Cooking with a formula

I have been cooking for myself regularly since getting my own kitchen while in law school. My friends are always impressed when I tell them that I make dinner, and even packed lunch, for myself every day. How do you have the time, or energy, after a whole day of work? Well I actually resorted to ordering take-out once while living in Chicago and decided to never do it again. The food took almost an hour to arrive and it tasted like it had been sitting there for that long too. For comparison, when I cook for myself, it usually takes an hour from prepping to eating to cleaning up.

I am a firm believer in cooking at home over ordering take out because it’s generally more affordable, healthier, and can be done in a very little time if you get the formula right. Here is the formula I use: Continue reading →

An ode to Fall

Growing up I used to love Spring, with all the flowers and bursting pastel colors. Somewhere in my 20s Fall took over as my favorite. There is something about these in-between months (or weeks depending on where you live) that is undeniably romantic and wistful. There is an intoxicating mingling of feelings of excitement and forlorn – the anticipation of sweaters and warm beverages intertwined with the sadness of bidding summer farewell. The precious golden days of fiery foliage are inevitably followed by dreary rain and fallen leaves. Part of the magic of fall is its brevity. Unlike summer and winter, Fall is here one chilly morning and gone before you know it. It never overstays its welcome. Could one ever get enough of it? Continue reading →

Sephora VIB Sale

It’s that time of the year again: Sephora VIB Sale! I almost missed it this year since this year’s event seems much earlier than previous years’. Luckily, my best friend who is also a skincare guru, texted me and gave me the heads up. If you have also been out of the loop, the Sephora VIB Sale this year goes from now until September 3. The discount is 20% for Rouge members, 15% for VIB, and 10% for Insiders. The best part of the sale is the discount applies to just about every brand sold at Sephora, except for Dyson. There is also a limit of three products per SKU per transaction for Drunk Elephant and Tatcha (not a real problem for most people who are buying for themselves I imagine). Needless to say, this is one of the best times to stock up on all your skincare and cosmetic supplies. Continue reading →

Summer escape in the Bay Area

Shortly after V and I got back from Hawaii we left for San Francisco Bay Area for V’s job. We stayed with our extremely gracious and wonderful friends in their gorgeous house in Foster City and it was such an amazing 3+ weeks. As much as I love being home again, I find myself missing the bay area, especially when it’s 95F outside. Continue reading →