Such is life. 

There is nothing more telling than silence.  The calm before a storm, quiet on a cool summer night, the moment right before you have to wake up… In all these moments, it’s easy to predict that something more is on the way.  

I am a hard core planner and perfectionist.  From meetings to social outings, even workouts and to do items, if it’s not in my calendar, it’s probably never happening! My OCD tends to kick in at the most inconvenient moments. The funny thing about having a calendar or making things look perfect is that it never always plays out exactly how you anticipate.  You freak out for a bit, maybe have a bit of a panic attack because you really couldn’t miss that doctor’s appointment, but inevitably, everything always works out.  

Life is very much the same way.  You can plan and prepare for the week and it looks like smooth sailing (the calm before the storm), then in an instant, an emergency comes up.  You flail a little, you make it work, and you pull through.  What I’ve learned is that sometimes it’s better to loosen up the reigns because life isn’t perfect.  Sometimes it’s better to live in the moment rather than planning out your next moment from within that moment.  No matter what else is going on around you, live in that moment for you. 

  

Adventures in the Windy City

I grew up going to Chicago at least a few times a year.  It was (and still is to an extent) the closest Little Saigon to Ohio.  This past week, I decided to spend New Year’s there and boy did it bring back memories.

DSC01667I took my friends through the city that I knew – not as a local or tourist – but through my childhood eyes.  Here is my list of must see and eat places.

Chinatown
Seven Treasures Cantonese Restaurant has the best roast duck and roast pork and wonton noodle soup.  Feida’s Bakery for Chinese baked goods (like BBQ pork buns), which I Continue reading

Tis the Season for Cookies

I have to admit that I am not a big Christmas person.  It’s never been my favorite holiday.  Some things I do like about this time of year: christmas light [especially those synchronized light shows], gift giving [because what’s more fun than seeing the expression on the recipient’s face?], and baking [because, duh!].

I’m a pretty avid baker most of the year.  The holidays means more than just your average cakes and desserts.  This is when you pull out all the stops because it’s the one time of year when being in a constant sugar coma is sort of acceptable. 

This year, I put together little cookie plates Continue reading

A Macaroni and Cheese to Die For

Comfort food is the best.

On the top of my list is favorites is probably macaroni and cheese.  I love it out of the blue box [#noshame], classically baked, with fancy cheeses and with every twist in between.

This mac and cheese recipe I’ve made a few times and it’s always been a huge hit.  It feels decadent and rich, but in reality, it’s loaded with goodness.  I am huge on knowing where my food comes from before I put it in my mouth, and more importantly – putting my own twist on recipes [what’s a recipe?🙂].   Continue reading