How to boil boba properly + tales of disasters

I wanted to make boba for a potluck and remembered my mom used to make them. She just boiled them for 5-10 minutes and voila, easy boba! I bought a bag from Chinatown, which had zero instructions. You can see where this is going.....more

Mango Basil Sangria

I recently acquired a bottle of Pisco (clear grape brandy - I didn’t kno...more

What Should I Wear When I Go Wine Tasting? #WineEtiquette

What should you wear for wine tasting?So I was watching Real Housewives of Atlanta and enjoying it to the fullest. The ladies went wine tasting and brought some other friends along with them. I simply assumed that since the cast members of the Real Housewives crews are wealthy and two of them actually have wine lines that they push-on the Atlanta cast...I simply assumed that the women had been wine tasting before. Apparently not....more
Thanks for the tips...now I just got to get out there and start sipping!more

You Say Tomato, I Say Bloody Mary

Turning...more

Wineducation: Go Californian

You may follow what is trending on twitter, buy the latest “it” shoes from Nordstroms, or covet the newest must-have gadgets, but do you devote any time to what is trending in the world of wines?   Admittedly, I am an on-again-off-again wine trend follower. I enjoy visiting Google News and typing  “wine” in the search queue to see what interesting tidbit of information pops up, but for the most part the job of mom-wife-wine drinker is a lot to handle, so the wine trends fall off my radar....more

Make your own Chia Juices + Health Benefits of Chia Seed

By now, you’re probably seeing Chia Seeds every which way you turn, where once upon a time, the plant was relegated to kitschy gag gifts.In the past few years, Chia Juices have been springing up everywhere as well… usually with a hefty price tag of $4 or more for a single serving. There’s no need to shell out so much money to get Chia Seeds in your diet. You can make these juices at home for pennies on the dollar....more

Using Just Jujube To Make Red Date Tea (红枣茶)

Did you ever know that red dates are also known as jujube or ziziphus jujuba? It kind of reminds me of the gibberish phrase ‘zzi zzi pong‘ from a Korean drama that I watched recently, but that’s something else altogether....more

Delicious Golden Goodness for Guests

With so many different kinds of drinks out there, do you wish you had a delicious, yet  easy go-to drink recipe for when friends stop by? Well, here's one that just about anyone will love.  It has only 5 ingredients to have on hand.  Then mix together and serve in a pretty glass, with a cinnamon stick, orange peel or wedge to garnish....more

Kirkland Cabernet Sauvignon: Costco Wine?

Yup, you read the title correctly, Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, this weeks wine pick is a Costco private label product. I am sure you were aware of the fact that Costco produces Kirkland sweat socks, trail mix, and cheeses, but you may have missed their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wine offerings. ...more

A Walk in the Park & Real Hot Chocolate

Photo credit: Nancy Anne HarbordWe are in the midst of winter in the UK, but you wouldn’t know it. As of mid-January, we have barely had a frost and I can still wear my summer shoes (one of the up-sides!). I even saw daffodils – the colourful harbinger of spring – coming up yesterday, one just about to bloom its bright yellow flowers. This is not right....more