The Good Old Days of Blogging: What Has Changed in the Last 10 Years?

Back when I started blogging, you had to write your posts uphill... both ways. We didn't have these newfangled social media sites. If you wanted someone to read your post, you stood on a wooden fruit crate on the street corner and shouted, "click me!" And we liked it that way. We were happy. What stands out for YOU in the last 10 years? Share your ideas as part of BlogHer's 10th Anniversary Selfiebration! ...more
Just had my 9th anniversary in March. I put my food blog on hiatus in 2008, around the time when ... more

Legitimate Cramming

Some trends come and go while others have staying power. For me, the whole dessert in a jar trend was cute the first few times but by now it’s already a little tired....more
 @victorias_view  It was a very good birthday weekend. :) more

Moroccan-Inspired Bento

Bento is not exclusive to Japanese cooking in my kitchen. The concept of portable lunch in a compact and visually pleasing package makes so much sense that I happily pack bento for all kinds of cuisines. Remember my French bento? Or my bento with Smoked Salmon Wild Rice and Vegetable Patties?...more
 @lauriemann57  I tried boiling and roasting beets before but neither appealed. Using the slow ... more

Moroccan-Inspired Bento

Bento is not exclusive to Japanese cooking in my kitchen. The concept of portable lunch in a compact and visually pleasing package makes so much sense that I happily pack bento for all kinds of cuisines. Remember my French bento? Or my bento with Smoked Salmon Wild Rice and Vegetable Patties?...more
 @wdolderer  It's one of my favourite ways to pack lunch. :) more

Cinco De Mayo

Aficionados of Mexican cuisine may want to avert your eyes as I show off my Mole Chicken Chili in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo this Saturday. This is by no means authentic but that doesn’t mean it is not tasty. In fact, I happily drowned my chickpea flour-dusted roti with succulent pieces of chicken, mole sauce, fresh green scallions, and toasty sesame seeds. Being authentic is not the only way to be sometimes....more
 @victorias_view  Thank you! Re: grocery prices. As a shopper, of course I welcome a good deal. ... more

Comfort Of Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

In exactly two weeks, I will be on my way to Denmark and Germany for World Masters Championship. The pressure of a big competition is mounting and I can feel it both mentally and physically. Comfort food is especially alluring right now but more importantly than ever, I have to eat healthy. How unfortunate. Because I’m experiencing the biggest craving for grilled cheese sandwiches right now....more
 @victorias_view  Haven't really thought about it yet. Cravings are pointing to old favourites ... more

Comfort Of Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

In exactly two weeks, I will be on my way to Denmark and Germany for World Masters Championship. The pressure of a big competition is mounting and I can feel it both mentally and physically. Comfort food is especially alluring right now but more importantly than ever, I have to eat healthy. How unfortunate. Because I’m experiencing the biggest craving for grilled cheese sandwiches right now....more
 @victorias_view  I only wish lunch was so scrumptious! Today's menu for me was a CLIF bar. ... more

Baking In My Cubicle

I recently moved from an open space set up to a cubicle at the office. The novelty factor hasn’t worn off yet and I’m still enjoying the additional privacy. However, it does get a little lonely compare to the old days when chatting with my teammates is a simple matter of cranking my neck a little to the left. Since I spend much of my waking hours at the office, it makes sense that there are certain elements of “living” that I do in my space. For example, I keep a set of toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss within easy reach....more
 @victorias_view  It was! Quickly devoured by everyone in my team. :) more

Excitement Over A Pan

I must be living a pretty boring life because I get excited over a new cake pan I bought on Saturday. For the longest time, I do not own a classic bundt cake pan. My star shape bundt pan gave me plenty of beautiful cakes but it was getting a little monotonous. Every time I saw other people’s photos of bundt cakes, I experienced a bad case of pan envy. Well, envy no more. I finally bought my own classic bundt pan and it’s not just any bundt pan....more
 @victorias_view  Thank you! Now I have to stop myself from eyeing all those OTHER pretty bundt ... more

A Time To Grieve

I am not unfamiliar with death and grief but the passing of a wonderful friend last weekend brought me face to face with the reality of grieving through social media. Friends from past and present all came out of the woodwork to post remembrance and condolence messages on his profile. There were poignant sentiments expressed by friends he made from different stages in life. He touched the lives of many of us as mentor and friend. It was unanimous that his smile and upbeat attitude changed us for the better and he will be sorely missed....more
 @victorias_viewThanks Victoria for your kind words. I can't even begin to imagine what it's ... more