … Continue reading

bye-bye bridal

bye-bye bridal

In a previous life (before kids) I was a bridal gown designer. Yes, I made wedding gowns. I designed them, draped them, made patterns and sewed them, with the help of two assistant seamstresses who could sew much faster than me. My love of fashion began at an early age. While other kids were excited … Continue reading

heavenly haven

heavenly haven

I’ve been posting a lot about restaurants lately. I don’t intend to make this blog all about restaurants, but I guess I spend a fair share of my life eating and enjoy the occasional meal out. Now that our kids are going to bed reliably every night, we have reinstated Friday night date nights. Our … Continue reading

loco for locanda

loco for locanda

It’s 10:30 pm on a Friday night in the Mission and we’re just sitting down to dinner. This is how the other half lives. The other half being the young folks, the kids without kids, the people who live on the other side of the bridge. We’re meeting our much younger sister- & brother-in-law in … Continue reading

sunny nook

sunny nook

I like things clean. It’s not because I’m anal or OCD (okay, maybe it is), but aesthetically, I like things white and devoid of clutter. When we pick paint for our walls, we always default to white. White Everything. White, white, white. It’s the easiest color choice with the least chance of regret. And if … Continue reading

honor-able mention

honor-able mention

A friend invited me to check out a new bar in Emeryville. She said, “They have fried chicken!” That’s all she needed to say. So on a rainy Friday night, we headed over to the Honor Bar, at the corner of Hollis & Powell. It used to be a sushi restaurant where no one ate … Continue reading