Sugar Cane Shrimp

Sugar Cane Shrimp (Chao Tom)

April 24 , 2015 by Hong - in Flowers

One of my favorite things to eat when I’m at any Vietnamese restaurant is vermicelli rice noodles. It’s typically served with egg rolls, grilled chicken or pork and if you’re lucky sugar cane shrimp. Similar to egg rolls, they are actually an easy and forgiving recipe, yet a little labor intensive. I’ve always been a […]


Happy Earth Day

April 22 , 2015 by Hong - in Inspiration

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d give you a visual tour of the earth around me…. ┬áLemon balm making a reappearance in the herb garden. Hellebores Moss over rockery. Hostas peeking through. And assorted fungi growing in such beautiful patterns… Happy Earth Day


April 10 , 2015 by Hong - in Food

Have you heard of chouqettes? They’re a french treat made of the same batter as cream puffs. The difference being that there is no filling and they’re topped with a bunch of pearl sugar. YUM! The key is to make sure you use pearl sugar as they can withstand higher temperatures and you don’t want […]

Flourless Chocolate Cake

April 08 , 2015 by Hong - in Food

One of my most favorite things in the world is chocolate cake. I came across this recipe about a year ago and have attempted it a few times. The first time I failed miserably as I didn’t use a spring form pan. This time it came out imperfectly perfect. I was saving my Belgian chocolates […]

Easter Cake

April 07 , 2015 by Hong - in Holiday, Weekend

Did you have a nice Easter celebration? Here are some photos from my weekend. We had a little celebration in our backyard, starting with firing up the grill and then an egg hunt for the wee ones. I baked this coconut cake and topped it off with the sweetest bunny. And of course my favorite […]

In honor of the 126th Birthday of the Eiffel Tower yesterday, I thought I would share some of my best places in Paris to view this beauty. The 2nd floor of the Louvre from the Richelieu wing. From the Dome of Sacre Coeur. Keep in mind it is a climb of 300 steps but absolutely […]

Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris, Je T’aime

March 30 , 2015 by Hong - in Favorites, Places

Hello and Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did you try that macaron recipe? How did it turn out? I thought I would share some photos of Paris with you this week. I wasn’t quite sure how to organize the trip in writing so I think I’ll just highlight a few of my favorite sights. […]


I’m taking a little break from Europe and treating you all to this beautifully delicious recipe to start your weekend. One of my splurge souvenirs while in France was a Laduree cookbook. This book is absolutely breathtaking, which inspired me to get into the kitchen…you can thank me later! Remember when I made these? You […]


Eating and Seeing in Bruges

March 25 , 2015 by Hong - in Food, Places

When I’m visiting a foreign country I love discovering the local eateries. If you haven’t already guessed, my life revolves around eating and photographing. I was quite surprised to experience such great food while we were in Bruges. Our first dinner was at this great Argentinian restaurant just near the town square. My sister in […]

Dille & Kamille, Bruges Belgium

Did you know that the historic city center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? One can understand why after exploring just a small part of the city square. This is where we focused most of our attention for two days. I arrived at the train station early in the afternoon and was able […]

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