Captivations v.6

birthday cupcakes

My birthday was a week-long celebration and as “low-key” as it was compared to years past, it was perfect. It included lots of time with friends; dinners at Monkey King Noodle Company, Olamaie, Jacoby’s and Licha’s; brunch at South Congress Café; donuts at Glazed; and cupcakes from Cupcaking Desire. My birthday timing is growing on me. It’s in-between Thanksgiving and Christmas and a timely reminder to give thanks. Continue reading

A Grand Friendsgiving


Thanksgiving is growing on me. As a kid, Thanksgiving didn’t excite me, despite the break from school, because it was too close to my birthday, causing scheduling difficulties, and my family ate our normal Chinese meals except for the addition of a dry, home-cooked turkey smothered in gravy. I’ve only recently discovered the excitement of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, so I was excited to host a Friendsgiving potluck. Continue reading

Make-Your-Own Pizza Party

Make Your Own Pizza Ingredients

I love pizza and a make-your-own-pizza party is easy to put together. All you need is dough, sauce, toppings, fizzy drinks, and really cool people.

First, prepare your dough. I used the Smitten Kitchen recipe for leisurely pizza dough and made it the night before. Lesson learned: let it sit on your counter the morning of for a few hours to let it get back to room temperature. This will impact your end product. Continue reading

Flavors of the Month: October 2014

Looking back on my flavors of October, I realized I had a DREAM month, from the state fair to several of Austin’s top restaurants. (Unless noted, the restaurants mentioned below are located in Austin.)

La Barbecue

Brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, potato salad and beans at La Barbecue
My friend Aaron (one of my best eating companions!) and I have wanted to try La Barbecue for a while, so we luckily got a pre-order in one Saturday morning. What they say is true – this is some of the best barbecue in Austin. Yes, you’ll need to get to this trailer at least an hour before to get the best selection of meat and to get it ASAP. Continue reading

Captivations v.4


Every once in a while I find myself in a panic from comparing my journey and successes to others’ (Don’t do it!). This article is written for the ladies but we should all remember that you can define success in any way that you want to and you should focus on doing the things you love through any outlet. Any other life lessons or thoughts about this?
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Flavors of the Month: September 2014

I started September deliciously in Greece and blogged about that here. Coming back from Greece, the rest of September was spent trying to revive my melancholy bank account. I did, however, have a fantastic not pictured meal at Xian Sushi and Noodle. The Shoyu Ramen with Spaghetti noodles and Stir-Fried Noodles with fettuccine noodles were fantastic. Here are some other flavors of the month:


Cookies by Kellies Kandies and Cookies at the Austin Way Magazine Launch Party
How about those cookies with Ethan Hawke’s face / the premiere magazine cover on them? Continue reading